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March 3, 2021 (Population Research Institute) – The Biden administration just sent $200 million to the World Health Organization, reversing the May 2020 decision of the Trump administration to cut ties with the failed organization for its “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”
Biden’s Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, justified the cash bailout as a way of “ensuring that WHO has the support it needs to lead the response to the pandemic, even as we work to reform it in the future.”
In my view, giving money to WHO for the pandemic is like giving more gasoline to the arsonist who set the fire in the first place.
Has anything happened over the past 10 months to justify rejoining and resuming funding to the WHO? Has the organization apologized for what Trump correctly called its “repeated missteps” in dealing with the China Virus? Has it acknowledged that it was dead wrong in opposing travel bans on flights from China, or in blithely repeating Beijing’s false claim that the Wuhan epidemic was under control? Has it in any way criticized the Communist regime for its mishandling of the epidemic?
The answer to all these questions is an emphatic no. If anything, the WHO has burrowed deeper into bed with Beijing in recent months in an attempt to hide the origin and spread of the China Virus.
Much has been written about WHO’s highly publicized visit to Wuhan last month, but did you know that a WHO team had secretly met with Chinese officials last summer? According to a since-leaked internal document, the 10-member team found Chinese officials unhelpful and unwilling to investigate the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus.
WHO’s team reported at the time, “Following extensive discussions with and presentations from Chinese counterparts, it appears that little had been done in terms of epidemiological investigations around Wuhan since January 2020. The data presented orally gave few more details than what was presented at the emergency committee meetings in January 2020. No PowerPoint presentations were made and no documents were shared.”
The critical tone of this internal document was not, however, reflected in WHO’s public statements. These have invariably described the Chinese government as cooperative and actively engaged in ongoing investigations in China.
The Communist-run People’s Republic of China is guilty of systematic human rights' abuses which are totally and utterly inconsistent with the spirit of the Olympic Games.
And yet, the 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in Beijjing, starting in only one year's time.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which calls on the International Olympic Committee to take emergency action and relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics away from China for widespread human rights' abuses incompatible with the ethos of the Olympic Games.
Think about the ongoing genocide of the Uighur people who inhabit the North-west corner of China; think of the recent crackdown and arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong; think of the detention of members of Falun Gong; and, think of the persecution of Christians in China.
This is sickening.
China should be held to account for its manifest human rights' abuses, not lauded on the world stage. The Chinese Communist Party should be shamed, not celebrated.
Right now, the delay of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which were scheduled to begin last summer, provides the perfect opportunity for the IOC to press pause on the Beijing Games, and take emergency action to relocate them away from China.
Not only that, but it could be very strongly argued that sending athletes from around the world to the "breeding ground of Covid-19" and then back home again, makes absolutely no sense from the perspective of protecting public health.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which calls on the IOC to cancel the 2022 Winter Games in China and relocate them to another country which upholds and defends human rights.
Here are just some of the human rights' abuses which China is guilty of:
GENOCIDE. In a report released on January, 19th of this year, the U.S. State Department found that, at least since 2017, the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of "genocide" against the Uighur population, living in Xinjiang Province. An abbreviated list of lesser crimes committed by the state against this largely-Muslim ethnic group includes:
- Torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained
- Forced labor
- The imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.
CRACKDOWN ON HONG KONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. China's newly-implemented National Security Law (NSL) is being used to enforce a draconian clampdown and arrest of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, who have bravely resisted the Communist Party's efforts to squash the right to vote and the right to run for political office.
PERSECUTION. China has mercilessly persecuted practioners of Falun Gong and Christians of every denomination. Over the last few years, incidents of persecution include:
- Christian churches have been destroyed by authorities.
- Two million Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Falun Gong followers have been held in detention.
- Christian teachings have been reinterpreted according to socialist doctrine.
- Churches in Hunan province were forced to remove displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes of President Xi Jinping.
These appalling human rights' abuses don't even include the extensive history of forced abortion and sterilization which the Chinese Communists are known to have committed in their ruthless enforcement of their "one-child policy," which only ended in 2015.
Of course, the world's premier amateur athletes should not be punished for the sins of the hosting nation, but neither should they lend their credibility and talent to support a nation which is guilty of so many systematic human rights' abuses.
That's why the IOC has an obligation to act and pull the Olympics out of China; otherwise, the IOC, itself, faces losing all credibility with sports fans around the world.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which urges the IOC to take emergency action and relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. Not only will the IOC avoid the disgrace of supporting a human rights abuser, it will also help to ensure that yet a new wave of Covid doesn't emanate from China.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'One of Trump’s last moves: US declares China’s actions against Uyghurs ‘genocide’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/one-of-trumps-last-moves-us-declares-chinas-actions-against-uyghurs-genocide
'Hong Kong authorities arrest dozens of prominent pro-democracy activists' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hong-kong-authorities-arrest-dozens-of-prominent-pro-democracy-activists
'It’s time for the Pope to recognize the carnage among Uighurs, Catholics in China' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/its-time-for-the-pope-to-recognize-the-carnage-among-uighurs-catholics-in-china
Neither of these claims is true.
The lack of cooperation has continued to the present day. When WHO delegation was finally allowed to visit Wuhan in January, Chinese officials quarantined its members for two whole weeks. During their remaining 10 days in country, they were carefully chaperoned. Not only were they allowed only one short visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, they were also denied access to its research records or interviews with its researchers or staff. The Chinese side presented some “analyses” to the WHO investigators that claimed the coronavirus had originated in nature, but refused to hand over the valuable raw data and samples that could be used to verify this.
Some members of the delegation complained about this, stating that without access to the raw data there was simply no way to judge the accuracy of the Chinese claims, but WHO as a whole pronounced itself satisfied.
This has prompted a number of well-known scientists to issue strong criticisms of the WHO investigation, one calling it nothing more than a “charade” to cover up Chinese responsibility for the China Virus. I second this opinion, having long believed that China manufactured the China Virus in its Wuhan lab.
China is covering up its complicity by withholding the raw data that could be used to trace it back to the lab, and preventing outside investigators from interviewing the researchers responsible.
Instead, it claims that the disease actually arose in the United States or Europe and that it was brought to Wuhan in shipments of frozen food.
This bizarre theory — for which there is zero real-world evidence — actually found its way into the WHO report. Some might call this incompetence, but I rather think it shows complicity in China’s cover-up.
If you want evidence that the WHO was taking its pandemic marching orders from Beijing, look no further than the cold shoulder it gave to Taiwan. The island nation sent multiple warnings to the WHO about the plague brewing on the mainland, and early on closed its borders to traffic from Wuhan, and yet it was ignored.
“In December, the WHO refused to act on or publicize Taiwan’s warning that the new respiratory infection emerging in China could pass from human to human,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, later wrote. “In mid January, despite accumulating evidence of patients contracting what we now know as COVID-19 from other people, the organization repeated the (Chinese Communist Party’s) lie that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. In January, the WHO, at Beijing’s behest, also blocked Taiwan from participating in critical meetings to coordinate responses to the coronavirus and even reportedly provided wrong information about the virus’s spread in Taiwan.”
The Biden administration admits that it has “deep concerns” about the World Health Organization’s investigation into the pandemic, particularly Beijing’s interference with the investigation into its origins, but it has nevertheless turned the funding spigot back on again.
The hapless bureaucrats, who ignored early warnings from Taiwan, helped China cover up the severity of the pandemic, and just carried out a pretend investigation into the origins of the pandemic that was stage-managed by the Chinese Communist Party, will now have $200 million more to play with.
In this and so many other areas, the Biden administration is returning to the failed policies of the past.
Is anyone surprised?
Steven W. Mosher is the president of the Population Research Institute and the author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order.