The Chinese Communist Party has deliberately masked the total number of COVID-19 cases in China in a bid to safeguard its image both nationally and internationally, according to China experts as well as evidence documented by The Epoch Times.
“The CCP virus changes everything ... All of this chaos shakes the Chinese people’s confidence in the system and they are hopping mad,” he told The Epoch Times.
Mills said recent claims pushed by the regime of zero new cases in China are “patently absurd” adding that in totalitarian bureaucracies “everyone learns real quickly to stop reporting.”
“Bad things happen to people that report bad numbers,” Mills said about China. “In these systems and forms of government, everyone learns that to survive, lying is the norm. Everyone lies to everyone about everything—there is no truth.”
A series of internal government documents obtained by The Epoch Times paint a damning picture of Beijing’s coverup.
Truth: The Greatest ObstacleYang Jianli, a Chinese dissident and son of a former Communist Party leader who now heads the Citizen Power Initiatives for China, a pro-democracy NGO in the United States, said the downplaying of cases is crucial to Beijing’s “broader goal of global leadership and domination.”
A Totalitarian RegimeFrank Gaffney, vice chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger: China, told The Epoch Times that Beijing has done a masterful job at concealing the truth and deflecting blame.
“These are the sorts of things that totalitarians do and I think that [China] will be regarded as a pariah when the public more generally—not just in China, but beyond—properly understands the role that the Chinese government has been playing and the magnitude of the damage that’s been done worldwide as a result,” he said.
Gaffney, who was assistant secretary of defense for international security policy during the Reagan administration, said anyone who believes claims from the CCP on any basis is “making a terrible mistake.”
“It would be the height of folly to trust the Chinese on anything, particularly when lying about their statistics, whether it’s the effects of the disease or in other cases, the impact on their gross domestic product,” he said. “Anything that they tell you, I think, has to be treated with intense skepticism, if not downright disbelief.”
The United States and ChinaThe global pandemic has raised broader concerns surrounding the United States’ relationship with China.
“It certainly seems to me that a wholesale reconsideration of the kind of engagement that we’ve had with China to this point is not only overdue but absolutely mandatory,” Gaffney said. “I think that more and more Americans are feeling that way.”
Author and China expert Gordon Chang said the CCP is trying “to give the impression that China has recovered” as part of a deeper battle with the West. He believes China is either being hit with a second wave of infections, or it never recovered from the first.
“They are relentlessly promoting the line that China’s system is superior to America’s,” Chang told The Epoch Times. “Moreover, Beijing has gone on the attack by pushing the notion that the U.S. is in decline.”
“Just about everyone in China knows the coronavirus still ravages the country. And soon the rest of the world will know, too,” Chang said. “Regime fibs, lies, and untruths will not last long. The virus gets the last word.”
“The medical community interpreted the Chinese data as, this was serious, but smaller than anyone expected,” Birx said. “Because, probably ... we were missing a significant amount of the data.”