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House Republicans Seek Answers On U.S. Efforts To Combat Chinese Propaganda

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More than a dozen top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are demanding answers from the State Department on how the executive agency is handling Chinese propaganda throughout the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

House Republicans argue Chian has impeded global efforts to combat the virus through a misinformation campaign launched to avoid blame for the worldwide outbreak.

“Misinformation from China over the past several months has severely crippled global action to combat the global pandemic and undermined efforts by the State Department to work with other nations around the world to bring a swift end to this crisis,” House Republicans wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday. “Chinese disinformation efforts have worsened the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and led to indescribable suffering around the world. It is essential the U.S. government works to combat this string of Chinese information.”

While global health authorities piece together data from other nations to determine the best way forward against the crisis, China has manipulated its figures to radically underestimate the severity of the epidemic in the east Asian superpower. A new classified report from the U.S. intelligence community delivered to the White House last week confirms the suspicions of those who had voiced skepticism over Chinese numbers all along concluding that China made deliberate omissions in its reported numbers on the virus.

Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse blasted the Chinese government on Wednesday for falsifying its figures as official reporting showed the United States eclipsing China for virus fatalities.

“The claim that the United States has more coronavirus deaths than China is false,” Sasse said in a statement. “Without commenting on any classified information, this much is painfully obvious: The Chinese Communist Party has lied, is lying, and will continue to lie about coronavirus to protect the regime. Beijing’s garbage propaganda shouldn’t be taken seriously by the World Health Organization, by independent journalists, or by the American epidemiologists who are going to beat this terrible virus.”

As of this writing, China has only publicly reported approximately 82,500 cases nationwide and about 3,200 deaths in the Hubei province where the virus originated, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. The United States in contrast has reported almost a quarter million cases total with more than 6,000 deaths.

The conclusion that China has been misreporting its numbers come as no surprise to those paying attention to the crisis at the start of the outbreak. China actively suppressed whistleblowers who raised the alarm over the virus and turned a blind eye to its explosive potential to erupt into the global pandemic the world is experiencing today.

Last week, the U.S.-government funded non-profit Radio Free Asia had already released a report contradicting China’s public death toll. By looking at funeral home capacity and urn deliveries in the region surrounding Wuhan, Radio Free Asia estimates the death toll in Chinese city to have surpassed 46,800 which is far higher than the 3,200 reported.

Misrepresenting its figures has only been part of China’s propaganda campaign to play down its role in the global crisis.

China, House Republicans note in their letter, has also bizarrely construed a false tale alleging that the virus originated from U.S. service members on a trip to Wuhan.

While American media elites and government officials dubbed the novel virus as the “Wuhan coronavirus,” to reference the site of its first outbreak, as is standard practice, the Chinese Communist Party played on America’s woke culture and condemned the name as racist and stigmatizing.

After the term “Wuhan virus” was used by Pompeo, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuan accused the American secretary of state of perpetuating racist stereotypes.

“We condemn the despicable practice of U.S. politicians eagerly stigmatizing China and Wuhan by association with the novel [Wuhan] coronavirus, disrespecting science and the WHO,” Shuang said in March.

American media institutions took the bait, parroting Chinese propaganda by accusing President Donald Trump of being racist by accurately referring to the virus with a name citing where it came from even as their reporters were expelled from China.

Here is a list of 17 other diseases named after places or people.

via thefederalist

9 COMMENTS

  1. Hindsight is always 20/20. We should have let Japan do their thing in China during WWII. The Japanese are at least an honorable people. Even their leadership seems to be honorable. The chin people may be O.K., but their leadership is devious, without conscience and has no empathy for their own people. Lime moslems, they cannot be trusted. EVER !!!

    • No, we should not have allowed the Japanese to do what they wished to the Chinese during WWII. American people including/especially our service men and women try to take the moral high ground. What the Japanese were doing to the Chinese during that war was wrong and needed to be stopped. We did that and while the current crop of Chinese overlords do not thank us for that, we are big enough to simply state the facts and let history make its own decision as to right and wrong. That is who we are and what we do. But yes, the Chinese Communist rulers are as corrupt as they come.

  2. And why the USA ever deals with China is strange! They have never been trust worthy!! All of this should be no surprise to Americans.

  3. here’s a good and simple solution to combat the Chinese Propaganda: expose Them as the progenitors of the Coronavirus into a bioweapon against America and the American People. also begin severing ties with China and place embargoes like America did with Cuba. do that NOT and it’s only going to get worse and devastate this country into Mad Max Road Warrior-style really quick.

  4. also begin investigations into every individual who is or had any involvement with the Chinese Government starting at all universities and colleges. there are a huge number of Chinese Spies and Communist Supporters/Tenured Professors who are involved. this wpuld include Top level Military Intelligence Officers and PsyOp Agents. this is NOT a conspiracy theory unless it has been proven otherwise, with evidence and NOT conjecture!!!

  5. democrat politicians have sold America to the highest bidders in the world ,Russia, China , Iran, DEMOCRATS ARE CORRUPT ATTORNEYS THAT GOT INTO POLITICS TO WORK FOR THE RICH, THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TELL YOUR POLITICIANS WHAT TO DO, THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ALSO OWN THE MEDIA(GET A LOAD OF THAT),THE MEDIA AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING THE SAME STUPID THINGS TRYING TO BRAINWASH STUPID PEOPLE INTO VOTING TO BRING (BACK DEMOCRAT RULE , TAKE FROM THE POOR, DELETE THE MIDDLE CLASS, AND JUST DO WHAT THE RICH TELLS THEM TO DO) DEMOCRATS ARE STEALING AMERICA AND SELLING US OUT FOR THEIR OWN WEALTH, DEMOCRATS AND CHINA CAUSED THIS BIOWEAPON TO GET RID OF REPUBLICANS ,(NOT 1 DEMOCRAT HAS CAUGHT VIRUS)JUST REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS NEED TO GIVE BLOOD FOR TESTING FOR ANTIDOTE , THEY ARE THE ONES THAT SPREAD THE VIRUS, DEMOCRATS HAVE SHOWN AMERICANS THEY ARE WILLING TO DO ANYTHING TO GET RID OF TRUMP AND HIS SUPPORTERS, DEMOCRATS ARE EVIL ATTORNEYS WORKING FOR THE RICH

  6. We the people need to stop letting government officials get gratuities , million of dollars are an incentives to pass bills , this is very inappropriate ! Either you work for the American people or get the hell out. Most big companies don’t let this happen , because they know the consequences.

  7. Hang the professor from Harvard for treason. Do give another dime to WHO. Fine all American companies that have manufacturing plants in China. America First! Love it or leave it.

  8. It’s doubly hard to fight C hinese propaganda when you have the bias liberal media beating their drum in support of the Chinese,the media is the enemy of the American citizen.

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