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AP: Internal memos reveal Chinese leaders delayed warning public of coronavirus pandemic

AP: Internal memos reveal Chinese leaders delayed warning public of coronavirus pandemic

New information also indicates coronavirus may originated in Wuhan virology lab.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J3vrJNGxQA

An internal memo has now been revealed showing that Chinese officials warned the nation’s leadership about the likely pandemic of a SARS-like virus on January 14, 2020, the Associated Press reports.

President Xi JingPing and the other leading members of the Chinese Communist Party delayed an official annoucement warning the public until Janaury 20.

In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people; millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations.

President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day, Jan. 20. But by that time, more than 3,000 people had been infected during almost a week of public silence, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press and expert estimates based on retrospective infection data.

…The documents show that the head of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei, laid out a grim assessment of the situation on Jan. 14 in a confidential teleconference with provincial health officials. A memo states that the teleconference was held to convey instructions on the coronavirus from President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, but does not specify what those instructions were.

“The epidemic situation is still severe and complex, the most severe challenge since SARS in 2003, and is likely to develop into a major public health event,” the memo cites Ma as saying.

The National Health Commission is the top medical agency in the country. In a faxed statement, the Commission said it had organized the teleconference because of the case reported in Thailand and the possibility of the virus spreading during New Year travel.

Based on the information that is now coming out about China’s response, the former head of Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence asserts that China concealed crucial information about the novel coronavirus outbreak from the rest of the world.

John Sawers, the chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, from 2009 to 2014, said it would be better to hold China responsible rather than the WHO.

“There is deep anger in America at what they see as having been inflicted on us all by China and China is evading a good deal of responsibility for the origin of the virus, for failing to deal with it initially,” Sawers told the BBC.

“Intelligence is about acquiring information which has been concealed from you by other states and other actors, there was a brief period in December and January when the Chinese were indeed concealing this from the West.”

In addition to more details about the outbreak’s timeline, new details about the coronavirus are also emerging. A Fox News exclusive report indicates that multiple sources indicate the pathogen is not a bioweapon, but the product of Chinese attempts to outdo American scientists.

COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States, multiple sources who have been briefed on the details of early actions by China’s government and seen relevant materials tell Fox News.

This may be the “costliest government coverup of all time,” one of the sources said.

The sources believe the initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, and that “patient zero” worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.

No matter the origin of the virus, China’s delays and obfuscations has resulted in substantially more death and economic destruction than would have occurred if its leaders had been upfront, proactive, and sought outside help. Between the delay in warning the public, then allowing its infected population to continue with global holiday plans has many asking if the virus was transformed into a bioweapon by Chinese officials’ decisions.

Those pondering whether President Xi Jinping intentionally chose to “sicken the world” to prevent other countries getting ahead of China include Ben Lowsen, who is a specialist in Chinese political and security affairs working as a China advisor for the U.S. Air Force’s Checkmate office.

Clearly, downplaying the disease wasn’t working and it was time for the Party to get serious. But how serious? Would it provide full cooperation to the international community? Would being seen as the source of this virus hurt its international image? Beyond these, there was a darker dimension: the more Beijing cooperated, the less the disease stood to affect other countries. This includes countries China sees as a threat to its existence, like the United States. Why should China suffer the effects of a pandemic while others stayed safe — and increased their strength relative to China — based on China’s own costly experience?

Lowson recounts China’s subsequent action that Legal Insurrection has also spotlighted (e.g., threatening to withhold medications, selling defective goods, attempting to bully foreign publications and organizations into offering positive coverage). His conclusion is troubling, especially as it comes from someone who knows the nation well.

None of this can prove whether or when Xi made a deliberate decision to withhold information in order to imperil others. However, as a long-time student and admirer of China, it is with great sadness I must concede that such a state — and its increasingly paranoid leader — might very well provide less than full cooperation to stem the pandemic of the century in the crass pursuit of its own interests. This may constitute biological warfare.

If Xi did make this choice, he chose poorly.

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Comments

I suspect most of this is true.
Unfortunately, not much we can do in the short term, or will do in the long term.

Contraire – Steve McIntyre over at climate audit . org has been running a lot of commentary on the chinese/disclosures by the chinese.

The general gist of his commentary is that based on the information known in real time, the chinese were providing significant amounts of info as it became known. The screw ups was in the CDC and WHO which ignored the information provided by the chinese.

The Chinese did provide the information regarding the genome sequence, transmission info, etc very rapidly & timely.

The monday morning blame game is really the CDC’s and western health organizations trying to cover up their screw ups.

While the chinese did provide timely information on the virus necessary for western governments to take action, the chinese were very secret about the extent of the outbreak. That is a separate issue which is being used by the media and the CDC’s to cast China as the bad guy (I am not disputing that problem). But that is a problem separate and apart for the china’s timely and rapid release of the pertinent scientific and medical information about the virus.

Keep in mind that those are two separate issues – dont use the second issue to blame china for what they did properly.

    Joe-dallas in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Steve Mcintyre indicated that the chinese released the genome sequence on Jan 10, which would be considered extremely fast (record setting time). The chinese told WHO and the CDC that human to human transmission was likely in early january to which Fauci indicated that it was unlikely.

    Joe-dallas in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Lastly – I am not defending china nor am I implying that China wasnt deceitfully on the extent of the outbreak.
    Just – a more complete picture is warranted.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 10:40 am

    sorry – I went to that site you suggested and found nothing on COVID. I would like to verify your analysis, but getting nothing.

      Joe-dallas in reply to Morning Sunshine. | April 16, 2020 at 10:50 am

      “sorry – I went to that site you suggested and found nothing on COVID. I would like to verify your analysis, but getting nothing.”

      One of the problems with the site and twitter is that the twitter thread only contains the last 5-6 twitter comments, so if the topic has shifted, then you wont see the running covid commentary. Steve Mc has focused on 3 topics 1) syria, 2) covid & 3) mueller report. Those three will be the predominant topics.

      Unfortunately you have to check back to the site 2-3 times a day, and you will see more on the subject.

        Morning Sunshine in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 11:49 am

        so you are saying, he is doing this in his twitter thread? Yeah, I am with Lucifer (uh, did I really just write that? Cuz generally, like NEVER, do I side with Lucifer on anything… but uh, yeah) that I will be ignoring your thoughts for now. Give us his timeline AND his sources and then I will discuss. 🙂

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Morning Sunshine. | April 16, 2020 at 10:54 am

      I also went to the site in question. Put several terms in the search box thingy (coronavirus, wuhan, pandemic etc.) thinking it would pull up any relevant blog posts. Found nothing. So I will be discounting Joe-Dallas’s analysis blaming the CDC and western health organizations for the pandemic until he posts actual links to the information.

        lucifer see my comment above regarding Steven Mcintyre twitter feed posted on CA.

          Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 11:37 am

          Sorry, won’t be chasing down tweets from the apologists for the ChiCom government and their cover-up that’s caused an uncounted amount of misery and suffering in this world. The simple fact of the matter is that China lied and people died. And are still dying. No excuses, please.
          China lied and people died.

    Joe-dallas in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 10:54 am

    The down votes stem from a missreading of my statements

    1) The chinese should rightfully be condenmed for what the did not disclose such as the extent of the infection among their population.

    2) On the other hand they should be applauded for the information that was timely released which was the pertinent medical and scientific information. In spite of their secrecy above, this is the more important information.

      alaskabob in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 11:04 am

      The old adage: If you are being run out of town make it look like you are leading a parade.

      The initial suppression of findings and destroying of samples and data is damning. Furthermore, as the CCP restricted travel within China, it continued to let air travel from Wuhan to foreign countries continue.

      They are “forthcoming” now but not when it counted. Also, they have billed Italy the full price for supplies Italy GAVE to them plus look at all the shoddy supplies they have given.

      Some parade.

      txvet2 in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      All that I’ve read contradicts your claims. The Chinese internally banned travel while allowing international travel to continue, meaning they DID NOT release timely information about the virus. They also claimed early on that it was not transmissible between humans. That was a lie. It doesn’t matter whether they did it to cover up the seriousness of the problem or as a deliberate attempt to crash the economies of the rest of the world – the result is the same.

        Aggie in reply to txvet2. | April 16, 2020 at 8:05 pm

        Yes, this. I’ve read the same thing a couple of times, that after becoming aware of a pending epidemic, China allowed international travel from Wuhan having first banned internal travel. Speaks volumes, if true. Also, many brave individual Chinese may have risked all – literally – to get the news and information / warnings out, many of them medical professionals, some of them just shooting videos of people collapsing, police manhandling citizens, etc. All expunged now – videos and people alike. China deserves no credit for the efforts of the brave few though, quite the contrary – they deserve to lose all of their face for what the CCP has done.

    Barry in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    You are FOS

    Is that location Dallas, China?

    mailman in reply to Joe-dallas. | April 16, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I absolutely love Steve McIntyre BUT, and Ive raised this directly with him, he needs to show any data/information coming out of China the same level of scepticism he reserves for anything Mann Made Global Warming ™ related.

    He has a propensity for just accepting information out of China at face value.

    “The Chinese” that provided that were promptly jailed and their lab shut down by the Chinese government.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052966/chinese-laboratory-first-shared-coronavirus-genome-world-ordered

COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States

This is Communist China we are talking about.
Don’t be naive. This is the Communist state running an operation to compete against the US. Think Cold War. There is zero chance of this being a civilian operation, independent of the Chinese military. This is a bio-weapon.

Truthfully, I think this was an accident, and once it blew out of control the Chicoms, decided not to waste a good crisis.
Let’s see which of our friends decide to go with Xi’s 5G network or not……because at the end of the day, if you think that China is your friend, you’ll be saying thanks by grabbing your ankles and saying “ah ah ah”.

    Barry in reply to persecutor. | April 16, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    “Truthfully, I think this was an accident…”

    Why? What about the release and cover up strikes you as “accident”?

      RedEchos in reply to Barry. | April 18, 2020 at 2:43 am

      I think the release was an accident. You don’t nuke your *own* economy, which is what happened.

      Of course, bio-nuking yourself is better than having the HK protests infect the Mainland if you’re a member of the CCP. That is a MUCH more deadly virus to the ChiComs than any bat virus ever conceived…

Trump should send Christopher Steele on one last secret mission to figure out what is going on in China, create new dossier, and use dossier to get fisa warrants/ investigate the bite me-s as well as Pelosi Schumer Clintons n times wapo cnn the bro’s fredo etc. then send fbi out to try and catch such illustrious lying. With end result of Lt Frank Drebin mueller senile as bite me called back in action to really figure stuff out.

Intentional release or not, China is responsible. #NoSharedResponsibility

multiple sources indicate the pathogen is not a bioweapon

Maybe. There is evidence of more than one strain of Wuhan virus, one more aggressive than the other. They could be original or evolved. That said, the social contagion spread faster than the pathogen.

    Barry in reply to n.n. | April 16, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    “A Fox News exclusive report indicates that multiple sources indicate the pathogen is not a bioweapon, but the product of Chinese attempts to outdo American scientists.”

    Well now, if Fox news says so we can all believe that. Spit.

    My guess is all the “multiple sources” are tied to the Chinese.

      txvet2 in reply to Barry. | April 16, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      The point being that whether through intent or just an unwillingness to take responsibility, they caused the virus to be disseminated throughout the world. The result is the same and it’s based on enhancing China’s perceived standing in the world.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Barry. | April 16, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Devil’s Spit on Fox News.

The Dems will calll this evidence “partisan talking points” — and say it’s still been proven to be Trump’s fault.

Don’t feed the troll

I frankly do not see much difference between Red China and WHO–since the two are co-conspirators. I praise Trump for cutting funding of WHO–but I wish he would go all the way to kiling the United Nations monstrosity.

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