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As US Confronts Coronavirus Pandemic, China And Others Exploit The Threat

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When General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff, announced that the U.S. wouldn’t let the cartels “get past jump street” after the Pentagon received intelligence that they were planning to exploit the coronavirus crisis, he was not just sending a message to the drug cartels, he was sending a “message to every enemy state actor across the globe that is thinking about taking advantage of this situation in the United States” amid the coronavirus outbreak, Sara A. Carter told listeners during her podcast “The Sara Carter Show” Thursday.

One of those foreign adversaries is China, Carter explained. Not only is China the origin of the pandemic, it is responsible for the manufacturing of the illicit narcotic fentanyl that’s been the fuel behind the drug crisis in the U.S. and it’s been able to bring the drug into the country with the help of their distributors, the cartels.

“Remember, China imports so much fentanyl into the United States. And the reason we’re losing so many of our young lives, so many Americans in this drug war is because of that.” Carter said, “It is because of fentanyl. It is because of the amount of narcotics that are coming in through Mexico. Remember, China pushes them in through Mexico, Mexican drug cartels then push them into the United States. Although the cartels have taken over some of the production of fentanyl inside Mexico.”

Further exacerbating the problem is China’s push into South China Sea, rich in fossil fuel. In recent days the Chinese military has deployed large-scale military assets into the area and conducted military drills. The U.S. military is having to reshuffle its resources and assisting with transferring much needed medical equipment and deploying its medical personal and ships to aid in the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. Navy is doing its best in attempting to balance out the needs of fighting the COVID19 pandemic and keeping watch over enemy actors. For example, the New York Times reported that the Navy is “refusing to completely evacuate an aircraft carrier where 93 service members have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.”

Moreover, China has still not been held accountable for the mass quantities of fentanyl being illegally shipped into the United States. Gordon Chang, a China Expert, agreed with her on the issue. He warned that China’s control of fentanyl trafficking into the U.S. is a major national security issue.

He said that the problem will only be resolved if the U.S. puts China in check.

“These fentanyl gangs are multinational,” said Chang. “They are large. They’re well organized and in a totalitarian surveillance society that China now runs, China has to know what’s going on, and, yet, these gangs continue to operate selling fentanyl into the United States and killing Americans by the tens of thousands every year.”

He continued, “So we have to, as the General (Milley) said, these gangs are killing Americans…And China is killing Americans and we’re not going to solve the fentanyl problem until we solve the China political problem. So this is all bound up together and we’ve got to recognize that this is part of an existential attack on American society where Americans are dying and Americans are not only dying.”

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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