Pandemic and Flooding: New Avenues for the Chinese Communist Party’s Domestic Suppression and Self-Glorification
(Minghui.org) Facing increasing pressure from the international community to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) responsible for the pandemic and other tragedies, the Chinese regime has stepped up its domestic disinformation.
Zhao Lijan, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry, claimed that the relationship between the CCP and people is like fish and water, and that Chinese people are the strongest defender of the CCP and any attempt to tear the CCP and the people apart would end in vain.
Many netizens dismissed his remarks. “When officials enjoyed privileges, we are nothing but dirt,” one person wrote, “When using us as cannon fodder, you call us strongest defenders—It’s all nonsense!”
“When there is fire, officials are the first to evacuate; when there are bullets, ordinary citizens are the first defense line to die,” another one wrote, “is this what’s called 'fish and water' type close relationship?”
The second comment referred to a 1994 fire in Karamay, Xinjiang Province, in which students were instructed to remain seated for officials to evacuate first. Nearly 300 students died while all 20 plus Karamay officials survived.
Unfortunately, such tragedies continue all the time with the CCP totalitarian regime. In the past few months, for example, Wuhan was turned from the coronavirus epicenter to a self-glorification weapon, tight grip in Xinjiang intensified in the name of fighting coronavirus with real cases unreported, and Anhui Province was flooded to protect other regions, which was trumpeted as another “success” of the CCP's rule.
Wuhan: Catastrophe Depicted as Triumph
According to Radio Free Internationale, thousands of Wuhan residents gathered for a concert on August 15 without any protective measure. This was a drastic shift from months ago, when this city was locked down as the epicenter of the pandemic. Not only that, Wuhan is now depicted as a centerpiece for China’s defeat of the coronavirus.
But the CCP did not stop there. When visiting Norway on August 27, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there are zero infections in China every day and those remarks that the virus originated from China were all lies. What Wang did not mention, according to Chinese expert Hu Ping, is that China's top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan acknowledged in February that the coronavirus started in China and that it was confirmed by medical experts such as Zhang Wenhong from Fudan University.
Li-Meng Yan from Hong Kong School of Public Health said the same after she fled to the United States, describing how information was distorted during the initial coronavirus outbreak. She said the CCP knew about the disease long before it claimed it did.
After hearing about human-to-human transmission from a friend and reporting to her boss about it on December 31, 2019, she was told to keep quiet. Furthermore, her contacts in mainland China stopped discussing it. “Those from the city of Wuhan—which later would become the hub of the outbreak—went silent and others were warned not to ask them about the details,” she recalled.
This pressure was also extended to Hong Kong, where Yan’s supervisor warned her not touch the “red line.” “We will get in trouble and we'll be disappeared,” he added.
Such warnings were warranted, as those who dared to speak up about the disease were punished one by one. Ai Fen, a doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital, was disciplined several times for sharing information about the disease on social media. Liang Wenliang, another doctor in the same hospital, received similar punishment and later died of the disease.
Xinjiang: You Can Die of Any Reason, But Not Coronavirus
If the Karamay fire in 1994 mentioned above showcased the CCP officials bullying ordinary citizens, the pandemic situation makes it even worse.
After one confirmed case was identified in Urumqi on July 15, authorities locked down the entire city two days later, which was further expanded to the entire Xinjiang Province, according to a report by Voice of America (Chinese edition) on August 27. “Here you can die of hunger, dystocia, depression, or even swallowing a glass ball. But you cannot die of coronavirus,” wrote an article on WeChat on August 24. The VOA reported that the WeChat article was quickly deleted.
This campaign greatly violated human rights of residents in Xinjiang. The VOA report also cited several other social media posts that talked about people's ordeals during lockdown. Many netizens patients remained untreated due to the lockdown, and some people were handcuffed for violating the lockdown rule and going out. There were also people who were forced to take pills and sleep at fixed times every day. All these posts were quickly removed.
Cai Xia, a Chinese dissident and retired professor from the CCP Central Party School, said the large scale, 24-hour monitoring system did not even exist in North Korea. And yet, it was implemented by the totalitarian Chinese regime in the name of combating coronavirus.
Anhui Residents: Victims or Heroes?
Since this summer, there have been lots of flooding in China, some naturally occurring while others were man-made.
On July 20, the Wangjiaba Dam in Anhui Province opened its 13 sluice gates to discharge water and protect downstream river. This is the 16th time for the sluice gates to open since the dam was built in 1953 and the last time was in 2007. Once again, this was promoted by the CCP media as an example of communist society’s advantages—Anhui residents voluntarily sacrificed their own interest to benefit other places.
But the facts are nearly the opposite. Although the land of nearly 200,000 people was destroyed, the transfer of people did not start until 12 hours in advance, and minimal compensation was provided for their migration. When this happened in 2007, the direct financial loss was estimated to be 600 million yuan (or $90 million) while the government only provided about 88 million yuan (or $13 million).
Although these victims were reported as heroes to glorify the CCP, local residents have nearly no place to complain.
Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese lawyer and dissident in the U.S., spoke at an event in late August that standing up to tyranny is not easy. However, “The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law to gather a coalition of democracies to stop CCP’s aggression,” he added.