US report claims China hid virus’ severity to hoard supplies

5/05/2020 12:01:00 AM

US officials believe China deliberately covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak – and how contagious the disease is.

US officials believe China deliberately covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak – and how contagious the disease is.

US officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak – and how contagious the disease is – to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show.

Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from the world in early January, according to a four-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report dated May 1 and obtained by The Associated Press.Speaking on television, Mr Pompeo said on Sunday he had no reason to believe that the virus was deliberately spread.Play video Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday the Australian government did not have strong evidence linking the Wuhan lab to the virus.The world needs 'cool heads, not a cold war' with China 03/05/2020 | 4min As China is Australia’s largest trading partner and a close ally, the government should “take a moment of pause before poking the panda” according to Assistant Editor of the West Australian Jenna Clarke.

The revelation comes as the Trump administration has intensified its criticism of China, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying Sunday that that country was responsible for the spread of disease and must be held accountable.The sharper rhetoric coincides with administration critics saying the government’s response to the virus was slow and inadequate."These are not the first times that we've had a world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab.Donald Trump’s political opponents have accused him of lashing out at China in an attempt to deflect criticism at home.China announced a ban on exotic wildlife meat at the peak of the local outbreak in February but it has not eliminated the sale of animals for medicinal use.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Source:AP President Donald Trump’s political opponents have accused him of lashing out at China, a geopolitical foe but critical US trade partner, in an attempt to deflect criticism at home." Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.Not classified but marked “for official use only,” the DHS analysis states that, while downplaying the severity of the coronavirus, China increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies.Ms Clarke said the health crisis has forced Australia to consider “widening our economic basket instead of putting most of our eggs into China”.

It attempted to cover up doing so by “denying there were export restrictions and obfuscating and delaying provision of its trade data,” the analysis states.Loading The Secretary of State appeared to be referring to previous outbreaks of respiratory viruses, like SARS, which started in China.Describing Mr Bannon as the "living fossil of the cold war," the Communist mouthpiece, People's Daily said the Trump administration was engaging in "unprecedented propaganda warfare" while trying to impede global efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.The report also says China held off informing the World Health Organisation that the coronavirus “was a contagion” for much of January so it could order medical supplies from abroad – and that its imports of face masks and surgical gowns and gloves increased sharply.Those conclusions are based on the 95 per cent probability that China’s changes in imports and export behaviour were not within normal range, according to the report.Experts say the virus arose naturally in bats and make it clear that they believe it wasn't human-made.US officials say China deliberately hid the severity of the virus.There was also widespread concern within the government about Victorian Liberal senator Sarah Henderson's comments in News Corp papers on Monday that called for all virus research by foreign scientists in Australian laboratories to stop until a safety and national security review was done.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Source:AP China informed the WHO of the outbreak on Dec.Beijing has repeatedly pushed back on US accusations that the outbreak was China's fault, pointing to many missteps made by American officials in their own fight against the outbreak.

31.It contacted the US Centres for Disease Control on January 3 and publicly identified the pathogen as a novel coronavirus on January 8.CSIRO released a statement confirming it had no current joint research with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and said it undertook all research in accordance with strict biosecurity and legislative requirements, which took security concerns into account.Chinese officials muffled doctors who warned about the virus early on and repeatedly downplayed the threat of the outbreak.However, many of the Chinese government’s missteps appear to have been due to bureaucratic hurdles, tight controls on information and officials hesitant to report bad news.There is no public evidence to suggest it was an intentional plot to buy up the world’s medical supplies.Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletter Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day's crucial developments at a glance, the numbers you need to know and what our readers are saying.

In a tweet on Sunday, the president appeared to blame US intelligence officials for not making clearer sooner just how dangerous a potential coronavirus outbreak could be.Mr Trump has been defensive over whether he failed to act after receiving early warnings from intelligence officials and others about the coronavirus and its potential impact.“Intelligence has just reported to me that I was correct, and that they did NOT bring up the CoronaVirus subject matter until late into January, just prior to my banning China from the US,” Mr Trump wrote without citing specifics.“Also, they only spoke of the Virus in a very non-threatening, or matter of fact, manner.” Mr Trump had previously speculated that China may have unleashed the coronavirus due to some kind of horrible “mistake.

” His intelligence agencies say they are still examining a notion put forward by the president and aides that the pandemic may have resulted from an accident at a Chinese lab.Speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr Pompeo said he had no reason to believe that the virus was deliberately spread.But he added: “Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running substandard laboratories.” “These are not the first times that we’ve had a world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab,” Mr Pompeo said.“And so, while the intelligence community continues to do its work, they should continue to do that, and verify so that we are certain, I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan.

” The secretary of state appeared to be referring to previous outbreaks of respiratory viruses, like SARS, which started in China.Mr Pompeo repeated the same assertion hours later, via a tweet Sunday afternoon.China has a history of infecting the world and they have a history of running substandard laboratories.These are not the first times that we’ve had a world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) On Monday, China’s official Global Times newspaper said Mr Pompeo was making “groundless accusations” against Beijing by suggesting the coronavirus was released from a Chinese laboratory.

The populist tabloid published by the ruling Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily said the claims were a politically-motivated attempt to preserve Donald Trump’s presidency and divert attention from the US administration’s own failures in dealing with the outbreak.“As the US presidential election campaigns are underway, the Trump administration has implemented a strategy designed to divert attention from the incompetence it has displayed in fighting the pandemic,” the paper said in an editorial.The paper has made the US top diplomat a main target of its attacks, in recent weeks describing him as “despicable” and of having “evil intentions” by blaming China for having caused the pandemic.While the virus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, most scientists say it was most likely transmitted from bats to humans via an intermediary animal such as the armadillo-like pangolin.That has placed the focus on a wet market in the city where wildlife was sold for food.

The theories about a possible human release have centred on the Wuhan Institute of Virology which undertook research into the transmission of pathogens from animals to people.Beijing has repeatedly pushed back on US accusations that the outbreak was China’s fault, pointing to many missteps made by American officials in their own fight against the outbreak.China’s public announcement on January 20 that the virus was transmissible from person to person left the US nearly two months to prepare for the pandemic, during which the US government failed to bolster medical supplies and deployed flawed testing kits.trending in world.

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Surprise Surprise..... Really ! The worlds response to China is going to be awesome. This is American we are talking about, who believes anything they say ? And now the Chinese have realised it's no worse than a severe Flu so no longer Testing & recording drivel China got its minions to secretly flog Australia’s medical supplies and ship home by the tonnes in Feb ... such good neighbours. Actions speak louder than words

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China hid coronavirus severity to hoard supplies, says US intelligence report - ABC NewsBeijing 'intentionally concealed the severity' of the coronavirus pandemic from the world in early January, according to the US Department of Homeland Security. Why dont you do your job instead of listening to propaganda, investigate this.. Wow, they're aware they fucked up but damned if they're gonna admit it. Says US Intelligence means it is a lie again.

Australian intelligence knocks back US government's Wuhan lab virus claimAustralian intelligence agencies are struggling to find the evidence trumpeted by the United States that supposedly pins the coronavirus on a Wuhan laboratory. ‘... trumpeted...” Nice one’ but I bet it’s unintentional, nitwits. Good play on words ‘questioned’ . Of course they are investigating the communist land When evidence is manipulated to fit the designated political dogma - you get perverse outcomes.

The world needs 'cool heads, not a cold war' with China | Sky News AustraliaAs China is Australia’s largest trading partner and a close ally, the government should “take a moment of pause before poking the panda” according to Assistant Editor of the West Australian Jenna Clarke.\n\nWestern Australia in 2019 exported $95 billion worth of goods to China, while the country’s resources sector is heavily reliant upon the Chinese market.\n\nHowever, in recent weeks economic and diplomatic tensions between the two nations has reached fever-pitch after Australia called for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, and China’s ambassador responded by threatening a consumer boycott of Australian exports.\n\n“When China sneezes, the world catches a cold”.\n\n“As we mop up this health emergency, we need cool heads not a cold war,” she said.\n\nMs Clarke said the health crisis has forced Australia to consider “widening our economic basket instead of putting most of our eggs into China”.\n\n“We should take a lead out of the mining and resources book in order to pursue new ideas and new markets like India and Indonesia”.\n\nImage: AP jennamclarke China is NOT & NEVER will be Australia's ally. jennamclarke Australia’s sovereignty is far more important than Chinese money. jennamclarke ‘Close ally’?

People surge back onto the streets in China as lockdown easesHundreds of sightseeing spots have also been reopened, including the Forbidden City in Beijing, as authorities sought to revive and repair local economies. People in world are sitting at their home waiting to finish the virus they spread and see, now they are roaming freely. is it good or a bad news? 🇨🇳China the Super Spreaders.

Shift from China supply chain 'inevitable' for Australia | Sky News AustraliaThe government says a shift away from Chinese manufacturing is inevitable as Australia begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.\n\nIndustry Minister Karen Andrews said the COVID-19 crisis has given Australia the chance to boost its manufacturing sector which will increase sovereign capabilities and help the economy recover.\n\nAustralia could soon begin making high tech devices, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and food products as the nation begins to shift away from Chinese supply chains.\n This may be a big boost for India. ChinaLiedAndPeopleDied Awesome

China ‘certainly has biological warfare programs’ | Sky News AustraliaThe Chinese Communist Party is trying to turn the consequences of COVID-19 into a “weaponised strategy for itself” according to Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Peter Jennings.\n\nMr Jennings said although COVID-19 may not have been deliberately released, China “most certainly does have biological warfare programs”.\n\nThrough the spread of the virus, China is trying to “gain advantage against other countries,” while also trying to “distract its population”.\n\nHe told Sky News host Sharri Markson, once Beijing became aware of the existence and the severity of the virus, it was “making calculated steps to work out how it could emerge from this crisis more successful” than other nations.\n\n“There has been lies and duplicity aplenty from the Communist Party”.\n\nImage: AP Notice the coordinated attack against China today and yesterday led by Murdoch media worldwide. Asian Murder Hornets kind of gave the game away. HHepplewhite Read this it's says just what I thought in the first place. We have got to stop these communist countries and there bio chemical weapons. What happened to conversation and debate. And how come Australia gets to know what's happening and no other country ? Good on you Aussies. HHepplewhite CCPlan Phase 1 build up your economy using virtual slave labour, enabling companies to be global competitors Phase 2 Destabilise competitor's economies by any means necessary Phase 3 Take advantage of global economic chaos to achieve global domination in key markets Phase 4....