April 2020

Pandemic Reveals Weaknesses in Imperial Beijing’s Communist Four Play

Commentary Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese Communist Party leader who created China’s economic revival, rooted his Four Modernizations in Premier Zhou Enlai’s 1975 statement that China must modernize. Deng called for comprehensive modernization in four sectors: agriculture, industry, science and technology, and defense. Deng consciously placed the People’s Liberation Army last in line, though its time

What Happens When We Lose Our Social Rituals?

When the shelter-in-place orders came down in California, the first thing I thought of was my cousin’s wedding—the one I was supposed to officiate. I’d been working on creating a special ceremony since the fall. But once the pandemic kicked in, everything was canceled. Perhaps my cousin is luckier than some—after all, a wedding can

Wrong Time for China’s ‘Threats or Coercion:’ Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop has called on China to fulfill its international obligations and support an investigation into the global pandemic. Speaking to Channel 7’s Sunrise on April 30, Bishop said an investigation is “essential” to determine whether this might happen again. “There must be an investigation into how the virus got into human populations, wherever it was

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Good Stories from China: Nuuwa Created Humans and Mended Heaven

After God Panggu created Heaven and Earth, Goddess Nuuwa undertook the affairs on earth to make it prosperous. Descending from her heavenly kingdom, Nuuwa came to the eastern land. Seeing that Heaven and Earth were marvelously made, she was pleased. But she saw something was missing. So she started to create. On the first day,

Pandemic Reflections: The Good, the Bad, and the Evil

William Brooks Commentary Extraordinary crises, like pestilence and war, invite valuable reflections about the existence of good and evil in the human condition. Most of us are capable of both good and bad behaviour. In our best moments we act selflessly in the interests of family, friends, fellow citizens, and even humanity in general. In

McConnell: Next COVID-19 Relief Bill ‘Won’t Pass the Senate’ Without Liability Protection

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the next COVID-19 relief bill must include liability protections for businesses that are reopening or it will not pass the Senate. McConnell said that although he was open to providing further aid to states and cities as demanded by Democrats in another relief bill, providing liability protections for employers would be

‘Fox Guarding the Henhouse’: China’s Appointment to UN Human Rights Panel Draws Mounting Opposition

A growing chorus of officials and activists are calling on the United Nations to reverse the appointment of China—one of the world’s worst human rights abusers—to a seat on a U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) panel. Chinese diplomat Jiang Duan’s recent appointment to the five-member UNHRC Consultative Group was akin to the “fox guarding the henhouse,” except “that pales

A 20-Minute Dose of Nature Could Cut Your Stress

Spending just 20 minutes in nature can significantly lower stress hormone levels, researchers said. The stress-reducing benefits of experiencing nature apply even if you’re simply gardening, doing yardwork, or sitting quietly in the backyard. The finding, which the researchers call a “nature pill,” comes from a small study published in Frontiers in Psychology in 2019. The research has special

Preventing a Possible Second Deadlier Wave of COVID-19 in Fall

Viral infections occur in a predictable seasonal pattern increasing in prevalence during the colder months of the year. In fact, a low-grade viral infection is commonly referred to as a “cold” because of when it occurs. What environmental factor varies with the seasons and affects our biology to such an extent that it influences our

Beijing, on High Alert as Virus Spreads, Monitors Close Contacts of Those Infected

Chinese authorities have been silent about the CCP virus outbreak in the capital of Beijing, but a local resident recently told The Epoch Times about the current situation inside the city’s quarantine centers, providing a glimpse into the tense atmosphere there. Meanwhile, an internal government document revealed more details about how authorities monitor close contacts of confirmed patients.

Global Opinion Starts Shifting Against Beijing Amid Pandemic

Global opinion has started to shift against Beijing as an increasing number of leaders and officials have challenged or sought to seek accountability and transparency from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over it’s handling of the pandemic.
Experts told The Epoch Times an international falling out is occurring and will only continue to ramp up as countries start to seriously rethink their relationship with Beijing. They said leaders are becoming more wary of the communist state due to how it responded to the outbreak, which originated in Wuhan.
Australia—in a bipartisan effort—recently called for an independent review into how Beijing dealt with the CCP virus, widely known as the novel coronavirus. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the probe would require “international cooperation” and “has to be made a reality.” In wake of Payne’s remarks, Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye threatened Australia with an “economic hit” if they did not back down. Payne later responded by criticizing and rejecting the ambassador’s threat.
In Britain, politicians such as Tom Tugendhat, a conservative parliament member and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, have directly called out China for covering up the virus and hampering the global response by spreading lies—while also questioning if allowing Huawei’s 5G technology into the UK was the right call.
Downing Street officials say Beijing will face a “reckoning,” as reported by The Mail, while Britain’s intelligence community—MI6 and MI5—also believe the country needs to reassess its relationship with China.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged China to be “more transparent” about the origin story of the virus, saying that it would benefit the global response.
French President Emmanuel Macron said it would be “naive” to say China has handed the pandemic better than Western democracies, and that there is no such comparison.
In a letter dated April 22, the German interior ministry said Chinese diplomats approached the country’s officials to try and persuade them to make positive statements about Beijing’s response to the pandemic. The ministry noted that “the federal government has not complied with these requests.”
Downing Street has since removed China from its comparison virus charts which includes data from a number of other countries, over concerns the regime’s statistics were inaccurate.
In America, countless lawsuits have been filed, ranging from state attorney generals, U.S. law firms, to everyday Americans, who have sought to seek justice over China’s bungled response which they argue led to the global spread of the pandemic.
Carole Lieberman, a forensic expert witness and legal analyst, said countries around the world are waking up to the idea that the CCP may not have benign intentions, and that for some it is an “inconvenient truth because they want to keep their trade deals and other benefits.”
Countries are generally considered to be immune to lawsuits unless they come under the exception of their actions being akin to terrorism, Lieberman told The Epoch Times. Some of the probes are pursuing the origins of the CCP virus and whether it was intended to be a bioweapon, or if it was from China’s reckless laboratory conditions—which she noted rose to that level.
“Though China may not end up having to pay the trillions that lawsuits are seeking, their reputation has suffered an irreparable blow,” Lieberman said. “The whole world will be wary of anything to do with China for the foreseeable future.”
Internal government documents obtained by The Epoch Times have highlighted how the CCP purposefully underreported cases of the CCP virus and censored discussions of the outbreak, fueling the spread of the disease.
“For years, people have more or less let things like toxic pet food and baby products, carcinogenic products, shoddy manufacturing, and so on, slide by,” Lieberman continued.
“But, Coronavirus will be the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Officials from a barrage of countries have publicly complained about receiving shoddy medical supplies they had bought from China in order to fight the pandemic. Among this list include Spain, the Czech Republic, Turkey, the Netherlands, Canada, and Ireland, and more. In one of the instances, rapid CCP virus tests from China failed to detect the virus accurately in 70-80 percent of all cases.
An April poll (pdf) by survey firm McLaughlin & Associates found that 75 percent of Americans felt the United States should end its dependence on China for medical imports.
Casey Fleming, chairman and CEO of intelligence and security strategy firm BlackOps Partners, said free world countries will start to join together to hold the CCP accountable “not only for the false response but also monetary losses and loss of life.”
“We need to expect China to try and control the narrative, shift blame, and use coercion in the process,” he told The Epoch Times.
The Epoch Times has documented stories of some Chinese citizens—including whistleblower doctors, citizen journalists, scholars, and business people—who have been silenced by the regime for exposing the truth.
In one of the more forceful actions in response to China, Japan is putting aside $2 billion of its stimulus money to pay companies to shift their production outside of the communist country, which ranks 177 out of 180 on press freedom in the 2019 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index.
Waking Up
It is “unquestionable” that more and more people are waking up to the realities of what the CCP is, according to Frank Gaffney, vice chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.
“What country that has suffered at the hands of this Chinese Communist Party is going to think well of them, especially as the evidence shows that if this was not a weapon that they unleashed it certainly is serving as one,” he told The Epoch Times.
Gaffney, who was assistant secretary of defense for international security policy during the Reagan administration, said while it would be difficult to hold a foreign country like China fully accountable for its actions, “at least we’ll do some things that will hurt them for what they’ve done.”
“I think what you’re going to see is certainly decoupling in terms of supply chains, that’s beginning already,” he said. “I think there’s some rethinking that’s going on in terms of companies planning to do a lot of business with the Chinese.”
Meanwhile, a new policy in India requires foreign direct investments to now require government approval, which could further sour relations between China and India.
But it’s not just politicians and leaders who are speaking out against the CCP, everyday citizens are starting to voice much of the same sentiment.
As Americans struggle to combat a crisis not encountered before in their lives, an April 21 poll by the Pew Research Center found 66 percent of Americans now have a negative opinion of China—the highest percentage recorded since the center first began asking the question in 2005. These views were held similarly by both Democrats and Republicans.
In a UK YouGov poll conducted on April 17, a majority, 50 percent, voted that they did not trust “at all” the CCP virus death numbers reported by the Chinese government. The second-highest option, receiving 32 percent of the vote, was that they “don’t fully trust them.”
The CCP’s coverup, which has made the pandemic exponentially worse for the rest of the world, marks the awakening of citizens around the world to “fully understanding the true evil of Chinese Communism,” according to Fleming.
The growing sentiment against the CCP could cause a massive shift by American and Western companies to decouple from communist China and spread their supply chain risk around the world Fleming added, while also noting that U.S. national security policy is shifting, as seen in the new National Counterintelligence strategy.
“COVID-19 has forced the world to stay at home with loss of freedom and income and plenty of free time to watch the pandemic, how the CCP has responded, and the carnage it has caused,” Fleming said.
“It is natural for citizens and governments around the world to want to hold the violator responsible. By doing so, they will remove the cloak to the true evil of Communist China,” he added.
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Editorial: There Is a Cure for the Chinese Communist Party Pneumonia—Say No to the CCP

Commentary This year, the CCP virus (commonly known as the Wuhan virus or the novel coronavirus) spread rapidly while the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) concealed the real situation in China, causing incalculable losses to the world. The plague seems to be unpredictable, but the way it spreads indicates the virus has a goal and a purpose: It is seeking out

Good Stories from China: Ballad of Mulan

Busily busily cricket sings [1] By the door the maiden Mulan weaves Why isn’t the shuttle’s sound heard But only the maiden Mulan’s sighs? Ask the maiden of whom are you thinking And what is on your mind? Answers Mulan, of no one am I thinking And nothing is on my mind Last night, I

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Commentary “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Those were the famous words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, spoken at his first inauguration on March 4, 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. Unemployment had hit 25 percent and there was panic in the land. Roosevelt was the epitome of calm and reassurance. He told the

More US States Ease CCP Virus Lockdown: Cautiously Reopen COVID-19 Ravaged Economies

Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, and Tennessee on Monday became the latest among a wave of states to declare that they would begin to ease CCP virus lockdown restrictions, in a bid to reopen their pandemic-ravaged economies. Despite warnings from health experts that there is still too little diagnostic testing, the states said that under new

5 Powerful Ways to Shift Your Mindset During COVID-19 and Beyond

Now more than ever, people are looking to lifestyle solutions to improve their quality of living. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives, for both better and worse. One of the positive side effects in times of crisis is the re-evaluation of one’s life; what’s working and what’s not. The pressure brought on by

Why Social Media Could Be Your Invisible Enemy

With the prevalence of the Internet in our modern world, a growing number of young and middle-aged people are spending more of their time on social media. Statistics show that at least 79% of Singapore’s residents are active on social media. What impact does this have on people’s lives? Almost everyone on Facebook seems happy.

With Kim Jong Un’s Health Uncertain, Sister Kim Yo Jong Comes Into Focus

As unconfirmed reports about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who was last seen on April 11, continue to churn, speculation about his health has ramped up, including on who might replace him. Details on Kim’s whereabouts or condition haven’t been confirmed by any news source, including North Korean state-run media, although a spokesperson for South Korea’s

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Stocks and Broths From Scratch

A few years ago, for the culinary timeline equivalent of an eye-blink, broth became chic. Hip bistros, frou-frou takeout shops, and coffee emporiums all jumped on the paleo diet-inspired “bone broth” craze and ladled their way into the hearts and wallets of health-conscious consumers. Bone broth, an elixir made from meat, poultry, or fish bones with occasional

New Zealanders Rush for Fast Food as Lockdown Eases

By Praveen Menon New Zealand’s 5 million residents were subjected to one of the strictest lockdowns in the world in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with Ardern shutting down much of the country from March 26. Ardern’s government now faces the challenge of restarting the $200 billion trade and tourism dependent economy as it heads

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