Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak that emanated across the globe from Wuhan, China, the Chinese government has conducted a full-fledged disinformation campaign that includes failing to report the true number of its citizens infected with the virus. The number could be close to 2.9 million, according to a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute
“In early April,” Derek Scissors of AEI wrote in the report, “headlines read that the global figure for COVID-19 cases had breached one million. At the same time, China rejected charges by US intelligence and others that it has lied about the extent of its outbreak.”
Scissors’ report indicates that the “migrant outflow” of more than 5 million people from Wuhan in the weeks before the Chinese government instituted a citywide lockdown allowed the virus to circulate throughout the country. It’s estimated that 1.5-2 million of the people who left Wuhan, left Hubei province entirely at the time. Meanwhile, 465,000 flew to 10 listed cities outside of Hubei.
If the number was less than 5 million people and the infection rate was at 2.3 percent, which are conservative estimates, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases outside of Wuhan would’ve still surpassed what China reported, according to AEI’s report.
“How many cases China is failing to acknowledge is less a matter of the number of initially infected migrants than the days they were in circulation,” Scissors wrote.
After Wuhan closed its borders on January 23, there were already 27,000 cases of the virus from migrants who left Wuhan. Scissors concluded that after looking at the models from Italy and adjusting for China’s population size, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country is closer to 3 million. China, however, has reported just over 15,000 cases.
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Reportedly President Joe Biden is making deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help improve anti-drug trafficking measures. China is one of the top fentanyl producers and distributors, culminating in a pandemic of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the United States.
The Biden administration will be lifting sanctions on a Chinese government ministry, in exchange for bolstering anti-drug trafficking measures, Bloomberg reported. “We’re hoping to see some progress on that issue this coming week,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday, according to the New York Post. “That could then open the door to further cooperation on other issues where we aren’t just managing things, but we’re actually delivering tangible results.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation noted that should a deal materialize, it will be at least the third time that China has promised to get tough on fentanyl. In 2016, China agreed to increase counter-narcotics operations, and Xi again agreed to launch a crackdown in 2018. Nonetheless, China and Mexico are “the primary source countries for fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked directly into the United States,” according to a 2020 DEA intelligence report.
“China remains the primary source of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked through international mail and express consignment operations environment, as well as the main source for all fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the United States.”
President Joe Biden and Xi are meeting for the first time in over a year during this week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco. Sources familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will crack down on Chinese companies manufacturing chemical precursors for fentanyl in exchange for the U.S. lifting sanctions on the Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science, which the Commerce Department added to the Entity List in 2020 for “engaging in human rights violations and abuses” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
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