Disinfo: Coronavirus is a Western tool to attack Chinese economy

Summary

The UK and US benefit from the situation around the coronavirus. They intentionally hype the threat and stir up a panic around the coronavirus, provoking a rise of Sinophobia. The virus must mostly have an artificial, man-made origin, and the way the Western media report about it points at this version. It is no coincidence that it came up at a time of second round of US-China negotiations and Brexit. The UK is becoming a new global actor, the new dawn of the British empire begins.

Given that China proclaimed its own course in contradiction to West’s, soon China may experience much larger economic problems stemming from the coronavirus infection. Chinese postal deliveries may be threatened which will bring colossal losses to China. The World Health Organization may also announce an epidemiological danger coming from China. This will result in further deterioration of China’s international image, panicking at Chinese stock exchange markets, a blow to Chinese currency and possible political escalation.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, one of a dozen of other similar cases about the coronavirus, which is consistent with the narrative that the spread of coronavirus is in the interest of the US, UK, and the West to weaken China economically.

The virus migrated from animals to humans, and while the scientists continue to track its origins there is no evidence to suggest it has been made artificially. The claims implicating the UK and US media in stirring up panic and Western plans to harm Chinese postal deliveries and the country's economy through the World Health Organization are also groundless.

In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS.

See previous pro-Kremlin disinformation cases, alleging that Bill Gates is sponsoring the coronavirus, that cancer, syphilis and Spanish flu are US biological weapons; and that the Rockefeller foundation owns the patent for Zika virus.

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  • Reported in: Issue 184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: China, UK, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Economic difficulties, Media, Conspiracy theory
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Big Pharma profits from coronavirus panic

Who benefits from the panic around the new type of Corona virus? The situation is under control, and there is now cause for worrying. In the early 2000s, around 100 billion USD was spent to “contain the spread” of the SARS-Co virus. In 18 years, around 700 people have died from it – just as many who dies from a usual influenza. In this case, the big pharmaceutical companies could profit largely. Why this panic? The answer is the classical: “who benefits from it?”

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin media occasionally attempt to feed into narratives on the pharmaceutical industry, suggesting evil play behind vaccines, pharmaceutical research facilities etc.

The China coronavirus looks like a US set up

The China coronavirus looks like a set up.

US is practicing dual-use biotechnologies, which can treat, but can also kill. American corporations could benefit from this, they are developing new diseases just for profit.

An example of a US laboratory where deadly diseases are developed is Lugar Laboratory, in Georgia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

US technology is behind the outbreak of the corona virus - it's just business

There is a parallel between the Corona virus outbreak and the other outbreaks of infectious diseases that occur all over the world. The US has laboratories in every corner of the world. Hence – American technology and virus outbreaks – are just business and no one cares about the consequences for ordinary people.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and hinting on the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.