Disinfo: China is victim of propaganda as it saved its economy and the lives of its citizens

Summary

China is a communist country, that is why it is a victim of propaganda in the West on the Uyghurs’ issue and its alleged imperialism.

But reality is different, thanks to communism, China saved its economy. It is the only industrial country to have a positive growth in 2020 (+ 1.8% according to the previsions of the OECD). At the same time, it coped very well with the health crisis and didn’t let its elderly die from coronavirus.

The West did the exact opposite, not only did it let the old people die but it also suffers an unprecedented recession.

But instead of realising that communism is the only solution, Western countries increase the anti-Chinese propaganda that only an abominable regime is capable of such a performance.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative alleging that authoritarian regimes are better at coping with coronavirus pandemic, than democracies.

It is too early to assess the impact on the economy or health of both the health and economic crises as they are still ongoing. In any case, comparisons of the health system should be made with comparable populations, who have experienced similar infections and have a similar immunity. The John Hopkins coronavirus resource centre offers a world synthesis of cases around the world. Of course, statistics are reported very differently from country to country making the comparison questionable but if China was compared with other Asian Countries, the number of cases per country are as follows according to statistics from early October 2020:

  • 90 830 - China
  • 89 674 - Japan
  • 57 880 -  Singapore
  • 24 805 - South Korea
  • 16 220 - Malaysia
  • 529 - Taiwan

The communist economic system is not necessarily the explanation for good sanitary crisis management. Experience in fighting infectious diseases offers a more convincing explanation. Moreover, in the early stages of the epidemics the repression against medical whistleblowers in China increased the risks of a pandemic.

On the economic side, Chinese superiority is not proved either even for RT's economists: public spending is not always well used, the environmental consequences are high as is the cost for individual freedoms.

It is probably to early to tell, but the fact that the other succesfull countries in fighting Covid mentioned above, seems to indicate that economic consequences of Covid are a function of the success in repressing the epidemic: countries that have managed to protect their population’s health in the pandemic have generally also protected their economy too.

Read also: Coronavirus is a Western tool to attack Chinese economy , Coronavirus may be a part of the US hybrid war against China , When coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, Washington was celebrating with champagne.

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  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health, economy, Capitalists, Economic difficulties

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