Disinfo: Coronavirus may be the latest step in NATO’s containment strategy against China

Summary

It may be not coincidental that the coronavirus pandemic exploded in China right after the US tried every measure to end with the Chinese: a tariff war, blocking Huawei from 5G platforms, promulgating a so-called “law on Human Rights and Democracy” in support of demonstrators who were calling for Hong Kong’s independence, and pressing NATO to declare China as a threat. NATO is preparing to expand itself towards the Pacific to surround China, following the Containment Theory.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support it. Though debates on the convenience of expanding NATO to Pacific and Asian countries are a reality, there is no proof that any concrete step has been already taken in this direction, contrary to the claims.

Suggestions that the Covid-19 outbreak may be some kind of tool in the US strategic competition with China are part of Russia’s disinformation campaign on coronavirus, mixed with a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Western efforts to encircle both Russia and China. This campaign has been well documented by both media and governments, and some of its elements were widely reported by Russian and international publications and by the European External Action Service.

EUvsDisinfo database has a long set of Kremlin-linked disinformation cases on this subject, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the Wuhan coronavirus, that it is a UKUS or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it is a pretext to gain control of the world’s population, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that “Some in the US want to prevent China from explaining its efforts to deliver aid against Covid-19”.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO

Disclaimer

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American and Georgian specialists who are working on the creation and modification of various pathogens of dangerous diseases in the Lugar Lab are trying to collect biological samples of COVID-19 from South Ossetian citizens. Due to the inability to implement this plan in the territory of South Ossetia, it is possible that the biological samples will be collected from potential violators of the state border. As these manipulations are carried out under the control of the State Security Service of Georgia and US Defense Intelligence Agency, there are real preconditions for the deliberate infection of South Ossetian citizens.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the coronavirus pandemic and the Tbilisi-based Lugar Lab.

This is not the first time that the Lugar Lab and Georgia have been accused of spreading diseases on its occupied territories. See a similar disinformation case here.

Belarusian independent media are part of Soros-planned genocide in the post-Soviet space

Fake news about coronavirus deaths by the Belarusian independent media are aimed at sowing panic among the population. The Belarusian opposition is interested in genocide of the Belarusian people. A fake news revolution is the beginning of genocide according to Soros’s plans to destroy the population of the post-Soviet area.

The authorities of Belarus should stop the fake news revolution as soon as possible. They should block all independent media websites (e.g., Nasha Niva, Salidarnasc, Belarusian Partisan, Euroradio, Radio Liberty), Telegram channels, and Youtube. This way the fake news revolution may be contained before it develops into the bloody revolutionary Maidan.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory aimed at discrediting the Belarusian opposition, independent media and bloggers, consistent with recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives about Soros and "secret elites" controlling the global development and Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, that coronavirus originated in a laboratory sponsored by George Soros, that the pro-Western Belarusian opposition is preparing genocide, and that the Belarusian opposition plans genocide with coronavirus-infected, Soros funded, test tubes, given by Mike Pompeo.

German military colonel and CIA responsible for the American proxy war in Ukraine

The civil war in Ukraine began with a German military colonel. The German Colonel Schneider was supposed to control the striking power of the Kyiv troops shortly before the Ukrainian civil war. The secret mission almost ended in disaster.

What did the German military inspectors have to hide in East Ukraine? Except that their real objective in eastern Ukraine was to prepare for a proxy war. What a coincidence. Shortly before that, CIA chief Brennan had visited Kyiv incognito. After his secret visit, the provisional Ukrainian post-coup government moved tank columns eastwards. There are many indications that the Obama administration has asked the Germans for support at the front line. A request that could not be refused. The military inspectors got caught in the big chessboard policy.

Disproof

Recurring multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine, attempting to portray it as a civil war or an American proxy war, prepared by the CIA. This new claim tries to connect a military OSCE-observer mission in 2014 with the outbreak of the war in the Donbas. There is no civil war in eastern Ukraine, nor is there any connection between a military OSCE Observation Mission in 2014 and the outbreak of war in eastern Ukraine. The claim disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Donbas. The war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but an act of aggression by the Russian armed forces that began in February 2014.

Additionally, there was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.