US Wages War Against Chinese Censorship
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"I'm a little upset with China. I'll be honest with you"
Trump made this statement last week addressing how Beijing censored the reporting of Coronavirus cases before it spread outside the country. It is believed that now China is censoring their new contraction data. In December, one of the first people to raise alarm for the virus was Dr. Li Wenliang. When the government would not heed his urging to try to contain the virus, he used social media to reach the masses. After the government found out, they charged him with spreading false information. Both him and his family recently died from COVID-19 complications.
President Trump's administration has tried to make known the fact that the virus originated from China, and is a direct result of their oppressive regime. After a tweet calling the Coronavirus a "Chinese Virus" the nation lashed back.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that the Chinese government fired back in a phone call with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
Any scheme to smear China will be doomed to fail, and any move to harm the interests of China will be countered resolutely.
Rather dramatic - it has raised questions on the status of United States' dependence on China for everyday goods. Tim Morrison - former bio-defense leader for the National Security Council, stated his concern that China holds control of most of America's medical supplies - including respirator equipment.
One of the tough choices we have to make is we are going to have to figure out how to uncouple or decouple our pharmaceutical, our health care commodity supply chain from China, because we have seen the bulk of it move to China.
After the coronavirus pandemic is gone, the tensions that have built between the US and China will remain. The result is uncertain.