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China Says That Corona Originated in US!

If you think the US is the only place to find conspiracy theories about the coronavirus outbreak – think again. China is spreading its own spin on the virus, and it’s a doozy, the social media rumor mill in China is claiming that the US, and not China is ground zero for the outbreak, and it Washington, and not Bejing, that owes the world an apology.

It all started when the influential Weibo page “Beijing Things” circulated a Taiwanese television clip showing a pharmacologist speculating about the United States as the contagion’s origin. Writers at popular outlets on WeChat, then picked up on the story and began churning out “fake news” laying out how the U.S. military could have deployed the pathogen as a clandestine bioweapon during a trip to Wuhan in October.

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In the video posted by the Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is asked whether there may have been deaths attributed to influenza that could actually have been the result of Covid-19. Redfield responds in the affirmative: “Some cases have been actually diagnosed that way in the United States today.”

Redfield’s vague answer was enough to add fuel to a conspiracy theory that has been gaining traction over the past two weeks in China – that the coronavirus did not originate in China but may have come from the US instead.

“The US has finally acknowledged that among those who had died of the influenza previously were cases of the coronavirus. The true source of the virus was the US!” one commentator on the video said. “The US owes the world, especially China, an apology,” another said. “American coronavirus,” one wrote.

The theory has gained traction over the past few weeks, after a respected epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan, said in a passing remark at a press conference in late  February that although the virus first appeared in China “it may not have originated in China.”

Last week, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman suggested without evidence that the US military might have brought the virus to the Wuhan, the center of the outbreak. Zhao Lijian accused the US of lacking transparency, saying on Twitter, “When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!”

China’s ambassador to South Africa said last week on Twitter that the virus was not necessarily “made in China.”

An editorial in Xinhua, the official government newspaper, last week also echoed Zhong, “The epidemic was first reported in China but that does not mean it necessarily originated in China … The WHO has said many times that Covid-19 is a global phenomenon with its source still undetermined.”

Officials have framed the campaign as a protest against the “politicization” of the outbreak by countries such as the US, where some officials have continued to use the terms “Chinese coronavirus” or “Wuhan virus,” despite the World Health Organization’s discouragement. But analysts say China may be looking to deflect blame as the coronavirus spreads around the world.

“We might be heading into first global recession caused by Chinese Communist party mismanagement,” wrote Bill Bishop, author of the China newsletter Sinocism. “Previous manmade disasters in China since 1949 never really spread outside the People’s Republic of China’s borders in meaningful ways.”

“This time looks to be different … And that is likely one of the reasons the propaganda apparatus and PRC officials are pushing so hard the idea that virus may not have originated in China,” he wrote.

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15 Comments on this post.
  • CynthiA klemm
    18 March 2020 at 5:01 pm
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    I believe that China weaponized this virus to bring down our economy and hurt our business sector. I believe after this pandemic that China doesn’t want to pay tariffs.This pandemic will effect our family especially if it lasts more then 2 weeks.If this lasts more my husbands small business will won’t be there anymore and we will not be able to pay our bills.

  • Steve
    18 March 2020 at 5:35 pm
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  • Mike
    18 March 2020 at 5:43 pm
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    China is merely deflecting responsibility.

  • Barbara
    18 March 2020 at 5:46 pm
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    GUESS WHAT CHINA , ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ———THIS YOU CAN’T BLAME ON US , IT ALL STARTED WITH YOU AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT. FIRST YOU SAID IT WAS IN THE FISH MARKET, THEN YOU FINAL SAID IT YOUR SELF IN THE LAB. YOU EVEN WENT AND SHOWS US THE LAB. YOU CAN’T BRAIN WASH US LIKE YOU DO YOUR PEOPLE AND I EVEN THINK THEY ARE WAKING UP TO YOUR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. YOU HAVE STOLEN FROM US CHINA. EVEN EUROPE IS SEEING THROUGH YOUR LIES.!

  • Voldemort
    18 March 2020 at 6:13 pm
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    A few months ago the DNC said they needed an economic disruption to stand chance in the 2020 election. They got their disruption. are they happy?

  • Terry Frizzell
    18 March 2020 at 6:17 pm
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    Heck yeah we did and we’ll do it again, put that in your wok and steam it.

  • Timothy
    18 March 2020 at 6:19 pm
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    This sounds to me like a democratic media push to do anything to undermine the Trump re-election chances and help the Clintons, Obama’s , Biden’s and the Democratic Party steal an election like they tried in 2016…, the majority population saw through their lies, and we will again. Trump for 4 more years, will help to get rid of the radicals trying to take over the moderates of the Democratic Party. Enough with Socialism, enough with minority rights.., let’s get back to the majority rules.

  • Neo
    18 March 2020 at 7:14 pm
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    China already admitted that they started it now they wanna blame the USA! hey china go screw yourself, you started this virus and you know it.

  • Billy Wilson
    18 March 2020 at 8:31 pm
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    China will never admit that they screwed up big time with their experiment got away from the , Who to blame the USA their enemy; why to defer all accounts off them.

  • Mike
    18 March 2020 at 10:02 pm
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    Chinese BS. It is no coincidence that the initial breakout of the virus was in a village near a Chinese Chemical/Biological Warfare laboratory. Chinese putting out Communist propaganda.

  • Mike
    18 March 2020 at 10:03 pm
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    Chinese BS. It is no coincidence that the initial breakout of the virus was in a village near a Chinese Chemical/Biological Warfare laboratory. Chinese putting out Communist propaganda.

  • david
    18 March 2020 at 10:30 pm
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    AND we should believe China;;;;;;;;;;too funny.

  • Furdanan
    18 March 2020 at 11:01 pm
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    The Chinese kung-fu-flu

  • Joe
    19 March 2020 at 12:39 am
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    Funny, Wuhan has the most up to date biotech facility in China. Don’t buy into your BS china.

  • Ken Champagne
    19 March 2020 at 4:42 pm
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    China is a disgraceful country on our planet. Their leaders only worship money and have no concerns for the good Chinese people or any other people on earth. It takes a very evil government to threaten to keep medication from any human being that is helpless and show no compassion for human beings. They only care about the money they might loose. I call on people of the entire world to condemn the Chinese government and start a complete boycott of all of their products and services that all people in the world has blessed them with!

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