As coronavirus cases and deaths spike in China, Communist officials have attempted to deflect blame away from the central government by accusing the United States of both starting the virus and “causing panic” in its response to the outbreak, according to a human rights outlet.
Religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter reports that on Jan. 26, China’s military online portal Xilu.com published an article, claiming that the coronavirus is “a biochemical weapon produced by the US to target China.”
“Imperialism has never stopped attacking, destroying, and annihilating China. But China is developing so rapidly that imperialism rips off its mask of hypocrisy and openly acts [against China],” the article says.
The Global Times, a Communist Party-controlled tabloid, also accused the U.S. of “immoral” conduct and repeatedly claimed the West’s response to the disease is stained by “racism” and a “‘yellow peril’ mythology.”
In a briefing for reporters earlier in February, Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, similarly deflected blame by citing an “overreaction” from the U.S. government that has “spread fear” and set a “bad example” for other nations, reports the BBC.
“The U.S. is turning from overconfidence to fear and overreaction,” she said, citing the Trump administration’s decision to evacuate some U.S. Embassy personnel and impose a ban on Chinese travelers.
She also accused the U.S. of failing to provide any substantial help to China since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has infected more than 70,548 people in mainland China and killed 1,770.
Hundreds of cases have been confirmed elsewhere, with the virus being reported in 26 countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East.
China’s criticism of the U.S. comes amid widespread dissatisfaction with the Chinese government’s inability to deal with the crisis and seeming lack of transparency over the magnitude of the outbreak.
In an essay, Xu Zhangrun, a law professor from one of the country’s top universities, blamed the crisis on a culture of suppression and “systemic impotence” that Chinese President Xi Jinping has created.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett