Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on China’s Communist Party to halt disinformation spread by propaganda outlets claiming the novel coronavirus was first spread in China by the U.S. Army. Mr. Pompeo made the comments in a phone call Monday to Yang Jiechi, director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China. The secretary “conveyed strong U.S. objections to PRC efforts to shift blame for COVID-19 to the United States,” according to a statement issued by the State Department. “The secretary stressed that this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat.” Mr. Yang, according to state-run Chinese television, told Mr. Pompeo that any attempt to smear China for its efforts to counter the coronavirus “will not succeed,” Reuters reported. The Chinese senior diplomat also threatened unspecified retaliation about what he said were efforts by U.S. politicians to denigrate China’s efforts to fight the virus. The exchange is the latest in Washington and Beijing’s growing war of words about the virus. White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien had harsh criticism in remarks last week to The Heritage Foundation for China’s early handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Mr. O’Brien said that instead of using best practices for handling new diseases, “this outbreak in Wuhan was covered up.” Doctors who sought to disclose the virus were imprisoned or silenced, he added.
The disinformation campaign about the Wuhan virus by communist China continues. Kudos to Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, and all the good folks at the State Dept, for putting pressure on those lying tools. Again, when you need to buy a good or service, now more than ever BUY AMERICAN!! Avoid “made in China” products if at all possible. For more on this article by veteran journalist Bill Gertz, click on the text above.
The State Department on Friday summoned the Chinese ambassador after a spokesperson with China’s foreign ministry suggested the U.S. military might have brought coronavirus to Wuhan — where the outbreak first emerged last year. A senior State official told Fox News that Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell called in Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai over China’s “blatant, global” disinformation campaign on the novel coronavirus. It’s unclear whether other statements might have been discussed at the meeting. But it comes after foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian wrote on Twitter: “When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals?” Zhao went on to suggest that it “might be [the] US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.” “Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation,” he wrote. Days earlier, China’s ambassador to South Africa also downplayed his country’s role in the pandemic. “Although the epidemic first broke out in China, it did not necessarily mean that the virus originated from China, let alone ‘made in China,'” he tweeted. The remarks come as part of a massive public relations campaign from the Chinese to convince the world that the United States bears the blame for the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed roughly 5,000 lives around the globe. The Chinese government has already published a book in English — with translations in the works in French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic — touting its handling of the deadly disease. “A Battle Against Epidemic: China Combatting COVID-19 in 2020” is a mishmash of glowing state media reports on the accomplishments of President Xi Jinping, the Communist Party and the dominance of the Chinese system in fighting the crisis.
Kudos to our State Dept for calling out the Chinese for their lies and brazen bs. We cannot tolerate them blaming US for THEIR incompetence in handling this virus that came from THEIR country….and which they sat on and didn’t admit to the world for two months! Again, if you’re out shopping..BUY AMERICAN! Let’s vote with our wallets and tell China what it can go do with itself.