China has been trying to avoid fallout from coronavirus. Now 100 countries are pushing for an investigation

  

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Via:  xdm9mm  •  6 months ago  •  29 comments

By:   Analysis by James Griffiths, CNN

China has been trying to avoid fallout from coronavirus. Now 100 countries are pushing for an investigation
Russia has joined about 100 countries in backing a resolution at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), calling for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic.

China can run, but it sure as hell can't hide.   The WORLD wants answers.


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Hong Kong (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin once called Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, a "lone warrior."

Putin was joking, but that description is starting to look more and more accurate. Russia has joined about 100 countries in backing a resolution at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), calling for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic. The European Union-drafted resolution comes on the back of a push by Australia for an inquiry into China's initial handling of the crisis. Thatwas met with an angry response from Beijing, which accused Canberra of a "highly irresponsible" move that could "disrupt international cooperation in fighting the pandemic and goes against people's shared aspiration." While the resolution to be presented at the annual meeting of World Health Organization (WHO) members, which begins on Monday in Geneva, does not single out China or any other country, it calls for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of "the (WHO)-coordinated international health response to Covid-19." Read More The wording of the resolution is weak compared to Australia's previous calls for a probe into China's role and responsibility in the origin of the pandemic. This may have been necessary to get a majority of WHO member states to sign on -- particularly those, such as Russia, with traditionally strong ties to Beijing. But that doesn't mean China's government should rest easy. The potential for an independent probe, even one not initially tasked with investigating an individual country's response, to turn up damning or embarrassing information is great.Australian government sources told the ABC, the country's public broadcaster, that the resolution's language was sufficiently strong to "ensure that a proper and thorough investigation took place." Beijing has previously said it would only support an investigation held by the WHO, which has been accused of being overly influenced by China -- a charge top WHO officials refute. Speaking last week, China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming said: "We're open, we are transparent, we have nothing to hide, we have nothing to fear. We welcome an international, independent review, but it has to be organized by the WHO." With more countries signing on to the EU resolution as the assembly nears, that may be out of China's hands. There were also indications that Beijing may accept the resolution: Chinese state media reported Monday that Xi would deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the WHA, an unlikely move if Beijing was preparing to push back against a key agenda item.

Evidence of failures?


Any highly critical report could have a potentially disastrous effect on China's global standing, which has already taken a major knock as a result of the coronavirus crisis, with the United States in particular pushing a narrative that Beijing is to blame for the pandemic. China has consistently pushed back against any criticism, pointing to a warning given to the WHO in late December about a potential new strain of pneumonia spreading in the city of Wuhan. While the WHO -- and particularly Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus -- have praised China's response, a probe into the organization's initial handling will shine a spotlight on just what information China knew when, and how much was shared with the WHO. Top officials, including Xi, have admitted to being aware that the infection was spreading even as the Wuhan government was still downplaying its severity and police were detaining whistleblowers. In an interview with CNN on Saturday, Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the Chinese government's senior medical adviser and the public face of the country's fight against Covid-19, said the local authorities "didn't like to tell the truth at that time." He said: "At the very beginning they kept silent, and then I said probably we have (a larger) number of people being infected." Zhong added that he became suspicious when the number of officially reported cases in Wuhan remained at 41 for more than 10 days -- despite infections emerging overseas. "I didn't believe that result, so I (kept) asking and then, you have to give me the real number," he said. "I suppose they are very reluctant to answer my question." The suggestion that knee-jerk censorship or a deliberate coverup by Beijing enabled the virus to spread, first within China and then throughout the world, has been repeatedly and angrily refuted by Chinese officials. But this has nevertheless hurt the country's global standing, with foreign politicians -- particularly in the US but also in parts of Europe and the rest of the world -- referring to the "China virus" or blaming Beijing for the chaos they are now dealing with. China has come in for plenty of international criticism over the years: on human rights, its aggressive posturing in the South China Sea, and issues of trade and intellectual property. But often that dissent has come from Beijing's traditional rivals, such as the US -- many smaller countries have held their tongues, perhaps to ensure economic ties with China are maintained. However, the virus -- and the corresponding global economic slump -- has opened the door to a wave of criticism and pushback not experienced by Beijing for years. 

Taiwan at the WHA?


One example of how China's global standing has suffered as a result is another issue that will be on the docket at Monday's WHA meeting: whether to allow Taiwan to join. The trajectory of Taipei's international reputation during the pandemic has been the reverse of Beijing's. Taiwan has been hailed for its effective response to the virus, and numerous countries have backed the island's government in seeking to rejoin the WHA as an observer, a position it held until 2016, when Beijing forced it out after the traditionally pro-China KMT party lost power in Taiwan. On Friday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman accused those countries who back Taiwan's participation as seeking "selfish political gains even at the expense of hijacking the WHA and undermining global anti-pandemic cooperation." He predicted that the proposal would be "firmly rejected by the vast majority of the international community." Fortunately for Beijing, this confidence did not have to be tested. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Monday that it had agreed to shelve the issue until next year, due to the shortened nature of the current WHA and the pressing issue of the coronavirus pandemic.


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XDm9mm
1  seeder  XDm9mm    6 months ago

The world is NOT//NOT mad with the Chinese people.

The COMMUNIST PARTY of CHINA is another story.  The party members and their dictator head Xi Jinping are those responsible.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  XDm9mm @1    6 months ago

It's difficult to convince some willfully ignorant people who apparently in denial of that reality. They prefer to call the criticism of the Chinese Communist government racism or xenophobia, and blame Trump and the US for the pandemics origin and spread.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.1.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    6 months ago
It's difficult to convince some people of that reality.

We all know how they think.  Trump bad.  Communist dictators good.

If it wasn't so insane and insidious, it would be laughable.

President Trump is the first President that has had the balls to take on and stand up to the Communist Party of China, and his detractors think that's a bad thing.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
1.1.2  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  XDm9mm @1.1.1    6 months ago
and his detractors think that's a bad thing.

but to be fair....   trumps detractors have a solid communist bent in their ideology

so the REAL question is... why would anyone expect they would not support communists?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.1.3  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @1.1.2    6 months ago
so the REAL question is... why would anyone expect they would not support communists?

That's not even a question.   The only question is how quickly they want to "fundamentally transform America" into a communist shit hole.

 
 
 
MAGA
1.1.4  MAGA  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    6 months ago

And since the article came from Hong Kong it’s time to send in the tanks.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  Tessylo    6 months ago

They need to investigate this 'president' for his deadly incompetent bungling of this.  He ignored all warnings.  Disassembled President Obama's pandemic response team.  What a FUBAR situation this 'president' has created.

This comment stands.  Greg and the seeder opened the door to discussion of Trump.  It can't be on topic for some, but off topic for others - Sandy

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Tessylo @2    6 months ago
They need to investigate this 'president' for his deadly incompetent bungling of this.

Bullshit.  Be happy you have this man at the helm instead of the apologizer in chief Obama and his lap dog Biden.  Or per Joe himself, O'Biden and Bama.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
2.1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1    6 months ago
Be happy you have this man at the helm

As of the time of my posting we have 90,263 dead from Corona virus.  How can anyone be happy with him after this fiasco?  Look at many other countries, Germany, South Korea, India, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Canada, New Zealand, and Finland.  All having better results than America.

Now the POS POTUS is claiming that testing is over rated to try and excuse his pitiful response for not doing his job.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.2  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Ozzwald @2.1.1    6 months ago
All having better results than America.

Show me which one of those countries has a similar land mass geography, population and individual states and their associated state Constitutions and then we can have a discussion.

Until you can do that, run along and pester another.

 
 
 
MUVA
2.1.3  MUVA  replied to  Ozzwald @2.1.1    6 months ago

They don’t have a city like NY city with a population of people with  co morbidity’s that live on top of each other. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
2.1.4  Ozzwald  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.2    6 months ago
Show me which one of those countries has a similar land mass geography, population and individual states and their associated state Constitutions and then we can have a discussion.

Meaningless drivel.

They all have people, they all have a central government whose job is to protect those people.

 
 
 
MUVA
2.1.5  MUVA  replied to  Ozzwald @2.1.4    6 months ago

They don’t have the population density a long with people with co morbidity’s it is the perfect storm of public transportation combined with people that have made poor choices from smoking to over eating.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.6  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Ozzwald @2.1.4    6 months ago
Meaningless drivel. They all have people, they all have a central government whose job is to protect those people.

In other words you can't provide what was requested.

Here's something you should have learned in grade school.  We do have a central government but we are a federalist society with 50 STATE governments who have Constitutional rights of their own.  

Come back when you want, or just run along and annoy another.  THANKS!!

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.1.7  Tacos!  replied to  Ozzwald @2.1.1    6 months ago
Look at many other countries, Germany, South Korea, India, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Canada, New Zealand, and Finland.  All having better results than America.

Belgium, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Netherlands, and Ireland all have more deaths per capita. Is that all about their national leaders?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.1.8  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Ozzwald @2.1.1    6 months ago

New Zealand is a island country roughly the size of California with about 1/10 the population with pre-existing strict criteria on immigration and tourism. They also have medical and public health systems that are easily on par  with or better than most other 1st world countries. All the previous noted items make New Zealand better suited to handling tis virus. Therefore, it should not even be mentioned with the other countries.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.9  Tessylo  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1    6 months ago

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The Magic Eight Ball
2.1.10  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Ozzwald @2.1.4    6 months ago
they all have a central government whose job is to protect those people.

well there ya go...

the usa does not have a central government, we have a federal government.

the only things our federal government can do have to be specifically stated in our constitution.

state governments have the most power over our day to day lives, education, and healthcare.

 

 
 
 
MAGA
2.2  MAGA  replied to  Tessylo @2    6 months ago

Post 1.1.2 is totally accurate and right on here...

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  MAGA @2.2    6 months ago

Post 1.1.2 is totally accurate and right on here...

'but to be fair....   trumps detractors have a solid communist bent in their ideology

so the REAL question is... why would anyone expect they would not support communists?'

No, it's WHACK.  

 
 
 
MAGA
2.2.2  MAGA  replied to  Tessylo @2.2.1    6 months ago

No more whack than the stuff Trump detractors say about him and his supporters.  

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.3  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @2    6 months ago
They need to investigate this 'president' for his deadly incompetent bungling of this.

And yet these 100 nations, referenced here, disagree with you, which should show you how little you understand of the situation and how off-base your need to blame Trump is.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @2.3    6 months ago

No, the blame falls squarely on this 'president' for his deadly incompetent bumbling bungling of this.  He ignored all warnings until it was too late.  He should never have disassembled President Obama's pandemic response team.

tRUMP ACCEPTS NO BLAME YET CLAIMS TOTAL AUTHORITY.

Pfft.  

 
 
 
MAGA
2.3.2  MAGA  replied to  Tacos! @2.3    6 months ago

But Trump!  

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.3.3  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Tessylo @2.3.1    6 months ago
tRUMP ACCEPTS NO BLAME YET CLAIMS TOTAL AUTHORITY.

Actually, that's QUITE WRONG.

President Trump has ceded "authority" to the people that should have the "authority", those with more direct knowledge of local situations, the Governors of the 50 states that comprise the union of the United States of America.

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.3.4  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @2.3.1    6 months ago
YET CLAIMS TOTAL AUTHORITY

I find it amazing that you can accuse him of claiming total authority while simultaneously criticizing him for not doing enough to use that authority to stop the virus. So, which is it? He does too much or too little? It's logically impossible for both to be true.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.3.5  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Tacos! @2.3.4    6 months ago
It's logically impossible for both to be true.

It's not impossible in 'some' minds.  Hell, up is down and down is up in Bizzarro World.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3  Vic Eldred    6 months ago

China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming said: "We're open, we are transparent, we have nothing to hide, we have nothing to fear. We welcome an international, independent review, but it has to be organized by the WHO."

How can an independent review be organized by the organization being investigated?  Ahh the CPC! Such logic!  

 
 
 
MAGA
4  MAGA    6 months ago

 

......In offering up a response, the “GOP hawks” essentially dared China to bring it on.

And from Crenshaw, and former Navy SEAL and legitimate war hero:

A follow-up from Hawley:

Smith’s response was similar.

“Beijing cannot hide, lie or threaten enough to silence those of us demanding transparency, human rights, and an end to the Communist Party’s censorship, cyber-hacking, and crimes against humanity,” the New Jersey representative said. “Sanctions will not silence me or anyone who wants real answers about the COVID virus’s transmission.”

So the moral to the story is, China’s intimidation tactics may work well on its own pretend legislators but it doesn’t go over so well with American lawmakers who belong to the Republican Party...

 
 
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