Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is a virus that creates viruses! (part 1 of 2)
Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Under the CCP China does not have the rule of law, it has the rule by law in which this authoritarian regime, the worst in the World's history, dictates everything to its citizens and increasingly to everyone and everything on our Earth. CCP is a virus!
We should note that a virus, rather like a parasite, will sometimes disable particular functions or parts of its host organism. A virus doesn't know it's a virus. It can be very tricky, hiding or masking itself when needs be, to evade detection. It can present itself as something else more desirable or mimic something less sinister than it is. A virus, just like the CCP, can do things that will deflect attention from themselves, all the while hiding the damage they inflict. It can be quite selective in who and what it infects, and what effect it will have on those inflicted. It might make those infected act as if they are possessed. What is more, a virus like the CCP can send out nasty little mercenaries who do required field work on its behalf.
(Part 2 of this blog concerns CCP responsibility for and response to the Covid-19
CCP is a virus: "Social engineering" by CCP, the world's most brutal authoritarian state ever!
Source: Wikipedia (bold format added)
According to R. J. Rummel's book Death by Government (1994), about 110 million people, foreign and domestic, were killed by communist democide from 1900 to 1987. In 1993, Rummel wrote: "Even were we to have total access to all communist archives we still would not be able to calculate precisely how many the communists murdered. Consider that even in spite of the archival statistics and detailed reports of survivors, the best experts still disagree by over 40 percent on the total number of Jews killed by the Nazis. We cannot expect near this accuracy for the victims of communism. We can, however, get a probable order of magnitude and a relative approximation of these deaths within a most likely range".
Due to additional information about Mao's culpability in the Great Chinese Famine from the work of Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, in late 2005 Rummel revised upward his total for communist democide between 1900 and 1999 to about 148 million, using their estimate of 38 million famine deaths.
The Chinese Communist Party came to power in China in 1949 after a long and bloody civil war between communists and nationalists. There is a general consensus among historians that after Mao Zedong seized power, his policies and political purges directly or indirectly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. Based on the Soviets' experience, Mao considered violence to be necessary in order to achieve an ideal society that would be derived from Marxism and as a result he planned and executed violence on a grand scale.
Benjamin Valentino claims that the Great Leap Forward was a cause of the Great Chinese Famine and the worst effects of the famine were steered towards the regime's enemies. Those who were labeled "black elements" (religious leaders, rightists and rich peasants) in earlier campaigns died in the greatest numbers because they were given the lowest priority in the allocation of food. In Mao's Great Famine, historian Frank Dikötter writes that "coercion, terror, and systematic violence were the very foundation of the Great Leap Forward" and it "motivated one of the most deadly mass killings of human history". Dikötter estimates that at least 2.5 million people were summarily killed or tortured to death during this period. His research in local and provincial Chinese archives indicates the death toll was at least 45 million: "In most cases the party knew very well that it was starving its own people to death". In a secret meeting at Shanghai in 1959, Mao issued the order to procure one third of all grain from the countryside, saying: "When there is not enough to eat people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill".
In light of additional evidence of Mao's culpability, Rummel added those killed by the Great Famine to his total for Mao's democide for a total of at least 77 million people killed in China.
How many times does CCP have to lie before we just say, ‘ok, they are liars’?
Miami: It’s time to practice social (and economic and political) distancing from Patient Zero of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
This global disaster has one origin, the nature of the CCP. I’ll explain.
Some believe the virus came from a market in Wuhan where they sell live animals for food. Others, especially if they have WhatsApp, believe it came from a biomedical lab in Wuhan, possibly accidentally released.
Either way, the CCP is to blame. Those types of markets, apart from contravening myriad health codes and often illegally selling endangered and protected animals, have likely been the source of other outbreaks, including possibly SARS in 2003. They should not exist.
So the CCP was deliberately ignoring something illegal and known to be dangerous, or it didn’t have the power to shut it down. Either way, it’s a failure of governance. Similarly, but more so, if the lab was involved.
Once the outbreak was detected, the sort of enforcement the CCP didn’t use on dangerous markets was efficiently and brutally directed at medical professionals trying to understand why their patients were falling sick and dying. In early December, doctor Li Wenliang asked colleagues about a new respiratory infection. He was soon dragged in by the police for questioning and forced to sign a statement saying he was lying about the infection. The infection that later killed him.
In the meantime, while the virus was being downplayed by order of the CCP, around 5 million residents of Wuhan headed out of town for the holidays, carrying it far and wide throughout China, and beyond.
The misapplication of force, lying, blaming the victim, and the disregard for the safety of Chinese (or any other) citizens if it might cause the Party any immediate problems, are all standard operating procedure for the CCP. And it has been since its founding. Over the decades, the nature and resulting policies of the CCP have resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of Chinese from starvation, poisoned rivers, “family planning”, politically-motivated imprisonment, the list goes on and on.
Now the CCP’s self-serving policies around the virus are not only killing its own people, they are killing thousands around the world, and bringing the global economy to a shuddering stop.
It is time to isolate the cause of this deadly global contagion, the CCP. These are extraordinary times. Defensively, countries are doing things never thought possible; going into lockdown, pumping trillions into the economy, invoking war-time measures.
Now it is also time to do things that will better position us once we are through the worst of it, the sort of things that were once described as too expensive, too hard, too big a change. Terms that mean a lot less now. We can begin with policies that might go a long way to making sure we aren’t in this situation again all too soon.
Here are three ways to start:
Social distancing of the CCP. The CCP is waging a very aggressive “narrative” war about the virus. So far, government-linked sources have tried to say it originated in the United States and Italy. Blame the victims. It also continues to obfuscate its data on infections, dissemination, and deaths—data that could save lives, including in China. If it had spent half the effort controlling the virus as it is spending trying to control the narrative, we might not be where we are now.
The CCP is so keen to make it look like Beijing has the virus under control in order to ensure the CCP won’t lose face or, just as important, in-bound investment, that it is knowingly creating the circumstances in which more people will certainly die.
Global newspapers are full of CCP apologists creating false analogies about how “other governments lie as well”. They need to be called out. Sure, other governments lie but, at least in democracies, there are checks and balances. The press, the medical professionals, the judiciary. In China, if any of those step out of line, the CCP will cut them down.
How many times does the CCP have to lie before we just say, “ok, they are liars”? And question everything they say. For example, endless headlines are proclaiming the US has the largest numbers of deaths. That’s only true if you believe China’s statistics. I don’t. And so I won’t repeat them, or use them in analyses or discussions. I don’t want to help the CCP sell its lies.
Imagine you had a neighbour who consistently lied to you about everything, including where your property line is, and how their rabid dog is actually a nice fluffy bunny. And when their rabid dog bites you, he then tells you it’s actually your dog and so your fault, and you should keep your dog out of their (rapidly expanding) property or you are offending them. Would you take that neighbour at their word about anything else? Or would you, as much as possible, keep a social distance? India, does that sound like any of your neighbours (actually, probably more than one, but that is another column)?
Economic distancing of the CCP. Similarly, we are seeing through this pandemic that Chinese companies will do anything to make money, including selling faulty medical protection equipment and virus tests. Again, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Remember about ten years ago when the Nigerian government found fake medicines made in China were being sold in the country labelled as “Made in India”?
The CCP says, “oh that’s not us, that’s the private sector”, but it’s the same situation as the illegal markets. Either that means the CCP doesn’t care Chinese companies are killing people with their products, or they don’t have the power to stop them. Given the level of surveillance in China, I’d bet on the former. But even if it were the latter, it would show a dangerous failure of governance. Again.
Combine that approach with the notorious theft of IP, intimidation of foreign investors, a deeply corrupt system, disruptions to supply chains as the CCP locks and unlocks sectors based on something that is not science, and a festering trade war, and it may be time to start looking at investing elsewhere. Some countries are already tentatively trying to encourage their companies to do exactly that. Recently, Japan announced a subsidy scheme to help Japanese companies that want to relocate out of China to Japan or Southeast Asian countries.
Political distancing of the CCP. This is the big one. If we accept that the CCP lies, and seems to care more about its own survival than the health of its citizens (and those in the rest of the world), why does it have the right to set the agenda in, for example, the World Health Organization (WHO)?
While the CCP was lying about how contagious the virus is, non-WHO member Taiwan was trying to alert the world that person-to-person transmission was possible, something essential to know when crafting responses. That fact was a key component of Taiwan’s so far effective domestic policies, resulting in Taiwan being one of the few countries not in a total virus panic. If Taiwan was a member of the WHO, thousands of people might still be alive, and the global economy might not be in free fall.
The CCP similarly infects other international organisations, as it seeks to use them for narrow, and potentially dangerous, advantage. This isn’t a call to expel China from such fora, but rather to give its voice the credibility it deserves, while ensuring other voices that actually do realise that we are all in this together, such as Taiwan, can be heard.
Maybe with social, economic and political distancing, we can contain the dangerous contagion that close contact with the CCP inevitably engenders. And, if so, when the next crisis comes out of China, we will already have our protective gear in place.
CCP is a virus: China's Guangdong Passes Emergency Law Allowing Seizure of Private Property, Goods
Source: RFA 12 February 2020. Reported by Qiao Long for RFA's Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.
The widespread requisitioning of private property by the Chinese government for use as isolation facilities in the coronavirus epidemic has sparked fears that officials will abuse their powers, as the number of confirmed cases topped 45,000.
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong recently passed emergency legislation authorizing local governments to requisition privately owned property, transportation, equipment and other goods to fight the epidemic of COVID-19, as the virus has been named by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Local commentators say there are concerns that the move will pave the way for officially sanctioned looting of private property amid the chaos of the epidemic.
In Wuhan and other parts of China, the authorities have requisitioned buildings and intercepted packages of goods needed for epidemic control, including privately purchased supplies of protective clothing and face masks.
Liang Yiming, a resident of Guangdong's provincial capital Guangzhou, said she has her doubts about the policy. "If they are using [properties] to isolate people who have been infected, they should take over an entire residential compound that is easier to lock down and control," Liang told RFA.
"There's a government building in every district, used by the administration," "These properties don't belong to the [ruling] Chinese Communist Party, but have been paid for by the taxpayer," she said. "I think we would be much more willing to to cooperate ... if they first requisitioned all of the government office buildings, the police stations and police departments."
Corruption and revenge fears
Hong Kong-based political commentator Liu Ruishao said there are concerns that any kind of requisitioning is wide open to abuse by corrupt officials, or to exact official revenge on someone who ran afoul of the authorities.
"They are taking civilian supplies, but is there reasonable compensation offered?" Liu said. "If people don't agree, will the officials come and force them to comply?" "The law is mainly there to protect the government," he said. "The epidemic is is likely to get further out of control, and officials know that they may not have enough resources to fight it." "That's why they're looking to the private sector." Liu said other provinces and cities are likely to follow suit now that such laws have been passed in Guangdong, and will likely heighten public anger at the government.
As of Wednesday, 1,113 deaths from COVID-19 were reported among 45,206 confirmed cases globally. Most of the deaths were in the worst-hit central province of Hubei and its provincial capital, Wuhan.
Guangdong authorities on Tuesday evacuated residents from Poly Tianyue Garden in Guangzhou's Haizhu district, in a bid to prevent a cluster of infections from spreading through the tower block's plumbing, following similar measures taken across the border in Hong Kong.
Toning down anti-Japanese TV
The entire building's residents were taken to the city's Jiangyue Hotel for medical observation, the city's Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. The move came after two confirmed COVID-2019 cases were confirmed in the building on Jan. 30.
Meanwhile, there has been a turnaround in typically nationalistic antagonism towards Japan, after Japan began pouring aid into China to help with the epidemic. Shanxi Satellite TV announced it would suspend broadcasts of the war-era TV drama "Red Sorghum," which includes a portrayal of brutal behavior by occupying Japanese troops, out of gratitude to Tokyo.
Beijing businessman Zhang Shengqi said the move was a political decision by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, which had until recently whipped up anti-American and anti Japanese sentiment when it needed to divert public anger away from its own problems.
"It's not really appropriate for them to be banging the anti-American and anti-Japanese drums right now, so they have suspended this anti-Japanese TV show," Zhang said. "They need to adapt to the current situation." "Actually the Chinese Communist Party doesn't hate the U.S. or Japan, but it needs to incite ordinary people to oppose and boycott them, because it wants them to boycott ideas of freedom and democracy," he said.
See Part 2 of this blog that concerns the CCP responsibility for and response to the Covid-19 virus.