Date:   April 26, 2021

On April 25, documents obtained by The Daily Mail reveal that a nationwide scheme orchestrated by the CCP, directed by a leading state body, was launched in 2012. Both scientists studying bat diseases and leading military officials were engaged to discover new viruses and detect the ‘dark matter’ of biology involved in spreading diseases. 

The documents detail a major project called ‘the discovery of animal-delivered pathogens carried by wild animals’, which set out to find organisms that could infect humans and investigate their evolution. The project was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and led by Xu Jianguo, who boasted at a conference in 2019 that ‘a giant network of infectious disease prevention and control is taking shape’. Xu Jianguo also headed the first expert group investigating COVID-19’s emergence in Wuhan and denied human transmission initially even if solid evidences from hospitals. In Xu’s review of virus-hunting project admitted ‘a large number of new viruses have been discovered, causing great concern in the international virology community’, and added that if pathogens spread to humans and livestock, they could cause new infectious diseases ‘posing a great threat to human health and life safety and may cause major economic losses, even affect social stability’. 

The fact that such a virus-detection project is led by both civilian and military scientists appears to confirm incendiary claims from the United States alleging collaboration between the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and the country’s 2.1 million-strong armed forces. The scheme’s top-five team leaders include Shi Zhengli, the WIV virologist nicknamed ‘Bat Woman’, and Cao Wuchun, an epidemiologist who studied at Cambridge University, a senior army officer and works closely with other military scientists, a government adviser on bioterrorism and director of the Military Biosafety Expert Committee, also listed on project reports as a researcher from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences of the PLA, even sits on the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s advisory board. He was second-in-command of the military team sent into Wuhan city under Major General Chen Wei, the country’s top biodefence expert, to respond to the new virus situation and to develop a vaccine. 

In the first 3 years of the project, one leading Chinese scientist found 143 new viruses alone, then an update in 2018 said that the scientific teams had found 4 new pathogens and 10 new bacteria while ‘more than 1,640 new viruses were discovered using metagenomics technology’, based on extraction of genetic material from extensive samples, and stored at the Wuhan lab, the biggest repository of bat coronaviruses in Asia, including 8+ unidentified SARS viruses that had been collected in the mine, but the WIV took its database of virus samples offline in September 2019, just a few weeks before COVID-19 cases exploded in Wuhan.

The US State Department also raised concerns over the risky ‘gain of function’ experiments designed to manipulate coronaviruses at the Wuhan lab, and suggested that a few researchers fell sick with COVID-like symptoms weeks before the outbreak, and that the illness emerged more widely in Wuhan. Last month, Britain, the US and 12 other countries criticized Beijing for refusing to share key data and samples while the WHO had drawn conclusion about the COVID-19’s origins and had dismissed a lab leak as ‘extremely unlikely’. 

In recent years, China’s military has ramped up its hiring of scientists after President Xi Jinping announced this was a key element in the nation’s march for global supremacy. Many scientists have been working with Western research institutes for years to steal the sensitive and top-of-the-notch know-hows. The CCP has made the biotechnology a big part of the hybrid warfare of the future. 

Editor: RD16   | Reviewer:  Rainbow


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