The virus that has caused the current pandemic should be called the “CCP virus,” as it distinctly draws attention to the entity responsible for the virus’s spread, a China expert said.
“It’s because of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”
Spalding said it’s important to distinguish between the Chinese regime and Chinese people, and cast light on the fact that the “regime’s secrecy and control is the reason that we are dealing with a pandemic today, which has caused trillions of dollars in economic destruction across the globe.”
Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump and administration officials have drawn criticism for labeling the virus “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus,” a reference to the central Chinese city where the outbreak originated last December. The Chinese regime and some U.S. politicians have blasted the word choice, saying it was racist and stigmatized the Chinese people and Wuhan.
“It’s not racist at all, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why. I want to be accurate,” Trump said at a press briefing on March 18.
The best way to avoid such accusations is to brand it the CCP virus, Spalding said.
He said that for decades, the Chinese regime has been pushing the idea that “any criticism of the regime is a criticism of China and the Chinese people,” in order to stir up nationalism among Chinese citizens and insulate itself from outside criticism.
In this case, the regime wants to make sure that any criticism of the CCP’s initial mishandling of the outbreak “gets levied on the Chinese people, so that they can say, ‘Americans really hate China and the Chinese people,’ or that this is all about just racism,” Spalding said.
“The people of Wuhan and of China are the victims of the CCP’s arrogance and incompetence, expressed in this viral pandemic,” it stated.
“Our beef is not with the Chinese people; our problem is with the CCP — its internal repression, its external aggression, and its malign influence in free and open societies,” Rogin wrote.
Countering CCP PropagandaSince the CCP virus’s global spread, the Chinese regime has deployed an aggressive global propaganda campaign to deflect attention from its initial coverup of the outbreak. It has attempted to shift the narrative by suggesting that the virus may have originated from overseas, such as the United States, and by portraying itself as a leader in global efforts to contain the pandemic.
“If there’s no response from the other side, then they [the CCP] can control the narrative,” he said.
Therefore, it’s important for the United States to “come out very quickly and very hard to denounce that kind of rhetoric,” Spalding said.
He added that Western media also ought to familiarize itself with the nature of the CCP to avoid unintentionally parroting its propaganda.
“They need to become more educated about what the Communist Party is and how they go about doing things,” Spalding said.
He pointed to a recent example, of comments made by Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai opposing the promotion of conspiracy theories that the CCP virus originated from the United States.
Spalding said the media don’t understand that “no Chinese politicians, no Chinese ambassadors, no Chinese official that’s under the thumb of the Chinese Communist Party will say anything other than what the Party sanctions them to say.”
Grassroots EffortA recent appeal submitted to the White House petition website also urged for the novel coronavirus to be called the CCP virus “to accurately reflect its origin.”
“It’s China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) that has sickened Chinese people—and by extension, the world,” the petition stated. “It’s the totalitarian nature and callous dishonesty of the Chinese Communist Party that has brought about this public health catastrophe.”
The petition has garnered more than 20,000 signatures in five days. The website requires that the petition garner 100,000 signatures by April 10 to receive a response from the White House.
If U.S. officials and media outlets start using the term, then it would indicate a rejection of CCP narratives surrounding the virus, Lou said.
“That means that the world would have finally identified the right cause of the entire problem.”