9 Prominent Scholars Die in a Span of 8 Days as Respiratory Illness Spreads in China

9 Prominent Scholars Die in a Span of 8 Days as Respiratory Illness Spreads in China
Children and their parents wait at an outpatient area at a children hospital in Beijing on Nov. 23, 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP via Getty Images)

China lost at least nine renowned scholars, including two academicians, between Nov. 16–23, with the youngest being a 41-year-old professor of media.

Of these nine scholars, eight were members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

All of them died of illness at a time when hospitals across China were overwhelmed with patients suffering from alleged undiagnosed pneumonia.

However, it is difficult to find out if any of these scholars died from pneumonia, as the Chinese regime has largely abandoned the customary practice of mentioning the cause of death in obituaries.

It is believed that by withholding this information, the regime is attempting to conceal the true death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academician and Titanium Alloy Expert

Cao Chunxiao, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a titanium alloy expert and materials scientist at the Beijing Aerospace Materials Research Institute, died on Nov. 23 in Beijing after failing to recover from his illness. The official obituary described him as an outstanding CCP member and one of the founders of titanium alloy research and application in China.

Born in 1934, Mr. Cao graduated from the Mechanical Department of Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1956 and became an academician in 1997.

In 1964, together with his colleagues, Mr. Cao proposed the research and development of TC4 titanium alloy blades and disks as a breakthrough in titanium for aviation use in China, and in 1965, he led a team to produce the rotor blades of the first stage of a specific engine’s compressor.

He was awarded the First Prize of National Scientific and Technological Progress, the Golden Prize of Aeronautical Service to the Nation, and the Lifetime Achievement Prize of China Titanium Science and Technology.

Academician and Tree Geneticist

Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, former president of Nanjing Forestry University, and tree genetics and breeding scientist Wang Mingxiu passed away in Nanjing on Nov. 18 after unsuccessful medical treatment.

His official eulogy praised him as an outstanding Party member and a pioneer and leader in the field of popular genetic improvement and breeding in China and the world.

Born in 1932, Mr. Wang graduated from Central China Agricultural College in July 1954 and began his career at Nanjing Forestry Academy in the same year. In 1962, he received a Candidate of Sciences degree—Ph.D. or equivalent in the Soviet Union—from the Moscow Institute of Forest Engineering.

He served as president of the Nanjing Forestry University from January 1984 to January 1993 and became an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1994. He received numerous awards for his research, including the first prize of the National Award for Scientific and Technological Advancement and the National Award for Technological Invention.

RMB Policy Researcher

Ding Jianping, professor at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and chairman of the Shanghai Institutes for International Economic Research (SIER), passed away on Nov. 16 in Shanghai at the age of 66 after a long illness.

Mr. Ding had long been engaged in research on international finance—especially the foreign exchange market—and the internationalization of the RMB. His relevant proposals had been adopted by the CCP’s central-level and provincial-level governments on many occasions.

In recognition of his contribution, Mr. Ding was granted a special allowance by the CCP’s State Council.

Six Professors

At least six well-known professors passed away from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, according to obituaries posted online.

Zhu Dong, a professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of Jinan University, passed away on Nov. 22 in Guangzhou at the age of 41, after medical intervention failed to revive him.

Mr. Zhu was awarded the Youth Achievement Award in Higher Education in the category of Humanities and Social Sciences by the Ministry of Education.

Shi Fusheng, born in 1942, a retired associate professor of the College of Literature of Jiangsu University, passed away on Nov. 22 due to an illness. He was a member of the Jiangsu Writers’ Association and vice-chairman of the Zhenjiang Writers’ Association.

Professor Cui Yitai, born in 1935 and the former party chief of Tianjin Medical University, passed away on Nov. 22 in Tianjin due to an illness.

Mr. Cui also received a special grant from the State Council. He was the vice chairman of the China Mental Health Association and the vice chairman of the Chinese Sexology Society, and in 1988, he presided over the establishment of China’s first center for hospice care and served as its director.

Professor Zhuang Yuanyong, born in 1933 and the former head of the French Department at Beijing Foreign Studies University, died in Beijing on Nov. 19 after failing to recover from his illness.

Mr. Zhuang often served as an interpreter for CCP leaders and delegates and was the final editor of the French translation of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Report. He hosted the “French for Beginners” program on CCTV and received a special grant from the State Council beginning in 1992.

Xiang Cunti, born in 1933, a professor and a forest pathologist at Northeast Forestry University, passed away on Nov. 18.

Mr. Xiang served as vice chairman of the National Society of Forest Pathology, deputy director of the Chinese Plant Pathology Committee, and president of the Heilongjiang Society of Plant Pathology. He was also a recipient of a government grant from the CCP’s State Council.

Lin Jiayou, born in 1937, historian and professor at Sun Yat-sen University, died on Nov. 16 in Guangzhou after a long illness. Mr. Lin was the director of the Sun Yat-sen Research Institute of Sun Yat-sen University, the director of the Sun Yat-sen University Center for the Study of Modern China, and the vice-chairman of the Sun Yat-sen Foundation.

Undiagnosed Pneumonia—Likely Another Cover-up

The deaths come as China has been hit by a respiratory illness, resulting in large numbers of children being sent to hospitals since mid-October.

Many children in China have contracted pneumonia, exhibiting symptoms of fever, and some even showing signs of “white lung,” similar to those found in severe COVID-19 infection cases.

Cases surged further in November, overwhelming hospitals across the country.

China’s health authorities have claimed that such infections have been caused by mycoplasma pneumonia and have told the public not to panic.

On Nov. 21, ProMED, a program for monitoring emerging diseases under the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), described the ongoing outbreak in China as an “undiagnosed pneumonia.”

“It is not at all clear when this outbreak started as it would be unusual for so many children to be affected so quickly,” the ProMED report said.

Fever was reportedly the predominant symptom in these sick children. They usually did not cough, but many developed pulmonary nodules.

According to another ProMED post, the pulmonary nodules observed in China are not typical of mycoplasma pneumonia. Mycoplasma pneumonia usually causes “patchy infiltrates” rather than pulmonary nodules.

Some doctors in Beijing suspect that the current wave of infection is not caused by mycoplasma pneumonia but by COVID-19 because the medicines that can treat mycoplasma pneumonia do not affect the disease.

When China’s health authorities first reported the spread of mycoplasma pneumonia, U.S.-based virologist Sean Lin told The Epoch Times on Nov. 3 that the real pathogen could be a new variant of the novel coronavirus.

“COVID has never really disappeared in China,” Mr. Lin said. “However, the Chinese communist authorities dare not mention it again and use ‘influenza A’ or ‘mycoplasma pneumonia’ to camouflage the new waves of COVID-19.”

He said that mycoplasma pneumonia does not normally incur lung infections, or what is known as “white lung,” and it is not difficult to control mycoplasma pneumonia with specific antibiotics.

“Therefore, from a professional point of view, it should be a variant of the novel coronavirus. A combined attack of more than two viruses or bacteria is also a possible cause,” he said.

Pandemic Has a Clear Target

Since December last year, various official sources in China reported many deaths of experts, senior CCP officials, corporate executives, and young and middle-aged police officers, some of whom have been praised as “outstanding Party members.” However, the CCP has been covering up the epidemic and the cause of their deaths.

The founder of the spiritual practice Falun Dafa, Mr. Li Hongzhi, has pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic is mainly targeting the CCP and those who blindly follow the CCP, defend the CCP, and work for the CCP, and a large number of people have died so far, including many young people.

In March 2020, Mr. Li wrote an article titled “Stay Rational” in which he specifically pointed out that the pandemic has a clear target.

“Truth be told, pandemics only come when people’s morals and values have turned bad, and they have come to have a massive amount of karma.

“A pandemic like the current Chinese communist virus (or ‘Wuhan virus’) comes with a purpose behind it, and it has targets. It is here to weed out members of the Party and those who have sided with it,” Mr. Li said.

In his article, Mr. Li advised: “What people should do, instead, is to repent to the divine with all due sincerity, admit to their faults, and pray for a chance to change their ways.”