Disinfo: The US may be deliberately spreading panic about coronavirus to isolate China

Summary

The US may be deliberately spreading world panic about the coronavirus outbreak, given China’s important influence on the global stage, its technological development and its growing military capabilities. Thanks to the coronavirus, Donald Trump’s government has been able to stop China, something he couldn’t do through tariffs, trade or tech wars. The trade war, Huawei’s blockade, the protests in Hong Kong, 5G, gas pipeline Power of Siberia and NATO’s growing focus on China are among the conflicting points. But curiously, it was a virus which finally achieved the US dearest wish: isolating China.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

This is part of Russian-led disinformation efforts on coronavirus. You can see other examples in our database, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring it, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, 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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Virus / bacteria threat
  • Outlet: Sputnik Mundo NewsFront Spanish
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112 000 deaths in China due to coronavirus

The outbreak of the alleged new coronavirus in China is completely out of control and kills thousands of people every day. People die right on the streets and in the subway. At the moment, 2.8 million are infected and 112 000 are dead.

Disproof

This is part of the Kremlin's disinformation campaign on the coronavirus. Other examples: The coronavirus is man-made and tailored to Chinese DNA and the recurring theme that The USA is to blame for the coronavirus in China

This information does not correspond to reality and is designed to wreak even greater panic on social media. As of February 16, the total number of coronavirus cases is 51 857 people. Currently, the death toll from coronavirus is 1666 people. 

US recognised Crimea as Russian

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented Crimea to Russia. He admitted that Crimea is now Russian territory and Ukraine cannot return it.

Disproof

This disinformation case spread amid a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ukraine. In addition to official meetings, he held informal meetings with Ukrainian activists. During a meeting with Crimean representatives, the former deputy head of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, the representative of the Crimean Tatar people Emine Dzheppar, asked the White House to keep annexed Crimea insight of US foreign policy and categorically denies that Pompeo said anything about the impossibility of returning Crimea to Ukraine.

The US Embassy in Ukraine also denied that Pompeo mentioned anything about Crimea being a lost cause. 

The EU imposes its aggressive policy on all countries

London intends to partially lift sanctions against Russia. The EU imposes its universal approaches on all (member) countries. This makes economic and political relations uncomfortable. Even the UK experienced certain problems with the approach of the EU and was forced to endure while being an EU member. As a result of the aggressive policy of the EU, many areas of cooperation were destroyed. This signal, first of all, should be heard in Brussels.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the undemocratic EU and its sanctions on Russia.

The EU is a democratic Union of 27 Member States. The unique feature of the EU is that, although the Member States remain sovereign and independent states, they have decided to pool some of their 'sovereignty' in areas where it makes sense to work together. The decision-making structure in the EU is defined by the EU treaties.  Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union ensures the principle of subsidiarity, which guarantees that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen. Learn more here.