Coronavirus: Where Did It Come From?

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China’s President Xi Jinping spoke on the phone with Donald Trump on Friday March 27.

President Xi offered China’s support in fighting the virus in the US.

The Chinese are astute diplomats.

At the outset, China was held responsible for “spreading infection” Worldwide.

The contentious issue: will Trump drop the Coronavirus “Made in China” tag?

Earlier in March, Trump was unequivocal: “China has to pay for this… “The world is paying a very big price for what they did”.

But it now appears that the “Made in China” virus rhetoric is on hold. And China’s foreign ministry is no longer insinuating that the “Chinese virus” was “Made in America”… brought to Wuhan during the October 2019 Military Games.

Donald Trump said he’ll stop using the term “Chinese virus”:

 “I don’t regret it, but they accused us of having done it through our soldiers, they said our soldiers did it on purpose, what kind of a thing is that?”

“Look, everyone knows it came out of China, but I decided we shouldn’t make any more of a big deal out of it. I think I made a big deal. I think people understand it. But that all began when they said our soldiers started it. Our soldiers had nothing to do with it.”
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According to President Xi Jinping:
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To which Donald Trump retorted:

Diplomacy Restored? Ask the Chinese. It has to do with the “Transmission” of the Virus

 

Meanwhile, Beijing contends that most of the new COVID-19 cases in China are being brought into the country by foreign visitors including Americans.

Screenshot NYT, March 26, 2020

And then in Late March the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison who’s a close ally and friend of Donald Trump  (unintentionally) drops a bombshell:

“The country which has actually been responsible for a large amount of these (coronavirus cases) has actually been the United States”

 

Scott Morrison and Donald Trump (below)

Screenshot MSN News , March 20, 2020

Concluding Remarks:

Where Did it Come From? That is the Question!”

 


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Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research.  He has taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has acted as a consultant for several international organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the Twenty-first Century (2009) (Editor), Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011), The Globalization of War, America's Long War against Humanity (2015). He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO's war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at [email protected]

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