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China Outraged After Largest German Newspaper Accuses Beijing Of "Exporting" Coronavirus Pandemic, Demands €149 Billion In Damages

“China’s greatest export hit (that nobody wanted to have, but which has nevertheless gone around the world) is coronavirus.”

Let’s see how the pro-China “fact checkers” blow up on this one.

The editor-in-chief of Germany’s largest paper Bild on Thursday launched a full frontal attack on China’s communist president Xi Jinping for his regime’s failure to lying about the coronavirus outbreak and the massive human rights violations carried out by the Communist Party, and demanding no less that €149 billion in damages as a result of China’s actions.

In an article titled “What China Owes Us”, Julian Reichelt, the prominent editor-in-chief of the Bild, wrote to Jinping that  “Your embassy in Berlin has addressed me in an open letter because we asked in our newspaper Bild whether China should pay for the massive economic damage the coronavirus is inflicting worldwide.”

Addressing the Chinese president, the German editor wrote that, “You, your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it. Your top experts didn’t respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan. You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace.”

Reichelt said that, “You rule by surveillance. You wouldn’t be president without surveillance. You monitor everything, every citizen, but you refuse to monitor the diseased wet markets in your country. You shut down every newspaper and website that is critical of your rule, but not the stalls where bat soup is sold. You are not only monitoring your people, you are endangering them – and with them, the rest of the world.”

He continued with his bill of particulars, noting that “surveillance is a denial of freedom. And a nation that is not free, is not creative. A nation that is not innovative, does not invent anything. This is why you have made your country the world champion in intellectual property theft.

“China enriches itself with the inventions of others, instead of inventing on its own,” Reichelt wrote. “The reason China does not innovate and invent is that you don’t let the young people in your country think freely. China’s greatest export hit (that nobody wanted to have, but which has nevertheless gone around the world) is coronavirus.”

We can’t wait to read what Reichelt will have to say when it is confirmed that the “Wu Flu” escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a development we expect will take place any day.

The best-selling paper Bild calculated prior to Reichelt’s editorial that China owed Germany €149 billion for coronavirus damages, triggering the angry response from the Chinese embassy in Berlin. Bild said the compensation amounts to  €1,784  per person if Germany’s GDP drops by 4.2 percent. The Bild article was titled: “What China owes us.”

In response, the spokeswoman for China’s embassy, Tao Lil, published an open letter to Bild in German on the embassy’s website stating that, “I followed your reporting on the corona pandemic in general and China’s alleged guilt in particular today. Apart from the fact that we consider it a pretty bad style to blame a country for a pandemic that is affecting the whole world and then to present an explicit account of alleged Chinese debts to Germany, the article ignores some essential facts.”

She added that “We note that many countries now struggling with COVID-19 have had time to prepare for the cross-border spread of the pathogen after China reported its outbreak under IHR [World Health Organization] guidelines.”

And in taking a page out of every liberal textbook, everywhere, having no credible defense, China’s embassy spokeswoman promptly changed subjects and said the article “stirs up xenophobia and nationalism.”

So… accusing a government of a giant cover up – which we already know happened as China itself admitted when it silenced the Wuhan doctor who tried to bring the world’s attention to the plague ravaging his town only to be arrested and forecefully silenced before dying from the coronavirus – is now nothing more than an act of racism. Got it. Perhaps the next time the IRS comes knocking and demanding a “fairer share” of one’s income, the same “you are racist” excuse can be applied as well?

Oh, and yes, the same line of questioning that got this site banned by the “ultra liberal” arbiters of all that is true and just in this world – and direct whose actions may have facilitates the deaths of thousands of people around the globe – was not lost on the Bild editor-in-chief, who cited last week’s Washington Post article reporting that, “your laboratories in Wuhan have been researching coronaviruses in bats, but without maintaining the highest safety standards. Why are your toxic laboratories not as secure as your prisons for political prisoners? Would you like to explain this to the grieving widows, daughters, sons, husbands, parents of corona victims all over the world?”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, even if we did say it about 3 months earlier, for which we got the ultimate punishment from that paragon of free speech, Jack Dorsey.

Reichelt concluded that, “In your country, your people are whispering about you. Your power is crumbling. You have created an inscrutable, non-transparent China. Before Corona, China was known as a surveillance state. Now, China is known as a surveillance state that infected the world with a deadly disease.That is your political legacy.”

Bild’s full frontal attack on China may have been the trigger for everyone else to pile on, and on Saturday, President Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic, especially if it involved open lies about the origin of the deadly virus: the country’s only maximum security Level 4 biolab, which as Nature wrote in February 2017 was tasked with “studying the world’s most dangerous pathogens” in which the highly respected scientific publication also warned about “worries surround the Chinese lab. The SARS virus has escaped from high-level containment facilities in Beijing multiple times.”

Trump told reporters: “It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it. “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there should be consequences.”

We eagerly look forward to finding out just what those consequences are… not just for China, but for all those – such as Jack Dorsey and Twitter – who enabled this lie to be perpetuated for months.

Trump concluded the Chinese were “embarrassed” and the question was whether what happened with the coronavirus was “a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?” All this happened just hours after this week the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started, revised its number of fatalities by with a sudden 50% jump in the figure, confirming yet again that anything that comes out of China is a lie, and that all those who defend China’s position – for purely monetary pursuits even if it means the deaths of countless people – should be judged, if not in a just as corrupt legal system, then in a court of the people.

https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/china-outraged-after-largest-german-newspaper-accuses-beijing-starting-coronavirus

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BobValdez
BobValdez
April 20, 2020

What a crock of utter BULLSHIT. Sorry, Duran, your standards havew fallen fully into the toilet now.

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  BobValdez
April 20, 2020

The amount of Sinophobia articles appearing on this site is sickening, even if they’re regurgitated from elsewhere. It blackens what it otherwise a very informative site (overlooking the blinders that Alex & Alexander have for Trump).

scott
scott
Reply to  TravelAbout
April 20, 2020

Always fascinating how people place rigid ideology above cold hard facts. In China, they refer to the virus as the Wuhan virus, because that is where they know it came from. Why defend the arsonist because you may not like the house…..that being western civilization. China knowingly hid the truth, and still do, as to both the origin of the virus, and human to human infection. FACT!

Sean
Sean
Reply to  scott
April 20, 2020

Another troll idiot.

Thraxite
Thraxite
Reply to  scott
April 21, 2020

That is where it was first discovered, not where it first came from, you’re disingenuous trying to frame it like that. It is called gas-lighting or a strawman argument.

scott
scott
Reply to  BobValdez
April 20, 2020

Always fascinating how people place rigid ideology above cold hard facts. In China, they refer to the virus as the Wuhan virus, because that is where they know it came from. Why defend the arsonist because you dislike the house….in this case, the US and western civilization.

Thraxite
Thraxite
Reply to  BobValdez
April 21, 2020

I just threw the Duran Mug I bought months ago in the bin. The Duran slid low so damned quick. Amazing how they became so mainstream so fast.

Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

Bild-Zeitung is a low level yellow press outlet, not to be taken seriously. In general, German mass media follow the Pentagon and CIA guideline, as Germany is a US overseas vassal. President Xi should not take them seriously. They are scum and write rubbish.

scott
scott
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

So China isn’t responsible for the Wuhan Virus? Tell me then, who is? German mass media follow the Neo-liberal agenda, which is usually pro-Chinese. Why not blame the arsonist?

Systems Analyst
Systems Analyst
Reply to  scott
April 20, 2020

Nature? Best not to fool it with self-serving shenanigans.

Thraxite
Thraxite
Reply to  scott
April 21, 2020

Try mother nature or overcrowding. International travel, I would say the airlines and any government that allowed cruise ships or aircraft to dock/land after knowing the disease was there, who cared more about the economy than their citizens. SO stop blaming others and ask why your local government allowed infected people back into your country/state. Pathetic argument. Also, when the panic is over and the it is shown to be no more dangerous than the flu (except if you’re old or have health issues) and you panicked for nothing who are you going to blame then?

Lost Cause
Lost Cause
Reply to  scott
April 21, 2020

Actually. No. China isn’t responsible. Read this: “US alerted Israel, NATO to disease outbreak in China in NOVEMBER.” C.I.A/Mossad/ISIS knew the would be a virus outbreak – before China…
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-alerted-israel-nato-to-disease-outbreak-in-china-in-november-report/

scott
scott
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

Always fascinating how people place rigid ideology above cold hard facts. In China, they refer to the virus as the Wuhan virus, because that is where they know it came from. Why defend the arsonist because you may not like the house…..that being western civilization. China knowingly hid the truth, and still do, as to both the origin of the virus, and human to human infection. FACT!

Systems Analyst
Systems Analyst
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

Gutter journalism is all the rage these days.

paul
paul
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 21, 2020

Bild is even worse than Murdoch’s Sun, if that is possible.
It isn’t fit for kitty litter.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  paul
April 21, 2020

Yes, it is possible. Bild is a lot worth than the Sun. Bild is partly pornography too. Showing naked women amid political lies …

Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020
Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

TASS: Moldovan president thanks Russia for delivering aid from China to combat coronavirus — According to the Moldovan president, the shipment contains coronavirus testing systems, protective equipment and medical supplies — CHISINAU, April 20. /TASS/. Moldovan President Igor Dodon has thanked Russia for delivering medical aid from China to the country to combat the coronavirus. “We will succeed in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the world only if we help each other. I would like to thank the Russian leadership for responding to our request and providing an An-124 aircraft free of charge to deliver a shipment of… Read more »

paul
paul
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 21, 2020

The difference of the response of China and other countries is instructive. China sent medical teams and medical supplies to 89 countries, even before the virus was brought under control back home. Russia did the same on a smaller scale, even as an outbreak in Russia was known to be imminent. Little sanctioned, impoverished Cuba sent medical teams all over the world, including northern Italy, one of the most prosperous regions on the planet. Though they got precious little in the way of gratitude for their efforts, just the usual sneers and smears. Poland blocked Russian relies flights to Italy.… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  paul
April 21, 2020

Indeed, China has sent medical aid to many countries to help fight the coronavirus, but this fact is not mentioned much in the western mainstream press.

Beautiful Love
April 20, 2020

It is nice to see that the germans are making a claim for damages suffered from the coronavirus impact on their economy, but they must be reminded that the coronavirus has its roots in the Nazis of yesteryear not in china. Look at IBM and its contribution to the eugenics program which is connected to Bill Gates and the criminal Fauci who is behind this whole thing and most likely will profit bigtime if they are able to get their Bill Gates sponsored Vacine. This is purely Eugenics at its highest levels and China has no vested interests in satanic… Read more »

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  Beautiful Love
April 20, 2020

No, not Germans! 1 German is making a claim, for click bait. And he is clearly an idiot. As to Eugenics, its history goes much further back than Nazi Germany, you’d have to look into ancient Greek and Rome for that. For a record of it. In reality essentially all cultures practiced some form of it or another at some time. Interesting how you propose that one should not point fingers in one direction while you do all the pointing yourself. I recommend you practice what you preach, go seek a mirror. Quick! The only blame belongs to all governments… Read more »

Systems Analyst
Systems Analyst
April 20, 2020

I like the precedent. It will open up Germany to far-reaching compensation for the effects of 2 world wars, not to mention:

Compensation from US when H1N1 flu outbreak claimed 200,000 deaths; when people around the world are suffering from HIV/AIDS that was first detected in the US; when the collapse of LehmanBrothers turned into a global financial crisis in 2008:

Ans so much more.

Sean
Sean
April 20, 2020

Who wrote this muck? Hang your heads in shame, Duran, for publishing this propaganda hit piece against China.
Seems the Duran has gone over to the dark side, if it was ever was on the good side.
Shameful, Duran, to all concerned.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Sean
April 20, 2020

I do not see this text from Zerohedge in such a negative way. The first half reports what the German Yellow Press rag “Bild” wrote. The second half reports what the Chinese answered to it. I find this is rather neutral reporting, not bad at all. The German slanderers are exposing themselves, showing their ugly faces again. Please do not blame the Duran.

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

by publishing the article The Duran endorses it. What The Duran could do, is add a short commentary, but that takes effort and time. So they quickly copy and paste what they read and found worth sharing. When you add the sum of what they are sharing, then yes, they should hang their head in shame. Not the first time people comment about The Duran using this platform to peddle their own ideologies (which is anti-China yet pro-communism at the same time, Freud would have a field day). That is not journalism. That is the MSM clad in a different… Read more »

Conor Hanley
Conor Hanley
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

Hardly call it neutral , rather schizoid in putting forth different points of view till it dropped off the deep end into irrational sinophobia. Whatever China did or didn’t do the west had plenty of advance knowledge to prepare which it mostly failed to do hence the projection to blame China which also fits the constant cold war rhetoric against China in addition to the Russiagate shite.

Criticize China or anybody you want but at least try to be rational about it. Thanks.

Clarity
Clarity
April 20, 2020

Bild Zeitung is no authority on Germany, or in Germany. A commentary by the editor to get clicks and free marketing. And look, he got what he was seeking.

paul
paul
April 21, 2020

Yet another garbage article on the site pushing vilification of China. I don’t know what sewer The Duran dredges up this crap from. It just regurgitates all the usual talking points of the Neocon smear merchants. It takes it as read that China “lied” about the outbreak. There is no doubt in the initial stages the problem was underestimated and may have been badly mishandled by local officials. There may have been a desire to avoid panic as well. But when the nature of the outbreak became apparent, the Chinese state responded with tremendous energy and drive. Western leaders chose… Read more »

Lost Cause
Lost Cause
April 21, 2020

Read this: “US alerted Israel, NATO to disease outbreak in China in NOVEMBER.” C.I.A/Mossad/ISIS knew the would be a virus outbreak – before China…
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-alerted-israel-nato-to-disease-outbreak-in-china-in-november-report/

Also: “US military intelligence tried to raise the alarm about the coronavirus epidemic in China when it was still embryonic in November”
https://on.rt.com/aehl

Mark
Mark
April 21, 2020

BILD is a tabloid – a very influential one – it is the manual workers daily bread and they believe in what they write. War with China in the making.

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