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Coronavirus is becoming a western excuse for sinophobia

Thinking an epidemic geopolitically

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Lucas Leiroz, Research Fellow in International Law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro…

Coronavirus is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest epidemic tragedies of our times. Hundreds of dead people and thousands of ill ones are the proof of it. For any person with good faith and interested in the well-being of people, it is a reason of preoccupation and compassion towards the victims. However, this good intention with people does not seem to be observed in some western countries.

The misinformation transmitted by western media is causing in common people a big confusion, making them think that every Chinese is infected by the mortal virus, which is creating a great wave of hate against everyone and everything that belongs to China. Clearly, this epidemic is being used by western potencies as a mean of hybrid war.

As while the virus causes more victims, sinophobic sentiments grow up all around the world. In Asian countries, an anti-Chinese racism is becoming stronger day after day, as we can see in Japan, where the Twitter hashtag “#ChineseDontComeToJapan” is one of the top Internet trends. Also, in Vietnam, Hong Kong – which, remembering, is a part of China – and South Korea, private corporations are sharing anti-China propaganda, saying that Chinese clients are not welcome there.

In Europe – a continent that claims Humans Rights, political correctness and democracy as supreme values – hate against China can also be witnessed, as we see, for example, in France, where journals are spreading lies about China and coronavirus, helping to create the myth of a “yellow threat”. Also, in Britain, The Herald Sun published an issue with the infamous headline “Chinese Virus Pand-monium”, and, in Germany, Der Spiegel published an issue with “Coronavirus. Made in China” as title.

In the American continent, the same anti-China racist sentiments are being fomented by media. In a Canadian school in Toronto, children who visited China were impeded to go to the school by the students’ furious families. In Brazil, a young student who is descendent of a Japanese family was insulted by an elder woman who confused her with a Chinese. During the racist criminal attack, the girl was publicly compared with pork in Rio de Janeiro’s metro.

Clearly, there is another epidemic problem in Chinese horizon that is the use of fake news and misinformation as instruments to foment hate against China, growing a scenario of racist aggressions towards Chinese people, culture, customs, traditions and politics. It is also a case of hybrid war, or, in other terms, a living proof that non-military means can also be used in warfare.

As an example of misinformation being shared irrationally in social networks to attack China, we have messages with pictures and videos that were supposedly took in China, showing some scenarios that seem shocking to non-Chinese people, as the eating of dog, cat, snake and bat meat. There is a myth circulating in the West that the consumption of these animals is absolutely common in China, being their meat easily found as food anywhere, which is, of course, a big and malicious lie.

These exotic animals are also rarely consumed in China. Dog and cat meat eating is a practice in extinction, being currently restricted to a few rural districts. Also, these other animals’ meat sound also exotic to any common Chinese person. The major part of the pictures and videos shared in Internet were not took in China, but in other Asian countries, where it is possible to find bat, snake and dog or cat meat more easily.

It is necessary to pay attention on the fact that spreading these lies is no an accident, but a well-organized project. There are several interests in creating a global atmosphere of hate against China, as well as against every country that fights for a multipolar world. Xenophobe is, at least in this case, not a personal repulsive sentiment, but a weapon – a very dangerous one.

Above all, we can see how the western potencies act maliciously in sense to cause damage to every country that represents a “threat” to US hegemonic plans. China, becoming the greatest world potency, is a reason of fear to the western axis. Cowardly, the enemies of China react spreading lies and fomenting hate. In contrary, China must act against these attacks with the same energy that is being used against coronavirus just because both are real threats and questions of national security.

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Olivia Kroth
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Coronavirus is becoming a western excuse for sinophobia – yes it is, and that was fully intended by the CIA who planted the biowarfare virus in China as part of their ongoing hybrid war against China.

Eirenae
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I fully agree. The Duran has not been helpful on this very important problem and highly politicised health issue!

Antony Manolis
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Antony Manolis

The chances of dying from regular flue is 1:100, the chances of dying from Coronovirus are 2.3 to 5:100 or from recovery point of view 99% for regular flu and 95% from Coronovirus. 600,000 people die every year from regular flu. This is hyped up beyond compare – if you concerned about survival don’t get any flu – take equal precautions, wear masks all the time, but of course people don’t. You have a much higher chance of dying of regular flu, which is much more common. This shows high hyped up this is.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I am no fan of the CIA either but frankly…I highly doubt your theory. With more and more cornavirus cases, with more and more people being asked to stay home, with more and more businesses starting to feel the “pinch”…the US would suffer just as much as China.

Nexus321
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Nexus321

They are psychopathic. They don’t care if Americans suffer if China also suffers. So it is highly plausible that they planted the virus.

Olivia Kroth
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This surely is so.

Olivia Kroth
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The US are self-destroying maniacs.

Mike
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Mike

If China was truly transparent, people would trust them. But its clearly not the case!

George Hartwell
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George Hartwell

Nobody is. Everything is faked. Especially because they don’t want to ‘panic’ the public. sponge-spined officials.

Olivia Kroth
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China is a lot more transparent than the USA.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Western decadence is more like it. Of course there is a reason to worry but no reason to panic…yet. Many more people die every year from cancer, HIV, heart attacks, etc. What is really counter productive are all those spreading panic with their conspiracy theories. We never seem to lack a reason to hate…

Amarka
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Amarka

https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/the-flu-has-killed-10000-americans-this-season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 19 million Americans have been infected with the flu so far this season, and 180,000 of them have been hospitalized because of the illness. The flu virus has already killed an estimated 10,000 people across the U.S., including 68 children, according to the CDC.

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Today’s “central threat” is, according to the US secretary of state, …

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………. Mr. Pompeo said in the conference: “The Chinese Communist Party presents the central threat of our times.”………..

https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/todays-central-threat-is-according-to-the-us-secretary-of-state

Amarka
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Amarka

6. Why did the team of scientists in India find elements of HIV in the coronavirus genome that is believed to raise the infectious potential, a finding, if correct, implies the engineering of a bioterror weapon? If the Indian scientists’ findings are correct, we should expect them to be shouted down by government supported scientists.  To save their careers, they would have to acknowledge a mistake in their research.  If the virus were a US manufactured one, China would have the same incentive to coverup the fact as Washington, because otherwise the consequence would be war, for which China is… Read more »

Amarka
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Amarka

China – Western China Bashing – vs. Western Biowarfare? By Peter Koenig, February 09, 2020 On 29 January WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that there was no reason to declare the outbreak of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV in China a pandemic risk. On 30 January, he declared the virus an international emergency, but made clear that there was no reason for countries to issue travel-advisories against travelling to China. Let me speculate – the ‘international emergency’ was declared at the request of Washington, and the comment against the travel-advisory was an addition by Dr. Tedros himself, as he realized… Read more »

George Hartwell
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George Hartwell

This is my comment on an article elsewhere: ‘When Dr. Boyle ‘contends that the virus was manufactured and bio-engineered in a Biosafety Level 4 laboratory,’ which turns into an ‘allegation’ with no solid proof but ‘growing evidence’, This is wishy-washy science and mealy-mouthed journalism. When a scientist makes a guess it is a hypothesis but Dr. Boyle makes a wild guess that fully blames China for manufacturing a biological weapon: ‘he hypothesizes that WHO-affiliated Wuhan scientists genetically tinkered with the coronavirus responsible for SARS (SARS-CoV) until it became the monstrosity it is now (2019-nCoV).’ That is an extremely inflammatory hypothesis… Read more »

Steven Zakrzewski
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Steven Zakrzewski

You wrote, ” In a Canadian school in Toronto, children who visited China were impeded to go to the school by the students’ furious families.”The principal of Somerset Academy, a private school in Markham, sent a letter home to parents this weekend saying that families who have traveled to Asia should stay home for a minimum of 15 days.” What a distortion!

CTV in Canada reported, “After hearing the news, some GTA schools issued notices to parents calling for caution and asking families to stay home if necessary.”

oldandjaded
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Wow, I have read some dumb, uniformed myopically western viewpoints on SE Asia on the Duran before, but this sets a new standard. I have spent a LOT of time DEEPLY immersed in the Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese cultures for the last thirty years, and racism against the Chinese has ALWAY been fundamental to Korean, Vietnamese and Taiwanese culture. This is based on the simple fact that China has historically been the largest, most powerful nation in the region, and Vietnam and Korea especially, have been resisting Chinese invasion for a thousand years. FWIW, I volunteer a couple times… Read more »

oldandjaded
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I should mention here, I also lived for a year with a very well educated woman from Suzhou (PHD in Electronic Engineering ) and spent time in Shanghai, Suzhou and Wuxi, she would also agree with this. Most educated Chinese are fully aware of how the other nations in the region view them, as they find themselves on the receiving end of it.

oldandjaded
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And I just noticed, the person telling you “how people in SE asia are becoming racist towards China because of western propaganda about coronavirus is, wait for it, from RIO DE JANEIRO! ROFLMAO!! yea, cause you know, why would you want to hear the opinion of someone from oh, say Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia, ect.
Typical Western chauvinism run amok…rolleyes

oldandjaded
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A couple days ago “snowbunting” posted on here about how she thought people on the Duran were intelligent enough to not want censorship, that they were capable of discerning fake-news from reality for themselves.
I disagree with her, in fact, I observe the exact opposite. The people I communicate with in the real world are far less ideological, and far more politically rational than the majority of people I see posting on the Duran.
But then, the people I communicate with in the real world are Canadians, so maybe that has something to do with it?

john vieira
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Aside…you include Taiwan…it is not racism but ideology that separates the “two” China’s…Seem to recall a guy by the name of Chiang Kai Chek(?) who retreated to Taiwan with his army…

oldandjaded
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Absolutely true, but its not me that started describing it as “racism” its the guy who posted the original article. But yes, good point. Its society wide now, even anti-Russian sentiment in the US is described as “racist”, its a mis-use of the word.

john vieira
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Give us all a break….So Russia is sinophobic by closing their ENTIRE border??? This virus has been identified as “man made”…and it obviously escaped. Due to it’s unique qualities vis a vis incubation EVERYBODY should be taking extreme precautions to inhibit it’s spread…a little pain now is way better than no pain at all!!!

Olivia Kroth
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I agree, john vieira. Give it a break! Unfortunately, we have a very crude invasion of Canuck blabbermouths here on the board of the DURAN, spamming us with long, asinine posts. Go home, blabbery Canucks! Spam your own media with pseudo-scientific rot, you old fools!

Louis
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Louis

An interesting point of view I recently came across concerning the coronavirus is the following. The virus is going to be blown out of all proportions; and will be made to look like the mother of all pandemics. Why? It is a test by the big players that control most of the media outlets to see how far the truth can be stretched. The technique being used is the one that comes from the story of “the boy who cried wolf”. The idea being to push the crowd to the edge over a situation that while troublesome is not as… Read more »

oldandjaded
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Except, the Malthusian “destroying the planet” shite that the same people (Like Canadian oil oligarch, Maurice Strong, and former Nazi/fellow oil oligarch Prince Berhard, just to scuff the surface of the shitpond you have unknowingly immersed yourself in ) that would be behind the exercise above have been brainwashing the proles like yourself with since the early seventies IS the BIG “wolf call”. But then you wont be able to hear that in your narcissistic bubble, so…

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