This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers from the Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019 with “symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.” That report followed hard on a series of investigative pieces from journalists such as Nicholas Wade and Donald McNeil, formerly of The New York Times, who revived the media-dismissed theory that the institute had generated COVID-19 in a laboratory and then accidentally allowed it to leak. “The argument that it could have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology or a sister lab in Wuhan has become considerably stronger,” McNeil wrote. “And China’s lack of candor is disturbing.”
It now seems highly credible that COVID-19 originated inside a Chinese state laboratory — and that China knew about it as early as November. In mid-January, the World Health Organization reported, based on Chinese information, that “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus.” China censured its own Dr. Li Wenliang for attempting to spread the news of COVID-19’s danger. It took until the end of January for China to lock down Wuhan.
We’ll never know the answers to those questions, because the same WHO that covered for China in the early days of the pandemic is responsible for investigating Chinese malfeasance today. And President Biden’s administration seems happy to keep it that way. Asked about whether America would lead an independent investigation into COVID-19’s Chinese origins, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated, “We have repeatedly called for the WHO to support an expert-driven evaluation of the pandemic’s origins that is free from interference and politicization.”
Meanwhile, this week, actor John Cena apologized to the Chinese government. Cena, who stars in the upcoming “F9,” was being interviewed by a Taiwanese television station and committed the grave offense of stating that “Taiwan is the first country that can watch” the movie. China, of course, sees Taiwan as an outlying territory of China and denies Taiwanese sovereignty. So, Cena, whose film has already grossed over $100 million in China, quickly issued an apology in Mandarin, saying: “I made a mistake. Now I have to say one thing which is very, very, very important: I love and respect China and the Chinese people.”
The common thread here is a Western unwillingness to face down China’s authoritarian regime. For some on the left, challenging China means standing up for Western values like democracy and human rights — and this, in turn, raises questions about America’s own commitment to those principles. For some in corporate America, capitalism hasn’t opened China but made the West more dependent on mercantilist Beijing.
“We’re in competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century,” Biden said in his recent quasi-State of the Union address. “We’re at a great inflection point in history.” China’s possible unwitting release of COVID-19 and its fully documented cover-up is a unique opportunity to recalibrate the West’s relationship with China. But there seems to be little taste for that necessary recalibration from a wavering Europe and United States.
Meanwhile, China isn’t wavering. China grows increasingly aggressive: through its Belt-and-Road Initiative, its militaristic advances in the South China Sea and its international ties with European countries happy to make concessions. China doesn’t have to defeat the United States. All it has to do is outlast us. And right now, thanks to an ugly combination of hesitancy, cowardice and corruption, China seems well-positioned to do so.
Ben Shapiro, 36, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps,” “The Right Side of History” and “Bullies.” To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
China owns Hunter and therefore owns Biden. Companies, Corporations and Big Tech are all in China, and the above mentioned are all in bed with the politicians in our Country, Mitch McConnell’s father in law has a shipping business with communist China. Money talks and because of money, the above mentioned have sold out our Country to China. Traitors of the highest degree.
This entire administration is corrupt and in bed with the China Communist Party! And we have 4 more years or more. Depends on how bad the next elections is rigged!
Which is why i have little faith, we ‘will prevail’ in 2022 or 2024..
We need poll watchers in EVERY precinct in America verifying every detail; with the “assumptio” that every effort will be made by the Democrats to falsify the elections again and again.
Not just poll watchers, BUT LIVE CAMERAS set up over everyone’s desk..
Seriously, look at what policies (and countries) the Democrats support!
They are bending over backwards (or grabbing their ankles) to accommodate ALL of America’s enemies, and cripple America!
AND Its not just the dems doing this.. BUT THE Cowardly gop too.
John Cena is part of the sell-out America crowd. He is just another member of the media elite who has no problem taking away the freedom and wealth of average people and giving it to brutal dictatorships.
John Cena has given his soul to communism. We should recognize him for who he is and just stop watching anything he is in.
Yes John Cena! I am boycotting anything he is involved with!
I used to have MAD props for cena, for his support of our military..
NO LONGER.. In fact i am going to go through my movie collection and BURN EVERY DISK that he is in… AND call all those i know up, to BOYCOTT THE HELL OUT OF F9 and any other films Cena is in…
I think most truly open-minded people had no problem questioning China’s role in creating the virus that has sickened and killed millions of people around the world. The Coronavirus has also destroyed the wealth of a lot of people.
The governments of the world should hold China responsible for their terrorist act. They unleashed a biological agent on the world and then managed to profit from it. The Chinese government is filled with people who should face charges of mass murder and crimes against humanity in a world court.
Everyone who was part of developing the virus, releasing it into the general population or covering up these actions are criminals and should be prosecuted.
The same can be said of the left versus conservatives/Republicans. The left isn’t winning, to a large extent, the Republicans have forfeited. Put another way, the left is “take no prisoners” while the Republicans are “why can’t we all just get along”.
A fact i have often aluded to.. THE LEFT fights tooth and nail for what they want. THE RIGHT, for the most part, doesn’t.