The European Union, the United States and China are the world’s largest trading partners. And yet, evidently, China is not trusted by any of its trading partners in the Group of 7 nations (G7) enough to be included in critical discussions dedicated to coordinating efforts to battle the pandemic.
The World Can’t Trust China
The G7 nations are a diverse group, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, the United States and the European Union. Alienating all of them at once in the midst of a global pandemic takes some serious focus and determination.
And yet China owns that dubious accomplishment. Its exclusion from this prestigious group of nations is serious and telling. No one in the world trusts them. And it’s not about political orientation, either—the UK is even coordinating with Cuba about a cruise ship struck with the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
The Epoch Times refers to the new coronavirus as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic. The virus started in China last year before spreading around the world.
But how can it be that China is left out of the most advanced nations in the world working together? Doesn’t it seem logical that given China’s seminal experience with the outbreak, that it would be a key partner in combatting it? Why wouldn’t China be at the forefront of such a group?
And yet, China was not only absent from the meeting, as far as one can tell, it wasn’t even mentioned. Such a comprehensive exclusion speaks volumes of either the G7 nations or of China. Sadly, the Chinese regime isn’t trusted by anyone in the world, least of all its own people. Its behavior hasn’t done much to help its cause in the world, nor for that matter, the world, in the current pandemic.
China Puts the Whole World at Risk
As the source and driver of the worst global pandemic in a century, China had a moral imperative to act responsibly and properly. Such actions would have included the Chinese leadership informing its citizens, and the other 6 billion or so of us, immediately and consistently about what it knew and had learned about the virus from the beginning onward.
Had that happened, it could have saved victims around the world much grief and misery. But just the opposite occurred. It withheld information and deceived the world. The Chinese regime had much of that data in the early days of the New Year, well before the epidemic became a pandemic.
The information China that knew about and learned before anyone else regarding the symptoms, transmission and lifespan of the virus, containment and treatment techniques, as well as other empirical data was suppressed or destroyed over period of several weeks, up to two months or even longer, for the sole purpose of preserving the CCP’s illusion of competence. In the meantime, thousands of people in China died.
Of course, had that information been made available, it would have been very helpful to the rest of the world in preparing for what was to come.
Instead, all the world got from China was denials and false assurances. Meanwhile, when Chinese authorities weren’t dragging people from their homes on suspicion of having been exposed to the virus, they were jailing thousands of other people in their own homes by welding their doors shut.
But the CCP’s culpability goes well beyond that. The CCP leadership didn’t just enable the virus to spread domestically. Their actions—or inactions—willfully allowed the Wuhan virus to spread to the entire world. There is no other way of expressing that fact except to say it thus.
The facts are clear. While the virus was spreading throughout Wuhan and Hubei province, infected workers were leaving town for their home villages hundreds of miles away in other parts of the country for the Lunar New Year holiday.
But other infected Chinese citizens, including tourists, workers and business people, were still flying freely out of China to cities and countries around the globe. The Chinese regime knew exactly what was happening in the earliest phases of the virus, and knew about the risks that they were subjecting the rest of the world to, and yet they allowed it to happen.
As a result, infected workers, engineers, students and business people flew back and forth from China into those countries with the deepest economic ties, such as Iran and Italy. And those nations, unfortunately have been the hardest hit by the CCP virus outside of China.
But infected people also travelled into Germany, France, the UK and the United States, without any word or warning. The CCP leadership did, however, see their way clear to arresting their own doctors and medical personnel who dared speak the truth about what was infecting and killing their fellow citizens by the thousands each day.
Such are the means by which a great country and a great power creates and magnifies distrust in the eyes of the world and among its closest trading partners. And undoubtedly, it is the same means by which a government diminishes itself in the eyes of its own people.
The CCP Is the Deadliest Virus
The problem, of course, isn’t the Chinese people themselves, but rather, with those who rule the country with an unprecedented level of control and brutality. Even today, it is not evident that China is winning its battle with the CCP virus.
What’s more, the CCP’s behavior makes one skeptical of its claims to have gotten through the worst of it. If such claims were true, they would certainly not be kicking Western journalists out of the country. That leads one to believe it more likely that the Party has just changed how they report it, or altered the figures.
That’s standard operating procedure for the CCP. The reality is that the CCP doesn’t give a damn about the rest of the world—decades of trade, investment and modernization doesn’t mean a day’s worth of trust.
If the world didn’t know that before, it does now.
James Gorrie is a writer and speaker based in Southern California. He is the author of “The China Crisis.”
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.