Disinfo: China’s successful handling of the coronavirus stems from its understanding of human rights, unlike the US and Europe


Despite the coronavirus outbreak beginning in China, Beijing has brought it rapidly under control – the number of domestically transmitted cases was reduced to virtually zero by the end of March. In the US and Western Europe, on the contrary, the number of cases is rising vertiginously with no peak in sight. This disastrous US and Western European failure will be more severe than the international financial crisis and will have profound geopolitical consequences.

The most fundamental issue was that China started from a real understanding of human rights as they affect the real lives of people – not the artificial constructs of Western, purely formal ‘human rights.’ In a lethal epidemic, the key human right is to stay alive.

But what was the response of the so called ‘human rights’ organizations in the West to this? Total and criminal condemnation of China’s successful strategy!


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that has emerged during the coronavirus crisis: that democracies and open societies are collapsing and unable to effectively manage the pandemic, while closed, "traditionalist" societies have coped much better. This message builds on the longstanding pro-Kremlin theme of the West's alleged moral decay. See similar cases that liberalism has facilitated the spread of the coronavirus, and that the coronavirus "war" is finally forcing Western ultraliberals to finally care for vulnerable people.

Authoritarian regimes, which tend to control and manipulate information and to limit the freedom of doctors and scientists to engage in international cooperation, are often an obstacle to the timely detection and containment of epidemic outbreaks. This is exemplified by China’s deliberate cover-up of the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. The regime suppressed information about the virus and allowed it to spread unchecked in the crucial early days and weeks. The Chinese government censored and detained those doctors and whistleblowers who attempted to sound the alarm and warn their fellow citizens about the coronavirus threat.

Due to this track record, concerns persist that the Chinese government is continuing to downplay statistics in order to claim victory against the disease and present itself as a public health superpower. Chinese news media and local residents have also raised questions about the COVID-19 death toll in Wuhan, while both the British government and US intelligence have cautioned that China has vastly underreported its coronavirus infections.

In a notable rebuke of China's human rights record, the keynote essay for HRW's 2020 World Report - written by executive director Kenneth Roth - states that "China’s government sees human rights as an existential threat" and poses a serious danger to international human rights. Amnesty International also takes a grim view of China's human rights situation, noting "huge setbacks".

See additional disinformation cases on the coronavirus here and on the West's moral collapse here.


  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: EU, China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Western values, Human rights, European values, The West, Europe
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Coronavirus catastrophic situation ends 500 years of European global domination

Europe has become the largest problem of the world due to the inability of the Europeans for a timely assessment of the Coronavirus danger, which has changed the continent into a global centre of this infection. The history of the Coronavirus puts an end to the 500 years of global domination of Europe – the “Sick Man of the World” cannot be an example for others by default. The situation with the Coronavirus also put an end to the “soft power” of Europe – in the eyes of the entire world, Europe has turned into the symbol of defeat, catastrophe, stupidity, irresponsibility and sloppiness.


This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic – it promotes a narrative of the imminent collapse of the EU due to the problems caused by the Coronavirus epidemic. The message about the alleged collapse of Europe due to the Coronavirus epidemic is a conspiracy theory and an element of the anti-European propaganda of the Kremlin.

To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.

Western market economies leave the old and the uninsured without medical assistance during the epidemic

Some Western tools in the fight with the Coronavirus remind the theory of natural selection. How can they treat older people in such a way? In the case of Iran, no one has heard about old people being left without medical assistance. The attitude towards the old is one of the indicators of civilization. Also, would someone without an insurance be cured in the USA – no. We are not ready for the coronavirus epidemic because we have destroyed a social state. The virus has shown that the market economy is naked.


This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic – it promotes a narrative of failing Western efforts in the fight with the epidemic.

The message that the Western states limit the access of the older and uninsured population to medical care in conditions of the Coronavirus epidemics is a conspiracy theory. The main focus of the medical and social services of Western states is to assist the older population as it is the main risk group for this disease.

In conditions of an epidemic, the EU continues to promote the concept of the “Russian enemy”

The Russian aid to Italy was perceived in quite a strange way by some European media – French President Emmanuel Macron had also shown concerns about it. This situation shows that the EU continues to keep the concept of the Russian enemy alive. A similar concept of the “Chinese enemy” appeared in the USA as there were attempts to call the Coronavirus a “Chinese virus”. It is pure racism – unfortunately, there will be no quick reconciliation.


This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic and the alleged Russophobic policies of the European Union. It promotes the idea that in the situation of the Coronavirus pandemic, the West should forget about all existing political disagreements with Russia.

Evidence is emerging that there are significant shortcomings with the aid sent by Russia, with one report estimating that up to 80% of this aid is ineffective. The Russian aid delivered to Italy is mainly composed of various equipment for disinfecting the streets. This type of equipment is not urgently required in Italy and has been described as a Russian “geopolitical and diplomatic charm offensive”.