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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, UK, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Media, Economic difficulties
  • Outlet: Novosti Shiolkovogo Puti @ Sputnik Belarus time 01:59 - 02:13, 07:20 - 08:15, 08:28 - 09:01, 13:30 - 14:35, 14:50 - 15:05
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Disproof

Conspiracy theory advancing a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about provocations and West encircling Russia. 

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in the Baltic States.

For example, see a previous disinformation case alleging that Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania.

US is a dictator that issues orders and needs a second Ukraine in Georgia

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Disproof

The claim contains multiple recurring pro-Kremlin narratives on the US, Georgia and Ukraine.

The first narrative is that the US dictates and interferes in the internal politics of other countries. See similar cases claiming that the US and the EU govern Georgia, that strong Georgia is not in the interest of the West, and that the EU and US interfered in the domestic affairs of Ukraine.