At 20 March 2020, Josh Rogin from the Washingtonpost has raised a good point in correcting the name of the currently so call ‘Coronavirus disease’ (COVID-19), to be the ‘CCP Virus’. Background information: this so called COCID19 disease first emerged in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. The disease was soon confirmed as a new kind of coronavirus, and the infection has since spread to many countries around the world and become a pandemic – this pandemic is now regarded as out of control in a world wide scale, and most people think that the cause of this man-made tragic was due to the fact that the Chinese Communist Party decided to hide this ‘bad news’ from the beginning when it was found in Wuhan, China.
In a news conference at 17th March 2020, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticised the Chinese Communist Party for hiding information and spreading false narratives about the coronavirus. Pompeo then accused the Chinese government of withholding information about the virus early on, leading to its spread around the world and the suffering that has resulted. “We know that the first government to be aware of the Wuhan virus was the Chinese government. … And it took an awful long time for the world to become aware of this risk that was sitting there, residing inside of China,” he said. “More information, more transparency are what will save lives.”
In his article, Rogin provided some good reasoning points as to why people should call this disease as a ‘CCP Virus’:
“We must all be specific in blaming the Chinese Communist Party for its actions. It was the CCP that hid the virus outbreak for weeks, silencing doctors, jailing journalists and thwarting science — most notably by shutting down the Shanghai lab that publicly released the first coronavirus genome sequence.”
“This is not just about the coronavirus; it’s a crucial point relative to our whole approach toward China. Our beef is not with the Chinese people; our problem is with the CCP — its internal repression, its external aggression, and its malign influence in free and open societies.”
“This is not political correctness run amok. This is about recognising when an authoritarian regime is using our sensitivity to racism against us. We must avoid making accusations against the Chinese government unless supported by evidence. We must continue to press Beijing for more transparency and truth, which are crucial to stopping the spread. Have we learned nothing from the Russian interference in 2016? We must not aid and abet the CCP’s efforts to stoke internal divisions and spread disinformation. Have we learned nothing from the post-9/11 demonisation of Muslims? Chinese and Chinese Americans need our support during this crisis and bring great strength to our response.”
“Let’s stop saying “Chinese virus” — not because everyone who uses it is racist, but because it needlessly plays into the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to divide us and deflect our attention from their bad actions. Let’s just call it the “CCP virus.” That’s more accurate and offends only those who deserve it.”
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