04:51 01.09.2020

China's 40 million deaths cover-up exposed amid coronavirus controversy

Source: Express
China's 40 million deaths cover-up exposed amid coronavirus controversy

Trust in the Chinese government – led by president Xi Jinping – has deteriorated since the coronavirus pandemic came to the world's attention in December last year.

Before the world was first alerted to the incoming crisis, whistleblower – Li Wenliang, a doctor in Wuhan – was punished for warning other doctors of a new SARS-like disease in a WhatsApp chat.

After catching the coronavirus, Li died in early February and caused Chinese internet to overflow with anti-government messages despite the country's strict censorship.

Even after this, expert on Chinese politics Steve Tsang told Express.co.uk that figures coming out of China didn't seem trustworthy.

In April, for example, Wuhan's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic was revised, adding 1,290 fatalities to the city’s toll, taking the confirmed count to 3,869 from a previously reported 2,579.

But Professor Tsang said in May that the "revised figure for Wuhan is too good to be true because the increase was exactly 50 percent”.

The death toll in China currently stands at 4,634.

Just last month, another Chinese professor – Cai Xia – accused Beijing of deceit, saying the Chinese government "has not even said a real death number”.

Professor Tsang tells Express.co.uk that Xi Jinping is following in the footsteps of China's infamous dictator – Mao Zedong.

He said: "The precedent for this is a traumatic and tragic one, and came during the so-called 'great leap forward' between 1959-1962.

"We calculated that in China there were at least 40 million excess deaths after three years of famine caused by government policy.

"They locked down the countryside so that starving people could not move around, and they therefore starved to death.

“Those figures were never acknowledged in official statistics."

Estimates of the deaths vary from anywhere between 18 million - 45 million.

After the current Chinese government came under fire for a lack of transparency in the early stages of the pandemic, Professor Tsang said secrecy has always been the default response for the Communist Party in Beijing.

He added: "So I think the early stages of the lack of transparency isn't the result of any particular conspiracy or ill-intention to move – the party doesn't do transparency as a normal course of action.

"The party is first and foremost interested in keeping the party in power – and under Xi Jinping – to make sure Xi Jinping is always seen to be right and never seen to have made a mistake.

"So if something goes wrong, it is not in the nature of the party to acknowledge it to begin with."

It comes as Zhao Lei, from Wuhan, has announced she is suing the Chinese government and wants a public apology after the death of her father.

Ms Zhao, 39, told Sky News: "I think the government covered up some facts.

"Because of this, Wuhan people carried on living like before, they celebrated Chinese New Year normally, without taking any protection. It meant my father got infected and died."

Ms Zhao’s father contracted COVID-19 at the end of January.

Recent Posts

See All
Cyberattacks on Japan coronavirus vaccine projects point to China
14:41 19.10.2020
Cyberattacks on Japan coronavirus vaccine projects point to China
This article highlights how numerous research institutions in Japan, currently working to develop a vaccine for Coronavirus, have been hit by cyberattacks believed to be sent from a Chinese hacker group. The attacks have been happening since April this year, fortunately with no reported information leaks as of yet. Japan’s National Centre of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity continues to urge the country’s research organisations to stay alert and be ready for more incoming attacks aiming to steal confidential information. The article crucially points out that state-led espionage is increasing as governments race to develop effective Coronavirus vaccines.
Source: The Japan Times
When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers
13:58 12.10.2020
When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers
This article highlights the evidence behind Trump’s recent criticism of China’s contribution to the global environmental crisis. The piece notes that steel production, coal production and coal consumption have increased in China since 2017 with this looking set to continue as the government aims to re-generate the economy following the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite President Xi Jinping’s recent pledge that China will be carbon neutral by 2060, this article suggests there is no indication that any central measures brought in by the government have sufficiently reduced the country’s pollution levels and emission rates. According to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, from June this year the country had greater coal-fuelled capacity planned than the entire current capacity of the USA and India respectively.
Source: The New York Times
Coronavirus: air pollution imporived during China’s lockdowns – and it may have reduced hospital visits
18:15 09.10.2020
Coronavirus: air pollution imporived during China’s lockdowns – and it may have reduced hospital visits
It is a fact – the lockdown in China has resulted in a reduction in air pollution and this in turn has kept many thousands of Chinese people out of hospital with other illnesses. The one ‘benefit’ to the pandemic is it gives scientists the chance to look at what happens to the environment and human health when travel and industry grind to a halt and air pollution is reduced. In China, the health burden is steep where air pollution has caused an estimated 1.24m deaths in 2017. Given such high levels, the lockdown would have been substantial and likely to have a beneficial effect on respiratory health.
Source: SCMP