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U.S. – China Cold War has officially started (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 510.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how the Covid-19 virus has turned what was a manageable trade and tariff war into a full scale propaganda Cold War between the United States and China.


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Via Al Jazeera…

On March 18, China marked a milestone in its “people’s war” against the new coronavirus. For the first time in three months, there were no new local infections in the central province of Hubei, where more than 60 million people remain confined to their homes as part of a nationwide effort to control the deadly outbreak.

The respiratory illness caused by the new pathogen, first detected in late December in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, has spread rapidly across the world, infecting more than 465,000 people and killing more than 21,000 as of March 26.

Europe has become the new epicentre of the disease, also known as COVID-19, with the death toll in Italy and Spain higher than China and the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday that the United States might be next.

But in China, the outbreak appears to be under control, with less than 5,000 patients still undergoing treatment and new cases confirmed only among people returning from overseas.

Authorities in Beijing, who were widely criticised for initially covering up the outbreak, are now hailing their success, highlighting the unparalleled measures that helped quell the outbreak within the country and positioning China as a global leading power in the fight against the coronavirus – all while engaging in an acrimonious war of words with the US.

Prior to the slowing of local transmissions in China, the country’s highly controlled state media was almost exclusively pushing one narrative: the supremacy of the so-called “system with Chinese characteristics” in fighting the outbreak.

News anchors and online reporters praised the central leadership for utilising measures unthinkable in other countries in their bid to contain the virus, including a nationwide quarantine, the use of mass surveillance to track infections bringing the world’s second-largest economy to a near-halt.

“With utmost determination to curb the outbreak growth, China has bought enough time for the world to prepare itself for this pandemic,” Geng Shuang, the spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters on March 19, suggesting that China’s draconian measures had slowed down the transmission of the disease worldwide.

‘Global leader against coronavirus’

As the domestic pressure to contain the outbreak eased, state media shifted their focus to featuring China’s recent effort to deploy medics and resources to areas most hard-hit by the virus, particularly Italy and Iran, labelling itself as a global leader in the battle against the virus.

China has sent planeloads of medical equipment, including the much sought-after masks, ventilators, and other personal protective equipment to the worst-hit countries in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

CCTV, the official state broadcaster, continuously plays videos of Chinese medics arriving in Bergamo in northern Italy and Iran’s capital, Tehran.

CGTN, the international wing of CCTV, and Global Times, a state-owned English language tabloid, are two of the many state media outlets praising China’s “generosity” and “leadership” during the pandemic.

Positive feedback from global leaders, such as Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic, and officials from Venezuela and the Philippines – mostly comments applauding China’s support and leadership  – have also been prominently featured in the state media coverage.

Meanwhile, the social media accounts of government-backed media institutions are at the front line of the propaganda push, including on Twitter and Facebook, which are both banned in China.

‘Shifting domestic anger’

By doing so, Beijing is trying to shift domestic and international attention away from the pent-up anger in the country towards the central government for an initial cover-up of the outbreak that many say paved the way for the rapid spread of the virus.

“By pushing for this narrative, China is avoiding the blame and successfully dodging culpability for its role in spreading the coronavirus,” said Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

“In suppressing information about the virus and allowing it to spread unchecked in the crucial early days and weeks, the regime imperilled the more than 100 nations now facing their own potentially devastating outbreaks.”

Some analysts say what triggered the propaganda machine in China is the deterioration in relations between Beijing and Washington, which are also locked in a bitter trade dispute.

Last week, tensions escalated after China expelled more than a dozen American journalists working for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post newspapers, in a tactic seen as retaliation for the US designating China’s state media as diplomatic missions.

‘Blame game’

Now officials in the two countries are blaming each other for the current pandemic.

Since early March, Chinese officials and state media have been pushing the idea that the new coronavirus could have originated somewhere else – notably the US.

Lijian Zhao, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, has been particularly vocal in questioning the US’s role in the viral outbreak.

On March 12, Zhao posted a tweet saying: “It might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan”. And despite widespread criticism over the unsubstantiated claim, Zhao continues to blame Washington.

Articles with titles along the lines of The virus didn’t come from China: the US brought the virus to China as a bioweapon are widely shared across China’s tightly-controlled internet.

Some of these pieces filled with conspiracy theories say the US army brought the virus to China during the Military World Games held in Wuhan in October last year. State media is also calling for an “inquiry” into the US’s role in the emergence of this outbreak, publishing articles that question Washington based on an unfounded assumption that the US was behind the spread of the virus.

Aggressive foreign policy

The WHO and leading medical experts say the virus jumped from an animal host to humans, stressing that the suggestion that the pathogen did not have a natural origin are “dangerous” to the effort to contain the pandemic.

But Chinese academics are also supporting the narrative of US involvement.

Chen Xuyan, a scientist based in Beijing, appeared on CCTV on March 18 and suggested that the fast speed of research on COVID-19 vaccines in the US could be attributed to the possibility that Washington had already obtained the virus long before, by extension implying the US might have sent the virus to China.

“The Xi government is following a very aggressive foreign policy now, engaging in what Mao Zedong called a ‘tongue war’ – the propaganda war,” said Anne-Marie Brady, a professor at the University of Canterbury who specialises in Chinese politics.

The resentment in China has been exacerbated by US President Donald Trump’s decision to use terms like “foreign virus” and more frequently, “Chinese virus”, to refer to the new pathogen.

Images posted online show that during a recent news conference, Trump crossed out the word “corona” and wrote “CHINESE” in front of the word “virus” in the script of his speech.

The Chinese foreign ministry has called the moves “irresponsible” and “racist”.

Instead of sweeping Trump’s comments under the rug, which is usually what the state media does for comments that go against the Communist Party line, the government is using Trump’s remarks as a tactic to incite public anger towards the US leader and as an extension, the US as a whole.

“With the US facing its own credibility issues in recent years, China’s false narrative threatens to spread as quickly as the coronavirus,” wrote Matthew Karnitschnig, the chief Europe correspondent of Politico.

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Olivia Kroth
March 27, 2020

“By pushing for this narrative, China is avoiding the blame and successfully dodging culpability for its role in spreading the coronavirus,” said Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

Instead od accusing Chinese authorities, the fellows of the Brookings Institution should inquire in the CIA bunker of Langley, Virginia, how and why they created the biowarfare virus and how they brought it to China. Did it travel with US military there? Tragically, the virus has bounced back home, to the USA. “Mama is best”, always. Home, sweet home!

The Ides of March
The Ides of March
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 27, 2020

If the US had enough masks, the blow back would be affecting it far less.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  The Ides of March
March 27, 2020

The US in their hybris probably thought the biowarfare virus would never bounce back to them.

Anthony Enos Wicher
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 28, 2020

No, the people that did this have no loyalty to the United States. They are globalists seeking to create a global dictatorship and reduce the population.

BobValdez
BobValdez
Reply to  Anthony Enos Wicher
July 17, 2020

That, too.

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 27, 2020

What do you expect, Sylvia? The Brookings Institute after all is a notorious neo-con funded institution! It’s interesting how the US Establishment is spinning this crisis (reflected in this article) to try to berate China. Trump really has put himself between a rock and a hard place: the Deep State and its media mouthpieces will blame him for the spread of the virus – justifiably or not – while the President launching a blame game war against China at the same time as a trade war, is ending up with both rebounding. He’s lucky that at the moment his Democratic… Read more »

Anthony Enos Wicher
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 28, 2020

I would not say this was done as part of Trump Administration policy. It was done by Nazi globalists with an agenda to reduce world population. It isn’t something Trump would know about.

Fractured News
Fractured News
March 27, 2020

Trump to officially declare China a state sponsor of terrorism for exporting viruses to the US without a license, for allowing Uighurs to attack US troops in Syria….. oh, and for having machine guns.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Fractured News
March 27, 2020

The main sponsor of terrorism worldwide remains the USA. They have lost place number 1 as a military power and economic power, yet they have retained place number one as sponsor of global terrorism.

Let them eat a cake (of soap)
Let them eat a cake (of soap)
Reply to  Fractured News
March 27, 2020

CNN is running a story now that Trump hasn’t been infected yet because of his small hands and is thinking of introducing mandatory hand binding to combat the virus. 😉

Old Knowledge
Old Knowledge
Reply to  Let them eat a cake (of soap)
March 27, 2020

Oh stop it, you CNN troll. You’re just trying to undermine Trumpian democracy.

Topolcats
Topolcats
March 27, 2020

Remember the bio warfare used on the native population of the USA by giving away infected blankets. Trump declared an economic war on China. What better extension of economic war could you have in using biowar which would decimate China’s economic power? Not to kill million only to destroy 2nd largest economy. China’s response undeniably indicates a planned response from a US BIOLOGICAL ATTACK! The response was already successfully planed in case the US attacked China with a Bio weapon. Only fools would think China suddenly, overnight, had a planned response. I suspect China will hit back? In anycase its… Read more »

Topolcats
Topolcats
March 27, 2020

War is near. America will attack China (which will bring in Russia) to stop civil war in her own lands when the US dollar and economy finally crashes & dead stops the USA from printing her worthless currency. The unworthiness of the US economy is clear. Signs are showing in Saudi Arabia are soon likely not to demand payment in US currency. For the Yankees & the world, the arrogant Oligarchs of the USA would prefer no world at all rather than a world where they are no longer the rulers of the world. We can just burn because the… Read more »

Topolcats
Topolcats
March 27, 2020

I sometimes wonder why the Duran is not accepting that the USA who has form in her history of chemical and biological warfare use throughout history. I believe the US did infect China with Biowarfare. China asks a simple question? Who was patient zero in the USA? Why does the USA remain mute???? Also I understand has a C strain of the Corvid19. The USA has ABCD strain in the US. I understand you need a parent A to give cause to strain called C. But simply put: Why does the US remain mute on when was the first Corona… Read more »

Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor
Reply to  Topolcats
March 27, 2020

These guys see no wrong in Trump

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  Jacob Taylor
March 27, 2020

A definite blind spot with The Duran. Trump is a dangerous effin idiot.

Never let a court jester juggle grenades
Never let a court jester juggle grenades
Reply to  TravelAbout
March 28, 2020

Pretty much every POTUS since WWII has been a dangerous effin idiot in one way or another.

TravelAbout
TravelAbout

Agreed.

Black Picard
Reply to  Topolcats
March 27, 2020

“But simply put: Why does the US remain mute on when was the first Corona Patient was diagnosed and WHY NOT simply tell the world?”

How dare u ask a perfectly logical question to the Americunts? Are u insane?

Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor
March 27, 2020

When are you doing a video on the disgusting giveaway that your buddy Trump and the swamp just handed to corporations or it’s only Obama’s bailouts that are wrong

Black Picard
Reply to  Jacob Taylor
March 27, 2020

Speaking of crony private bailouts to institutions that hate socialism, can someone more experienced with gangster banksterism & the printing of funny money answer this simple question? On numerous YouTube videos, we’re told that the Rothschilds are worth around $500 TRILLION. See: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rothschild+500+trillion Q. If this is true that Lord Rothschild owns most of the Central Banks in the world (ie. the private US “Federal” Reserve) AND since his empire is worth around $500T, WHY doesn’t he just give the US gov’t, say, $20 Trillion since the Pentagon is his private military for hire?? I mean, why the fcuk would… Read more »

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  Black Picard
March 27, 2020

Because he’s blinded by greed, is a control freak as well as being a psychopath!

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
March 27, 2020

As usual an interesting analysis from Alexander – I never miss any of the Alexes videos! A few points of disagreement. I don’t think there’s a major change in US policy towards China. The trade war was never amicable and the US rhetoric has merely gone up a few notches – and the Chinese a few more to catch up. On the military side there were regular provocations with US warships deliberately navigating through waters the Chinese claimed – as Alexander later pointed out. China’s naval expansion may not have been a direct result of US aggression, but it has… Read more »

Thraxite
Thraxite
March 28, 2020

For some reason I can’t quite fathom, Alexander believes that the country that conducted nuclear war in WWII, Biological Warfare in North Korea and Chemical Warfare in Vietnam, produced Operation Gladio and planned to down US passenger jet liners during the Cuban Missile Crises, sanctions civilian populations during medical emergencies killing tens of thousands and runs the drug plantations of Afghanistan would not biologically attack China if it thought it was in its’ interests or lie about the origin of a disease if it could gain political advantage, isn’t doing what its’ history seems to ensure it actually still is… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Thraxite
March 28, 2020

I do not think that Alexander really believes in it but if he admits that the CIA sent the biowarfare virus to China the DURAN site will be taken down and the DURAN youtube videos will all be deleted. In order to keep the DURAN intact, he has got to lie.

SteveK9
SteveK9
March 28, 2020

Worse than ‘covering up’ the health crisis was China’s draconian measures to suppress it. Now the dictatorial instinct in countless politician in the World has been encouraged as they seek to ‘top’ what China did.

Anthony Enos Wicher
March 28, 2020

I have listened to Prof. Francis Boyle who says that SARS-CoV-2 is a pathogen deliberately engineered for greater contagiousness. I have also looked at the two research papers he calls “smoking guns” that describe exactly how these viruses were engineered. I think he is right. I don’t see anything nonsensical about the idea that this virus is a bioweapon, and I don’t see anything preposterous about the idea that the release of this bioweapon was timed to cause an economic crash in which a massive bailout of the financial system could be concealed by the worldwide panic about the epidemic.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Anthony Enos Wicher
March 28, 2020

Right!

Anthony Enos Wicher
March 28, 2020

Here are the two research papers that Professor Boyle calls “smoking gun” proof that this virus was genetically engineered in a biolab. https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.3985?fbclid=IwAR2Az9lqyWJAs4I1az7jvsD7uJhHnezyTi4YrbxKGKP3uKGIJKIfFq3syPc

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166354220300528?fbclid=IwAR3i86vTLrj5i2xGwZi-X2_OxoLwrJOpTNK4IP3bAFOrBiTrSqM9blWMqdg

Read them and judge for yourself.

drill
drill
March 28, 2020

Stopped listening when alex and alexander dismissed that the virus was a US bio weapon. What proof do thex have that it was not a weapon launched against china and iran?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  drill
March 29, 2020

Alexander and Alex have told us repeatedly in their videos that they are under immense pressure from the powers that be. If they admit the truth publicly and openly, having a large audience of about 105.000 subscribers, the Duran youtube canal will be closed immediately. So they have to lie, but we – the listeners and readers – are free to comment as we like without being censored and our comments deleted. I find this very good. Most other websites do not allow that at all.

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