China, Cuba, and the coronavirus: Communist regimes cannot be trusted to be truthful

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics, China, Cuba and the coronavirus

“The class struggle is continuing and it is our task to subordinate all interests to that struggle. Our communist morality is also subordinated to that task.” –  Vladimir Lenin (1920)

The past couple of months should have been a wake up call on the international community’s credulity regarding health data provided by communist regimes, such as China, and Cuba. It is now known that the first case was diagnosed on November 17, 2019 in Hubei, China.

China’s focus from the start has been on its international image, and this includes censoring information that would have been useful to stopping the spread of the pandemic, but also helping coronavirus victims. The Committee to Protect Journalists reported on specific cases.

Li Wenliang, a doctor in Wuhan who was reprimanded for warning colleagues of a new coronavirus earlier this year, used the messaging app WeChat to share his concerns on December 30, 2019, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“Be careful, our group chat can be suspended,” a contact responded, according to screenshots purporting to show the private exchange. CPJ could not independently verify the screenshots, which were widely cited in online discussions and media reports after Li sickened and later died from the COVID-19 disease.

On March 7, 2020 a five-story Xinjia Hotel in China’s Fujian province that had been converted into a “quarantine hotel” collapsed and killed 29 patients. China built what it called “two new coronavirus hospitals” in 12 days and used it as part of a propaganda campaign to promote its regime. Business Insider noted that “Official data [which should also be questioned], however, shows that the utility of the hospitals has yet to match the pace or spectacle of their construction, with the facilities running at less than half their projected 2,600 capacity.

“Now Communist China is trying to spin conspiracy theories to draw attention away from its own culpability in making a bad situation worse, continuing to disappear prominent Chinese voices that have criticized the regime’s response, and with their Cuban and Venezuelan allies they are spinning a yarn of Cuban medicine saving thousands of Chinese lives with a pioneering treatment, but that in fact arose out of research surrounding SARS and MERS years ago patented by private firms. However that doesn’t stop Venezuelan tyrant Nicolas Maduro and the propaganda organ teleSur from repeating the talking points.

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