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Wuhan Institute of Virology’s role in pandemic is first step to hold China accountable


In fifty-six days, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will celebrate 100 years of its existence. In its day, the party held a political monopoly over the lives of 1.6 billion people and pushed China into a world power that today rivals the influence of the United States in terms of money and military. . The CCP for its part has spread its wings all over the world through front organizations such as the United Front Labor Department and has succeeded in penetrating the countries of interest through power and power.

While Supreme Leader Xi Jinping will extol the virtues of the CCP during the centenary celebrations and project himself as a natural successor to the founding father of the Mao Zedong Party, China as a country today is at a crossroads. The US president instructed his national intelligence services to submit a report within 90 days indicating whether the origin of the SARS-Cov-2 virus was zoonotic (transfer of animals to humans) or from a laboratory accident to Wuhan Institute of Virology. We are told that the US president will make the intelligence assessment public unless extraordinary circumstances prevent him from doing so. The global scientific community has made tedious arguments to support both hypotheses, but there is enough circumstantial evidence to suggest that the origins of the global pandemic lie in Wuhan with all of its secrets destroyed or buried deep within the institute of virology. After the global pandemic has already choked 3.5 million lives, infected 1.6 billion people and destroyed much higher economic livelihoods, it would be very naive to assume that China will allow access to the Wuhan laboratory. or provide samples of Patient Zero. Perhaps what will happen will be the opposite, as the Chinese become more aggressive in their attitude towards their enemies and more demanding of their client states. Given the evidence indicating the involvement of certain elements of the American scientific community in promoting research at WIV, the truth about the origin of the Wuhan virus will never be found because it will be too troublesome for the G-2.

Therefore, the role of WHO under Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in knowingly or unintentionally delaying the announcement of a global pandemic will also go down in history with a big question mark. Supported by the Africa group, Mr. Ghebreyesus will perhaps be elected again DG of WHO next May and Beijing will prepare for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games. But all of this will come at a price for China because the country is definitely seen as a sort of Darth Vader by the democratic world due to its aggression towards its adversaries be it trade wars with Australia, or its combative approach in the South China Sea. and Taiwan with the United States, the Senkaku Islands with Japan or LAC with India. Everyone knows that talking about the Indo-Pacific and globally resilient supply chains is an understatement to go unnoticed.

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The rise of the QUAD to counter the Chinese challenge has enabled the Indo-Pacific to now find an echo in Europe, which had handed over the keys of its diplomacy to large commercial companies with China. The EU’s freeze on the comprehensive investment deal with China reflects unease in Europe over the trade in large sums of money by Germany under Angela Merkel and to some extent France.

Given the efforts of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to unilaterally change the status quo along the 1,597 km long LAC of Ladakh in May 2020, India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not back down until the China will not restore the April 2020 status quo ante on the LAC. . As India waits for China’s dates for the next round of WMCC and the 12th round of military talks on the Gogra-Hot Springs disengagement, it may not happen anytime soon – otherwise the PLA won’t. will have nothing to show in the centenary celebrations of its 2020 aggression. The rapid upgrading of military infrastructure in the hinterland of Tibet and Xinjiang is part of an effort to make the Chinese fortress impregnable.

If the US-led international community does not blame China for the virus, the PLA’s next target will be Taiwan, after which the PLA’s nuclear submarines will be free to patrol the Indo-Pacific. and virtually impose tolls on international ships crossing the South. China Sea. The question here is what will trigger a retreat of the democratic world? Virus, Taiwan or Indo-Pacific?

The first signs of refoulement to China will depend on the outcome of the summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for June 16 in Geneva. If the two former Cold War rivals agree to place China under strategic arms control, then at least the daily threats from the CCP’s propaganda machine over the use of ballistic missiles like DF-21 and 26 on adversaries will cease. The normalization of relations between the United States and Russia will also pave the way for China’s accountability for the spread of the virus in an unsuspecting world.

While the QUAD summit is also expected this fall, the consortium must move from being a security talk shop to creating an alternative global supply chain that does not depend on a single country. For India, this is not only an opportunity, but also a challenge. Whether the global matrix is ​​a triangle, a quadrilateral or a pentagon, it will be at the center of it.