You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Corona virus was the deadliest thing to hit the world since Spanish Flu. It was announced on February 12th that the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has been cancelled due to the supposed epidemic, from which was nobody of European ancestry has died [MWC 2020 Canceled Due To Corona Virus Concerns, RTT News, February 12, 2020]. The World Health Organization has gone so far as to brand Corona “Public Enemy Number One” [WHO brands corona virus ‘public enemy number one’, Voice of the People, February 12, 2020]. This being so, you’d think that the Chinese doctors who discovered and drew attention to this apparently deadly disease would be in line for the Chinese equivalent of the Congressional Medal.
But they’re not. In fact, when Wuhan medic Dr Li Wenliang tried to raise the raise the alarm about the virus he was arrested and severely reprimanded by the police. Tragically, Dr Li has since died of Corona himself. Revelations of what happened have unleashed public fury even in the surveillance dictatorship that is modern China. Beijing has sent officials to Wuhan to find scapegoats in order assuage public anger. But even prominent Chinese academics are publically criticizing government censorship, due to the Corona scandal. The China Human Rights Lawyers Group have demanded, in an open letter, a lifting of censorship and that the day of Dr Li’s death — February 6th — be declared “The People’s Day of Truth.” Prominent Chinese academics have signed this letter [The fallout from the death of a Chinese doctor is turning into a major challenge for Xi Jinping, By James Griffiths, CNN, February 13, 2020].
One might assume that China is a paranoid dictatorship obsessed with control and frightened that any lack of control could result in a challenge to the regime. Dr Li’s behavior highlighted government incompetence — a serious disease outbreak of which they were not aware — so he had to be dealt with. But, of course, there’s another possibility, increasingly discussed online, that would more neatly explain the regime’s overreaction to this conscientious doctor: that the regime manufactured Corona in the first place.
There has been all kinds of speculation over this possibility, with even a Wikipedia page having been created about “Misinformation” regarding Corona, and how each conspiracy theory has been successfully refuted. The problem is that the conspiracy theorists implicitly mentioned by Wikipedia speculate wildly, without providing hard evidence. But it appears that there is evidence for one of the more outlandish theories: that Corona was created as a bioweapon.
It was announced on January 28th that two Chinese nationals, both of them scientists researching HIV, had been charged with serious offences, one of them for stealing 21 vials of biomaterial from Harvard’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and trying to smuggle it out of the US, into China, in a sock. Both were charged that they were acting as agents of a foreign government — the People’s Republic of China — and aiding that foreign government. One of this duo, the sock smuggler Zaosong Zheng, had been arrested in December, but the other, Yanqing Ye, had already managed to flee back to China. Ye, who was allowed to return to China after being interviewed at Boston Airport in December, falsely told officials that she was not working for China’s National University of Defense Technology. She would, obviously, never have been allowed access to such sensitive chemical research if she had told the truth; the truth being that she does research for the Chinese military.
Further charged was Dr Charles Lieber, the head of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department. It is alleged that Dr Lieber, despite working on a grant which specifically rules out having foreign interests, had, since 2011, been working as a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), in the city where the Corona virus began. According to our government, Lieber was running a “talent program” that “seek(s) to lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.” It is alleged that, in 2018, Lieber lied to investigators about his involvement in this program [Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases, Department of Justice, January 28th 2020].
So, we have the head of department working clandestinely for a university in Wuhan — one only a few miles from the epicentre of the outbreak, by the way — as part of program which aims to steal for the Chinese government. And we have two Chinese students, under this head’s ultimate supervision, stealing biochemical material and/or secretly working for the Chinese military. But the plot thickens further. A group of Indian scientists have sequenced the virus (in its animal form) and come to the conclusion that it was deliberately engineered [Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag, By Prashan Pradhan et al., bioRxiv, 2020].
Now, let’s be a little cautious. This is a pre-publication study and it has not, therefore, been subject to review by other scientists. But assuming it is a competent piece of research, then, taken with the other evidence, it does not look good for the Chinese authorities.
For the conspiratorially-minded, which is a reasonable default state of mind when dealing with a secretive and highly organized dictatorship, it might seem like something is awry. It might seem like the Chinese government has a program of biological warfare and, somehow, one of the weapons it has been working on has escaped, from Wuhan University of Technology, leading to the Corona virus that is causing so much panic. Or from the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (located 300 yards from the fish market where the infections supposedly began). Or from the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory.
It might seem like the Chinese authorities realised what had happened and wanted to suppress it, leading them to arrest the dutiful doctor who raised concerns about the outbreak.
It might even seem like the paranoid, tyrannical Chinese government have manufactured a virus for specific use against their own people, as a means of quelling any future rebellion against the regime’s authority.
It might even seem like the fact that the Chinese government are possibly capable of this might foment distrust, beyond China, in the governing elites more generally. This might explain why the British tabloid The Express has reported the “conspiracy theory” in its special “Weird Section,” as if to make light of it and why the leftists of Wikipedia, whose aim to prop up the current anti-White political dispensation, felt the need to create a page on “Misinformation” surrounding Corona.
The Express article quotes various twitter “Conspiracy Theorists” but does not discuss any of the hard evidence for the supposedly wacky theory. And it’s all okay because the article tells us:
Dr David Jacobs, the co-founder of the Coalition of Ontario Doctors in Canada, tweeted: ‘Please stop with the conspiracy theories!’ Furthermore, ‘We’re also battling the trolls and conspiracy theories’ tweeted Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General. ‘The #coronavirus was NOT made in a lab. It is NOT a biological weapon’ [Coronavirus theories: Is coronavirus an experiment gone wrong? Is it a Chinese bioweapon? By Sebastian Kettley, Express, February 12, 2020].
So, it’s all okay then. It’s not as if, as has been noted by communication analyst Francisco Yus, the use of capitalization is associated with expressing strong emotion [Cyberpragmatics: Internet-mediated communication in context, By Francisco Yus, 2011, p.234]. And it’s not as if we would expect people to not feel strong emotions in response to a theory that was ludicrous and which they knew must be without a shred of truth. It’s not as if conflicted feelings over what you want to be true and what you know might be true creates “cognitive dissonance” and, thus, an emotional reaction.
The bioweapon theory, at the very least, deserves to be taken seriously, until it is successfully refuted.