The Forbidden COVID-19 Chronicles
How China Convinced The World to Lock Down - Part I
Pamela A. Popper, President
Wellness Forum Health
I’m asked regularly why government officials in almost all countries in the world decided to lockdown their citizens at almost the same time in response to COVID-19, and why so many state officials in the U.S. inflicted the same punishing restrictions on their citizens, also almost all at the same time. While anything is possible, it’s difficult to believe that all of these decisions were made independently and without input from a group of people or an organization.
In my new book COVID Operation: What Happened, Why it Happened and What’s Next? We put forth several possible causes of this unified action. One is that in 2005, The International Health Regulations (IHR) were agreed to by 196 countries including World Health Organization Member States. The purpose was "working together for global health security." The IHR provided an "overarching legal framework that defines countries’ rights and obligations in handling health events and emergencies that have the potential to cross borders." The Regulations also outlined the criteria to determine whether an event constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern." 
So, one explanation could be that once the WHO declared COVID-10 a pandemic, government officials were reminded that their countries had signed an agreement to participate in a unified response and they then followed through, although there were some notorious dissenters such as Sweden and Japan. Based on the disastrous consequences we’ve observed during the last several months this is somewhat frightening. It indicates that under certain circumstances it is fairly easy to convince government officials to take actions that are overtly injurious to citizens because "Everyone else is doing it" or because "Someone committed my country to do these things 15 years ago."
But evidence shows that there were other influences, which are even more concerning. In COVID Operation we also cover China’s role in the COVID debacle. The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China, and there is ongoing debate about whether the release of the virus was deliberate or accidental. But the Chinese Communist Party CCP) had many reasons to cause a disruption in the world.
The U.S. government has been particularly tough on China in recent years and has instituted measures to level the playing field with a 25% tariff on steel imports from China to the U.S., and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports. In 2018, the trade deficit with China was $419.5 billion, which meant that the Chinese were exporting more to the U.S. than the amount of goods and services the U.S. was exporting to China. The deficit dropped to $345.6 billion by 2019, because of tariffs and other factors. The U.S. was clear that this was not the end, but only the beginning of these types of actions, and the regime publicly expressed its outrage.
Another issue was the CCP’s abysmal human rights record, which is a problem with all communist regimes. Most recently, treatment of the Uighurs, a Muslim minority population in China, has been the subject of significant criticism from the world community. The atrocities inflicted on this population include forced sterilization and abortions; home raids looking for copies of the Quran; and inspections in which children are counted followed by the imposition of unaffordable fines for having too many.
Uighurs who do not pay the fines are taken to "re-education camps," which are in effect modern-day concentration camps.
Although the CCP has relaxed its rules regarding having one child for the general Chinese population, the one child rule is still being enforced for the Uighurs, a thinly disguised program of eugenics and population control. The CCP has also destroyed hundreds of mosques in the region. The CCP’s goal is to destroy the Uighurs’ identity and heritage, partly because they are a religious people, and religion is not compatible with communism.
Perhaps the most horrifying reports concerning the CCP’s treatment of the Uighurs were those alleging that the CCP was using them for organ harvesting, an allegation that has been made for decades. There have even been claims that healthy Uighurs were used for this purpose. Hamid Sabi, a lawyer for the China Tribunal has stated that he has proof that this was going on.
These reports, combined with the fact that there were an estimated one million Uighurs and other Muslims in detention centers, made it increasingly more difficult for the world to ignore the situation. In the U.S., legislation was passed condemning the CCP and the surveillance and detention of this minority population. Other countries followed suit.
Yet another issue concerning the CCP was its policies concerning Hong Kong, a long-time British colony that was returned to Chinese governance in 1997. The transfer was made under the premise that China would adhere to a "one country, two government systems" approach to Hong Kong. In other words, while technically a part of China, Hong Kong would remain a free area. This was the case for a long time, however the CCP, in conjunction with some local politicians, started working to gradually convert the island to communist status.
Citizens who were accustomed to freedom, and very aware and frightened of what life was like under the regime on the mainland, rebelled. Massive protests broke out, most significantly in 2019. This was unacceptable to the CCP and they cracked down, sent in security forces and police, and used violence to stop the protestors.
The CCP needed a distraction from the allegations of human rights violations and the increasing tensions in Hong Kong, and perhaps the answer was found with COVID-19. It was a marvelous way to sow chaos not only against its enemy, the U.S., but in the rest of the world as well. While the United States economy crashed, the Chinese economy surged ahead. President Xi just might have been thinking "mission accomplished."
But there is increasing evidence that there’s even more - that Chinese officials deliberately misled the world about the severity of COVID-19 and partnered with the World Health Organization to encourage governments worldwide to lockdown their citizens in order to wreak even more havoc.
Margaret Chan, former Director General of the WHO, appointed Peng Liyuan as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Ms. Peng is described on the WHO’s website as a "famous Chinese soprano and actress," "head of the Chinese Song and Dance Ensemble in the General Political Department of the People's Liberation Army and ranked first class in the civil service with the military rank of major general."
The WHO site also states that "Ms. Peng is a strong advocate of health and the control of tuberculosis and HIV. In China she became the Minister of Health Ambassador for HIV/AIDS Prevention in January 2006 and the National Ambassador for TB Control and Prevention in March 2007." Current WHO Director-General Tedros renewed her two-year term in 2019.
What the site does not report, is that Peng is the wife of China’s President Xi Jinping. The site also does not list some of her major accomplishments as a member of the Chinese military. She joined the People’s Liberation Army in 1980. She became famous as a star of China’s state-run television network, singing songs that praised the Communist Party and celebrated her country’s rise as a world power. In uniform, she sang for Chinese soldiers as they slaughtered pro-democracy protestors in Tiananmen Square.
On Jan 3, 2020, Chinese officials reported a total of 44 sick patients to the WHO. Of those 44, 11 were reported to be severely ill and the rest in stable condition. On January 11, 2020 China reported the first death.
President Xi has stated publicly that he authorized the lockdown of Wuhan and eventually Hubei province on January 23 2020, when there were only 44 cases and 1 death. Only seven days later, on January 30, Tedros praised China for "setting a new standard" for responding to disease outbreaks. This is an interesting comment since this "new standard" could not possibly have produced any results in only one week, and according to the WHO there were only 581 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the entire world on January 23.
On February 24, a WHO report continued to praise China, stating that "China’s uncompromising use of non-pharmaceutical measures to contain transmission of the COVID-19 virus in multiple settings provides vital lessons for the global response."
It did not take long for media outlets and government officials in other countries to start talking about the merits of lockdowns. This is interesting since the WHO did not even declare COVID-19 a pandemic until March 11.
So with 44 patients and one death, China locked down tens of millions of people. Within a few days and with no data, the WHO reported to the world that this was an effective strategy. One month later the WHO declared that this action had stopped the transmission of disease and implied that the rest of the world should start considering a similar response. And before WHO declared a pandemic the media, including The New York Times, started praising the Chinese response and promoting the idea that lockdowns were the only valid way to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Next week: Part II
Pamela A, Popper is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health; and the founder and Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health. Pam has been featured in many widely distributed documentaries, including Processed People, Making a Killing, Food choices, and Diet Fiction, and appeared in the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives, which played in major theaters throughout North America in 2011. She is one of the co-authors of the companion book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for 66 weeks. She is the author of Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Can Save Your Life.
Shane D. Prier received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Idaho in 1999. While at the university, he was involved with research projects which were eventually published in a prestigious scientific journal.
Shane transitioned to a career in the financial industry and became a Wealth Manager and Private Client Advisor in 2003. During his 16-year career, he managed over $100,000,000 in assets for his clients.