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From perfectly-natural Chinese bat-soup to American bio-engineered depopulation bombs, the origins of COVID-19 (Kung Flu, the Chinese Virus, CCPandemic, or whatever name is no politically-correct) remain a riddle, wrapped in a propagandized mystery, inside an increasingly opaque enigma of facts and fallacies.
However, one thing seems clear, as The Epoch Times specifically noted, the rumors aren’t by accident and are a one-way street from Chinese officials mouths to western media’s ears: The CCP has been actively engaging in a disinformation campaign, and media outlets around the world have parroted the propaganda. As a result, entire nations have been operating under false information as they try to battle the pandemic within their borders.
Many countries have accepted China’s narrative and “they’re getting duped,” Joshua Philipp said.
And just in case you were in any doubt about China’s efforts to hide the truth – whatever that truth may be – none other than the western establishment’s most righteous mouthpiece, The Guardian, is reporting that mass deletions of online research related to the origins of the coronavirus suggest China’s efforts to control the narrative are escalating wildly:
From the beginning, the CCP has not been forthcoming:
“We don’t know what’s there, but the fact that the Communist Party is covering this up should trouble us deeply,” China affairs columnist Gordon Chang said.
Additionally, Prof Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute in London, said the Chinese government had had a heavy focus on how the evolution and management of the virus is perceived since the early days of the outbreak.
It goes deeper, however, as a separate document obtained by the Guardian, which could not be independently verified, appears to be from the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and also said publication of research into the origins of Covid-19 would need approval from the science and technology ministry.
Another notice, which appears to have been published on 9 April by the school of information science and technology at Fudan University in Shanghai, called for “strict and serious” management of papers investigating the source of the outbreak.
A source who alerted the Guardian to cached versions of the websites, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they were concerned by what appeared to be an attempt by Chinese authorities to intervene in the independence of the scientific process. The person said researchers submitting academic papers on other medical topics did not have to vet their work with government ministries before seeking publication.
A technical analysis of the cached websites indicated that the posts were published on verified university websites before they were removed.
As The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief Lily Kuo tweeted: “Where the coronavirus originated is becoming more and more political…”
Where the coronavirus originated is becoming more and more political. At least three universities in China are requiring all research on the source of the virus be vetted by higher ups who decide whether the research is 'suitable for publication.' https://t.co/XKKWUDiUo5
— Lily Kuo (@lilkuo) April 11, 2020
Finally, this escalation is notable in the context of comments from now outspoken China critic Kyle Bass, who tweeted:
And, to be brutally frank, if China is now anxiously deleting (or banning before issuance) any research on the origins of the deadly pandemic, it appears to be pretty clear what those origins are likely to have been… no matter how many people get permanently banned from social media for mentioning such a blasphemy.
Kevin Carrico, a senior research fellow of Chinese studies at Monash University Australia, said:
Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 APR 11 | Time-stamped: 22:45 | Author: Tyler Durden | Article Title: China Begins Mass Deletion Of Online Research On Coronavirus Origins | Article Link: zerohedge.com
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