As we start to learn more and more about the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese Communist Party looks more and more complicit. They would like for us to believe that they are merely innocent victims in all of this. Nothing is further from the actual truth.
The Chinese Communist Party wanted to make sure that they were able to maximize their advantages and they did not care about the global ripple effect of their actions. Department of Homeland Security reports confirm this. Did the Chinese hide crucial information from the world? Did they lie about the virus when the outbreak first started to become apparent?
It seems obvious to everyone that the answer to both of these questions is yes. While they were definitely trying to make sure that they were not allowing themselves to look stupid, there are more nefarious reasons behind their actions. They wanted to use the time that they had to get ahead of everyone else to their benefit.
U.S. officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak — and how contagious the disease is — to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show.
Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from the world in early January, according to a four-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report dated May 1 and obtained by The Associated Press. The revelation comes as the Trump administration has intensified its criticism of China, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying Sunday that that country was responsible for the spread of disease and must be held accountable.
By lying about the severity of the virus during the early stages, they gave themselves the chance to stockpile all of the necessary supplies. The Chinese wanted to make sure that they were getting ahead of the global market before it was too late. United States officials strongly believe that this was the case.
The Associated Press has obtained the report from the Department of Homeland Security and these findings are bone chilling. The Trump administration has been ramping up its criticism of China as of late. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had some strong words for China on Sunday, claiming that they are directly responsible for the spread of the disease.
United States officials believe that the Chinese need to be held accountable. The analysis from the Department of Homeland Security is somewhat confusing, though. At first, it seems like their claims about the Chinese are being made unequivocally. At the end of the four page report, there is some doubt being added to the mix and this is puzzling.
Their conclusion is bizarre. There was no public evidence to support the claims that China was buying up medical supplies? How can the officials who are bringing this information to the world feel good about what they are doing? They are willing to publicly accuse China of something that they have no evidence of.
The report is definitely going to be polarizing. Chinese officials may have been hesitant to report the bad news and they do keep tight control over their information. These labels fit the Chinese like a glove but it does not mean that they were purposely hoarding important medical equipment. The timeline that is being provided by United States officials is confusing as well.
On one hand, they want us to think that intentional deception has been taken place. On the other, it is hard to have much of a takeaway from this story outside of what we already knew. China obviously knew that the outbreak was taking place before they decided to inform the rest of the world. During this time period, they were in the process of ramping up their medical equipment purchases.
Even if we decide to take China at their word on this and assume that they were telling the truth, it is not as if we could have done much about it anyway. By the time the United States knew what was going on, it was too late to contain the virus. Mitigation was the only option that we had available to us in the moment. Infected Americans were flying back and forth from China well before the holidays and the bug was already in our country before we knew what was going on.
We had no idea that there was a problem that needed to be dealt with until it was already too late. It is easy to see why United States officials are looking for answers wherever they can find them. At the moment, we should be learning about far more important revelations. For starters, we have allowed the Chinese to control our global supply chains for far too long.
The Chinese Communist Party is a bad faith actor on the global stage. Any benevolence that they have to offer is merely the prelude to their next economic hope. As soon as it is no longer economically viable to the Chinese to work with others, they are always going to drop the benevolent act entirely. There is simply far too much evidence on hand for any American to be able to ignore.