(PoliticalLookout.com) – United States Secretary of State is not taking any of China’s crap. The government official publicly conveyed his “strong objections” to the Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs for the Chinese Communist Party, Yang Jiechi, who tried to shift blame for the coronavirus outbreak to the USA.
Can you believe the gall?
The State Department described the efforts from the People’s Republic of China to “shift blame for COVID-19 to the United States,” a suggestion that is completely without merit and immediately and obviously untrue.
As part of an escalating propaganda campaign, PRC officials have begun publishing media hit pieces against the US government through various press channels in an attempt to deflect blame. It all began with the pseudo-scientific writings of Chinese government officials who claimed the origin of the virus is unknown.
This is even though the virus was observed in Wuhan, China, for the first time some months ago.
Breitbart reports that the Chinese Communist Party assisted with the spreading of the wild rumor that the virus did not in fact start in Wuhan. Part of that assistance included the insistence that the virus be labeled “COVID-19” rather than the “Wuhan Virus” as it was originally known. Pressure from the Chinese Communist Party became so great that the World Health Organization eventually issued a statement encouraging people not to use geographic language.
On March 2, the WHO released a tweet alongside their statement encouraging people not to “attach locations or ethnicity to the disease.”
“This is not a ‘Wuhan Virus, ‘Chinese virus’ or ‘Asian Virus’” the tweet read.
DON’T – attach locations or ethnicity to the disease, this is not a “Wuhan Virus”, “Chinese Virus” or “Asian Virus”.
The official name for the disease was deliberately chosen to avoid stigmatizationhttps://t.co/yShiCMfYF3 pic.twitter.com/belHrq5HVo
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 2, 2020
Who was calling it the Asian Virus? It’s a Chinese virus!
Since. Then, several state-managed social media accounts from China and a series of Chinese officials have spread conspiracy theories suggesting the United States created the virus and it was spread to China by American Army soldiers. One article published in the official Chinese Communist Party newspaper argued the virus may have been developed in a U.S. Army lab in Maryland. Yes, really.
On Saturday, the American government fought back – respectfully, for now. The State Department announced that Secretary Pompeo told Yang Jiechi to stop spreading lies.
“This is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat,” Pompeo reportedly said.
Let’s see if China listens!