Two of the CCP’s major state-run media, China Daily and Global Times, published claims by a supposed Swiss biologist insinuating that it is because of pressure from the United States that the coronavirus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, only to have the Swiss embassy in China issue a statement confirming that such a person does not exist and is all a CCP fabrication.
In a further crude attempt to divert international attention from the role and responsibility of the CCP in the pandemic, the Chinese state media published two notes from a Swiss ‘expert’ denouncing U.S. ‘pressure’ to investigate the origin of the virus in China.
According to China Daily, Biologist Wilson Edwards used his Facebook account to say, “’As a biologist, I’ve witnessed in consternation over the past months how the origin-tracing of COVID-19 was politicized.’ He added that the WHO’s new plans are largely politically motivated.”
In its report, the CCP media mouthpiece further charges that the “The U.S. has politicized the COVID-19 pandemic to such an extent that it has given rise to racially motivated attacks against Asians living there,” referring to reports of unprovoked attacks by mainly African Americans against Asians in cities such as New York.
The Global Times, another of the CCP’s English-language media outlets, reported, “’The U.S. is so obsessed with attacking China on the origin-tracing issue that it is reluctant to open its eyes to the data and findings,’ Edwards quoted a WHO source as saying.”
But apparently, the news went viral and reached the ears of the Swiss working at the embassy in China, who took the trouble to refute the existence of the alleged biologist.
“Looking for Wilson Edwards, alleged Swiss biologist, cited in press and social media in China over the last several days. If you exist, we would like to meet you! But it is more likely that this is a fake news, and we call on the Chinese press and netizens to take down the posts,” the official Twitter account of the Swiss embassy wrote on August 10.
Within the post, the Swiss embassy stated:
“In the last several days, a large number of press articles and social media posts citing an alleged Swiss biologist have been published in China. While we appreciate the attention to our country, the Embassy of Switzerland must, unfortunately, inform the Chinese public that this news is false.”
“The Facebook account cited as having published his commentary was only opened on 24 July 2021 and has only posted this one post so far. It only has 3 friends. It is likely that this account was not opened for social networking purposes,” the Swiss statement assures.
The embassy dismisses that the news was spread maliciously but asks the media to withdraw the story and publish a correction.
Both Daily China and Global Times reports were unpublished as a result, but no correction was issued.
In March 2020, when the pandemic had just struck the entire world from a virus whose first victims were reported in Wuhan, China, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman posted a tweet blaming the U.S. military for bringing the virus to China during an international sporting event in that city.
As the Trump administration hardened its stance with the Chinese regime and held it responsible for the pandemic, the CCP state media began to implant the idea that the virus originated in the U.S. military’s laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
The ‘evidence’ presented by CCP is that in 2019 there were some cases of lung disease in some military personnel there. Still, these were caused by the use of e-cigarettes containing harmful substances subsequently banned.
A repeating pattern of propaganda
In January 2019, after former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang province constituted genocide, thousands of articles in Chinese state media began attacking Pompeo by debunking his allegations.
On top of that, thousands of YouTube accounts began uploading videos of Uighurs ‘happy life’ in Xinjiang, cursing Pompeo for ‘spreading anti-China lies.’
The videos, shared hundreds of times among fake accounts to get more views and interaction, show Uighurs ‘happy families,’ nearly perfectly repeating the same script.
Many Chinese officials post the videos on their Twitter or Facebook accounts, social media that are banned in China for fear of being used as political tools—a complete irony.