President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Oct. 2, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Author and China expert Gordon Chang said that the Chinese communist regime, which had not been truthful about the CCP virus during the early outbreaks, should be held accountable for its global spread and the positive diagnosis of President Donald Trump.
During a Monday interview with The Epoch Times, the long-time China watcher said he believes that Beijing had intentionally allowed the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus to spread beyond China’s border in order to damage other economies.
“I believe that Xi Jinping took steps to deliberately spread the coronavirus once he realized that it crippled his own country,” Chang told The Epoch Times’ Jan Jekielek. “I don’t know whether it was cooked in the lab or whether it was naturally occurring. Although I suspect it came from a lab.”
Chang said that Chinese authorities, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, knew the threat of the outbreaks as early as last December but intentionally concealed its severity to the rest of the world, which let other countries’ guards down.
“I believe that China infected Trump,” said Chang. “Now one can say that the American response has not been as quick as it should have been. And there’s going to be a lot of debate over that. But we do know that even once China admitted the contagiousness of the disease after denying it, that it tried to downplay the severity of the situation. And that led countries including the United States, not to take precautions that they otherwise would have.”
Chang noted that top members of White House’s pandemic task force, namely Dr.’s Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, have openly expressed skepticism about statistics from China, which largely shaped the outside world’s response to the threat. In April, Birx said that China’s reported low death rate was “basically unrealistic.” Fauci went even further to accuse the CCP leadership of “propagating misinformation right from the beginning.”
When asked about State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s recent speeches, in which he separated the CCP and the Chinese people, Chang said such diplomatic approach is what Beijing fears the most.
“We got to remember that nothing drives the communist party so insane as a suggestion that countries will talk to the Chinese people and bypass the communist party,” he said. “We need to do everything possible to de-legitimize the party, and speaking to the Chinese people is an important element of that initiative.”
Chang also warned about an ongoing effort to destabilize the U.S. society amid the presidential election. In addition to pro-Beijing political spam networks that “relentlessly attack the president,” Chang said the CCP is also behind the violence that have been seen in U.S. cities over the past months.
“There are these reports that China has been trying to foment violence in the United States this year,” he said. There’s a Radio Free Asia report that says that intelligence unit of the People’s Liberation Army base themselves in the now closed Houston consulate. And there they use big data to identify Americans likely to participate in Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests. And then the PLA sent them videos on how to riot.”
“If the communist party were competent in reading the moods of Americans, we’d really be in trouble,” Chang said.