- The attempts to cover up the outbreak at the initial stage and the failure to promptly inform the rest of the world about the emergence of a highly contagious virus when it first appeared in Wuhan in late 2019;
- The silencing of doctors who tried to warn others of the new virus, similar to what happened with SARS in December 2019, with the result that the virus began spreading to and infecting the rest of the world;
- Not one but three different types of virus pandemics originated in China in the past 70 years: The 1956–1958 “Asian Flu,” a H2N2 virus that started in Guizhou and killed an estimated million people worldwide; the 2002–2004 SARS-CoV which started in Guangdong and spread to 26 countries, causing nearly 800 fatalities; and the COVID-19 pandemic, which started in Wuhan in late 2019 and is still spreading worldwide, not only causing over 17 million fatalities so far but also damaging many countries’ economies due to measures taken to contain the spread.
Why did the current pandemic not start in some cramped, sewage-soaked refugee camp or in the unhealthy slums of other countries? What is it about China that three different types of virus epidemics began there and spread to the rest of the world?
An Imported Foreign Ideology
I do not hold sentiments against China. In fact, my forefathers were from there and I am proud to be of Chinese descent. Chinese people are intelligent, hardworking, and resourceful. What I want to focus on is the vile nature of the communist regime that has ruled China since 1949—a destructive force that aims to break the Chinese people’s spirit and destroy the culture passed down since ancient times. This is about the Chinese Communist Party’s lack of moral ethics and the inhuman way in which the CCP treats its own citizens. The Chinese people have suffered greatly under this cruel regime.
China has 5,000 years of its own profound culture and history. Communism is not innately Chinese but an imported foreign ideology. Yet, the Chinese people have been brainwashed to embrace communism like it is in their blood, manifesting it in the way they talk, behave, think, and do things which are inherent parts of the CCP’s culture. The Party’s culture is instilled in them, indoctrinating them from a young age. Karl Marx in his 1848 “Communist Manifesto” stated, “A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism.” A spectre is a malevolent spirit, and this spirit has influenced the Chinese people at the hands of the CCP. Due to the destructive nature of communism and its ideological dogma, the human rights abuses by the CCP over the past 70 years are unprecedented.
In addition, Mao Zedong gained control of the country not in a legitimate way, but by force. A thorough and accurate history of the regime’s murderous reign can be found in “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” by The Epoch Times.
Silencing Critics Through Disappearance
Through the emergence and spread of the pandemic worldwide, many of the CCP’s brazen tactics and behavioural traits have served to show its true colours, and it is imperative that the regime’s hideous atrocities are recorded in history for future generations to see.
Several people who were critical of the regime’s handling of the virus outbreak in the early days have gone missing, including Dr. Ai Fen, the director of the emergency department at Wuhan Central hospital.
Ai Fen was the first whistleblower, warning her colleagues in December 2019 about the emergence of this new strain of “pneumonia-like” coronavirus. According to media reports, she was severely admonished by CCP officials and accused of spreading rumours, apparently as a result of her criticism of censorship regarding the virus outbreak in a media interview she gave. News emerged on March 29 that Ai Fen had gone missing. Several others, including journalists and activists, who exposed the severity of the outbreak or criticized the government regarding the virus have also gone missing.
In China, “gone missing” means being detained on the sly. Friends and family do not know what has happened to the missing person, while the abducted victim would be subjected to grilling and torture until he or she relented.
One notorious example is that of notable human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang. Wang’s wife told western media in 2017 that her husband had simply vanished without a trace in 2015. Rights lawyers are constantly under siege in China, and Wang was no different. Wang’s courage in defending political campaigners, victims of land seizures, and Falun Gong practitioners had rankled the regime. After being detained for almost five years on fabricated charges, Wang was suddenly released in April this year, but rights advocates fear he will be subjected to house arrest, surveillance, and harassment.
Unrealistic Death Toll Figures
On April 17, officials in Wuhan raised the number COVID-19 deaths in the city by almost 50 percent to 3,869. This pushed the previously reported national totals up from 3,342 deaths to 4,632, and that number hasn’t changed since. But the revision didn’t quell widespread skepticism over whether Beijing has been transparent about the country’s death toll.
In Wuhan alone, the epicentre of the outbreak, news reports related to funeral homes indicate far higher figures. A Chinese-language magazine article quoted a truck driver as saying he had delivered 5,000 urns within two days to a funeral parlour in the city, which has eight funeral homes. A photograph published with the report showed an estimated 3,500 urns stacked up in one funeral parlour. Photos widely circulated on Chinese social media showed thousands of urns and long queues at funeral parlours and cemeteries in Wuhan.
This YouTube video titled, “Leaked Videos From China Reveal What’s Really Happening in Hospitals,” dated Feb. 10 and published by The Epoch Times gives a good idea of the pressure and desperation hospital staff in Wuhan were experiencing at that time.
Consider the following rationales. China is the world most populous country, with 1.4 billion people—a population density of 153 people per square kilometre. It is generally believed that it was on Nov. 17, 2019, that the first person was infected with the coronavirus. In mid-December 2019, a cluster of people in Wuhan became infected. However, Wuhan and other cities in Hubei were only placed under lockdown starting on Jan. 23, 2020 (the authorities didn’t acknowledge the outbreak until Dec. 31). How many people in Hubei and other parts of China would have been infected considering the lapse in the period between Nov. 17, 2019, and the lockdown date of Jan. 23, 2020?
Furthermore, the Wuhan provincial government estimates 5 million people left before that date as part of the Lunar New Year travelling season, even as Chinese authorities continued to maintain there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
On Jan. 27, a German man was infected by a colleague from Shanghai who had travelled to Germany for a company training event, and the German in turn infected a Mexican. The colleague had recently been visited in Shanghai by her parents, who live in Wuhan. In this instance, if the colleague from Shanghai could infect the German man, how many more people in Shanghai could have been infected when they came into contact with this woman and her parents? And how many more people in Shanghai could have been infected by the visiting parents during their stay there? And how many people in other places in China could have been infected by the exodus of people from Wuhan?
In light of these rationales and considering China’s population of 1.4 billion, the Beijing regime’s official death toll is a blatantly implausible claim.
Ruling with an iron fist is part and parcel of communism, making the CCP a totalitarian regime. The Party’s ruthlessness in history has been well documented. Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward resulted in the death of approximately 40 to 45 million people between 1958 and 1962. Even the records of mass murderers Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin pale in comparison.
Not only human rights lawyers and individual critics bear the brunt of the CCP’s iron fist, but entire groups have suffered ongoing repression and persecution by the regime, including Christians, Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims, and Falun Gong adherents.
In the case of the Uyghurs, it is estimated that at least a million are being held in massive “re-education” concentration camps in the Xinjiang autonomous region, where they are persecuted, exploited for labour, and forced to deny their faith and pledge allegiance to the CCP.
In leaked documents, former detainees told of physical and psychological torture in the camps. According to Human Rights Watch, countless Uyghur children have been inhumanely separated from their parents and placed in state-run child welfare institutions and boarding schools to be taught in Mandarin and indoctrinated with communist ideology. It has been alleged that the regime is conducting a campaign of cultural genocide against the Uyghurs.
The ongoing persecution campaign against practitioners of Falun Gong (a traditional meditation practice also called Falun Dafa) was launched by the CCP in 1999 due to fear of the practice’s immense popularity—it had an estimated 70-100 million adherents by the late ’90s—and the fact that it was outside the control of the Party.
The aim was to eradicate the practice by detaining adherents in the country’s vast system of labour camps, prisons, detention centres, and brainwashing centres and forcing them to give up Falun Gong by any brutal means necessary.
The sadistic methods of torture used on Falun Gong prisoners of conscience is beyond one’s imagination. Countless have been tortured to death or disabled by torture, and countless more have been killed for their organs to supply China’s very lucrative transplant industry.
An independent people’s tribunal, in its final judgment delivered in London on June 17, said there was clear evidence that forced organ harvesting has taken place in China for years “on a significant scale.”
“We, the tribunal members, are all certain, unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt, that in China, forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time, involving a very substantial number of victims,” Nice said.
While the Chinese regime has maintained from 2015 that organ transplants have come from voluntary donors, the tribunal said it concluded the practice is still taking place.
In his 2014 book “The Slaughter,” China analyst and investigator Ethan Gutmann estimated that organs from 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners, and 2,000 to 4,000 Uyghurs and Tibetans, were forcibly harvested between 2000 and 2008. The finding was based on seven years of research and interview-gathering.
No Dynasty Lasted Forever
Throughout the history of China, no dynasty lasted forever; dynasty after dynasty changed hands down through the ages. The CCP is not China; it is just the ruling political party of the country, and its reign won’t last forever either.
The Chinese people didn’t choose communism—it was imposed on them by the CCP through tyranny, brainwashing, repression, and destructive campaigns like the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.
If only the Chinese people could come to realize the negative impact that communist ideology has had on their psyche and reject it, the “spectre of communism” might be eliminated and they could break free of the control of the CCP.
As for the regime itself, I implore the CCP leadership to take the following actions:
- Stop all persecution of your own citizens including the Uyghurs and Falun Gong practitioners and release them from detention;
- Release all children held in institutions and let them be reunited with their parents;
- Release all human rights lawyers, dissidents, and critics who have been arbitrarily detained or put under house arrest.
The fact that three virus pandemics originated in China in the past 70 years should give the CCP the insight that man may propose, but it is God who disposes. The world is a stage, and as transient beings we cannot bring anything from this earth with us, but whatever we do while on earth, good or bad, matters. As the saying goes, what goes around comes around; it is only a matter of time.
No human law on earth could surpass the law of divine providence in evaluating sincere human kindness.
Cleo Lin is a writer based in Singapore.
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.