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Letter from NIH Official Admits to Funding Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan

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A letter was sent to Republican Representative James Comer from Lawrence A. Tabak of the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirming what many Republicans have concluded about the novel coronavirus pandemic, but have been denied by Fauci and others in the Biden administration.

The letter, sent Wednesday by the top NIH official, admits U.S. taxpayers did indeed fund gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan. “In keeping with Fauci’s refusal to use ‘gain-of-function,’ Tabak avoids the term, though the work he described matches its commonplace definition precisely,” writes National Review.

Additionally, the letter confirmed the U.S. non-profit EcoHealth Alliance that funneled money from the NIH to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was not transparent about its work. Tabak writes about a “limited experiment” that was conducted to test if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.” The lab mice infected “became sicker” than those infected with the unmodified bat virus.

EcoHealth had filed a “previously unpublished” grant proposal with the NIAID. The proposal was obtained by The Intercept and exposed that $599,000 of the total grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was for research figuring out how to make viruses more dangerous and/or infectious.

Additionally, Tabak reveals EcoHealth failed to comply with its reporting responsibilities under the grant, therefore now has five days to submit to NIH “any and all unpublished data” relating to the project for compliance purposes.

National Review writes “Dr. Richard Ebright, biosafety expert and professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University, had previously rebutted Fauci’s claim that the NIH ‘has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology [WIV]’ as ‘demonstrably false.”

“Ebright told National Review that the NIH-financed work at the WIV ‘epitomizes’ the definition of gain-of-function research, which deals with ‘enhanced potential pandemic pathogen (PPP)’ or those pathogens ‘resulting from the enhancement of the transmissibility and/or virulence of a pathogen.”

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.

Conclusion

According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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