China is at the centre of US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. After his catastrophic trade war, Trump took Sinophobic propaganda to a higher level since the beginning of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Trump regime has accused Beijing of manufacturing the Coronavirus at a laboratory in Wuhan – the city from where the first batch of cases originated – and spreading it all over the world. Trump threatened Beijing of consequences if it’s proven that it deliberately concealed facts regarding the virus. The Trump regime has formed a clique of 123 lackey states like Australia, India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, etc, along with many African semi-colonies and neo-colonies, to isolate China at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) world health assembly. Trump is simply desperate to prove that China is responsible for spreading Coronavirus globally.
Though the US intelligence bodies negated Trump’s views on Coronavirus’s origin and the WHO declared that the virus is a naturally mutated one, to dispel the conspiracy theories around it, Trump and his flunkies like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn’t stop vilifying China. No wonder the Trump regime is using bush telegraphs to drive its Sinophobic campaign to establish its narrative that China is responsible for spreading Coronavirus.
One of Trump’s sycophants and his so-called “COVID-19 Tsar”, Peter Navarro, blamed China of sending planes full of sick people to the US and Europe to “seed” the disease. Without an iota of evidence, the anti-China gadfly demagogue, whose protectionist views made him a controversial figure earlier, now finds more support in the US than ever. A man with questionable credentials, Navarro survives on Sinophobia peddling and mainstreaming anti-China conspiracy theories of the fringe groups. The Trumpet of Sinophobia is blown by the ilk of Navarro and the world is dancing to their tunes.
Trump is trying to conceal his failures in safeguarding American lives by resorting to Sinophobic propaganda. As per the COVID-19 map prepared by the Coronavirus Resource Center of the John Hopkins University, Baltimore, China ranks 13th in the world, with 84,063 cases of infection and 4,638 deaths. The US is at the top of the list with 1,539,152 cases and 92,583 deaths. All other countries that are at the top – barring Russia and Iran – are the closest allies and lackeys of the US. Was this unpredictable? Wasn’t there a prediction that the US will suffer the worst due to the Coronavirus back in March 2020 when Trump wasn’t showing an iota of seriousness in dealing with the problem?
On March 13th 2020, The Hill reported:
“One model from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that between 160 million and 210 million Americans could contract the disease over as long as a year. Based on mortality data and current hospital capacity, the number of deaths under the CDC’s scenarios ranged from 200,000 to as many as 1.7 million.
It found as many as 21 million people might need hospitalization, a daunting figure in a nation with just about 925,000 hospital beds.” (sic)
Now, the CDC’s projection is coming true. Americans are dying not because China is responsible for spreading Coronavirus, but because the US has no public health infrastructure to deal with such catastrophes and private healthcare cannot prevent deaths, especially when the patients are from the lower-income groups or marginalised communities. Why the US, which brags about its superior technology, capitalism’s innovation, etc, can’t save lives when China could stop the first wave by flattening the curve? Why the US, with a plethora of pharmaceutical giants, can’t even develop a vaccine? Why the US can’t even provide enough personal protection equipment, masks, gloves, ventilators, etc, to its frontline healthcare workers? Did it ever miss arming its military with the deadliest weapons? Then why such humiliating failures in the healthcare sector?
Trump won’t like to answer such questions, so he resorts to virulent hyperbole to vilify China. He is shamelessly pressurising the WHO to change its assertion that the Coronavirus wasn’t manufactured in a lab. Trump, who is a pseudo-science believer like any other fascist dictator, has grossly ignored the findings published in the renowned science journal Nature by Kristian G Andersen, Andrew Rambaut, W Ian Lipkin, Edward C Holmes and Robert F Garry that claims that “SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.” The same is the case with the National Institutes of Health, which rejected the claim that Coronavirus is a lab-made virus.
Much to Trump’s dismay, without resorting to brickbats, Chinese President Xi Jinping has welcomed any investigation – fair and transparent – into China’s role in handling Coronavirus outbreak, but only after the world is freed from the pandemic. Xi pledged a $2 billion assistance to those under-developed countries that are fighting the menace. Through a video speech to the world health assembly, Xi also pledged that if China successfully makes the COVID-19 vaccine – of which five candidates are already in human trial stage – then it will make it a common good for mankind.
But why would Trump be happy with such show of courtesy? Why would he let the Americans see his failures? He can only use diabolical rage to distract the American people. That’s the sole thing he’s capable of doing. Irrespective of the scientific findings and facts, for Trump, China is responsible for spreading Coronavirus. Trump even threatened the WHO with fund cuts if it doesn’t toe Washington’s line. Implicating China is Trump’s sole objective to save himself, and countries like India, which remained a mute spectator so far, have joined the bandwagon to shield their master.
Nitin Gadkari, a Union minister and a senior leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said during an interview that the COVID-19 isn’t a natural virus, but an artificial one. One must note that Gadkari – a post-graduate in commerce and a degree-holder in law – is neither a qualified scientist nor holds any such ministerial berth that makes him an authority on science and technology-related matters. This official seeding of Sinophobia over COVID-19 is done to show the US that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government stands firmly behind Washington’s anti-China tirade.
The US has militarily encircled China with the help of a large number of lackeys, including India, since the 1950s, when China started marching ahead on the path of independence under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by Mao Zedong. The hostility didn’t end even in the post-Mao era when the Chinese government gave up its socialist pursuits for a market-friendly economy. The hostility brewed behind the façade of a growing friendship.
After several hiccups in the Sino-US relationships from the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s, the CPC and the Chinese leadership started facing renewed salvo since Trump won power. He revived the anti-China military encirclement plan implemented during the presidencies of Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower through Richard Nixon. The recent rhetoric and actions of Washington prove that the US won’t relent in its pursuit of a military confrontation with China if the occasion permits it. This at a time when Washington suffered an ignominious defeat in Afghanistan after 18 years of war.
Even though the CPC has scrapped its loyalty towards Marxist ideology long time back, the American encirclement of China is still despicable. If Xi and the CPC capitulate to the pressure exerted by Trump, then Washington will turn China into a semi-colony again. It’s now important for China, for its existence, to weaken the US’s global hegemony. This is even imperative to establish peace in Hong Kong, where the CIA is funding unrest.
The Coronavirus pandemic exposed the US’s hollowness and weakened it significantly. To cloak its injuries, the US will keep alleging that China is responsible for spreading Coronavirus. If Beijing can build a strong alliance with other major anti-US powers, like Russia, and strongly retaliate, then it will be able to bring an end to the US’s unilateral global hegemony and weaken it significantly. Though this won’t end the imperialist system itself or make China a bastion of socialism, it will weaken the world’s principal enemy and provide temporary relief to the people from the menaces like war, violence and humanitarian crises that the US is infamous for.