“The local officials in China kept the devastation caused by the coronavirus in its earliest days away from the broader Chinese government for weeks, slowing the nation’s ability to respond to the virus before it began to spread”, claimed by US intelligence officials.
“City officials in Wuhan and Hubei Province, where the virus first emerged, attempted to hide the information from the central Chinese government,” concluded by the intelligence report.
US officials claims that the local officials withholding information from the central government is not uncommon, they said that local officials fear reprisal from Beijing for situations that might be viewed as failures. The findings lend credence to reports from news organizations at the time and to assessments by experts on the Chinese government’s methods of operation.
Trump has claimed, that China attempted to cover up the early spread of the virus, has demanded reprisal for doing so.
Trump has recently pulled the US out of the WHO after issuing an ultimatum to the organization demanding it hold China accountable for pandemic. The new report does not invalidate Trump’s claims, it does suggest the situation is more complex than a simple Beijing-led cover-up.
China was attacked by the Trump administration over the virus since the pandemic took route in the US.
China was accused by Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, for sending healthcare equipment to struggling countries as an attempt at saving face, accusing them of a Communist cover-up of that virus. He also held up a G8 summit when he demanded the gathered delegates refer to the coronavirus as the Wuhan Virus. The delegates refused to do so.
The Trump administration claimed in April that China was conducting low-yield nuclear weapons tests underground, and US negotiators demanded that China be included in any future arms control treaties during a meeting with Russian negotiators in Vienna over the summer.
Mr. Trump attacks against China are not restricted to the virus.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, wrote in a blog post that, “China is endeavoring to wrench global hegemony from the United States, the resurgence of the virus in the US threatens to forestall our economic recovery. As political tensions heat up between the world’s two largest economies, the balance of power that will result is still unclear, but becoming of increasingly greater concern by the day.” He also warned that the US economy has lost its way while China has seen success.
As the economic situation in the US inflamed by the coronavirus continues to worsen, some experts fear China may be positioning itself to be the world’s dominant economic superpower.