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Li Wenliang: 'Wailing Wall' for China's virus whistleblowing doctor

BBC News

Yvette Tan

June 23, 2020


'Wailing Wall lasted four months'

Even the trivial posts were meaningful, said Professor Wu.

"Mundane reflections and simple greetings as the way to commemorate Dr Li, though different from expressions of anger and indignation, contain their own power to keep the memory and dissonance alive," she said.

"[It] forms a sense of communal solidarity that is really outside of the official norm that calls for solidarity around images such as national prowess."


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53077072



As I have mentioned before Dr. Li Wenliang was my ophthalmologist in Xiamen before he went to Wuhan.  I am deeply saddened by his passing away.  He is my hero and the hero of millions.









                    



Can Wuhan’s Punk Scene Survive the Coronavirus?


Venues and musicians in Wuhan, China’s underground rock capital, are struggling with lockdowns after the outbreak of COVID-19.

By Larry Mullin

June 03, 2020


Archie Hamilton is the co-founder of Split Works, which brought foreign acts like Dandi Wind to Wuhan as early as 2009. Straight away, Wuhan struck him as “a classic punk city. A working class steel town, heavily polluted, almost more than anywhere I’d been in China before, and quite nihilistic and dystopian in terms of how it felt as a city. And the music reflected that.”

Despite such subject matter seeming fearless in this era of ever increasing crackdowns on dissent in China, Wu tells The Diplomat with practical nonchalance: “I don’t think my lyrics are controversial or rebellious. I think they are all lyrics that a normal person would say or sing. So why should I be proud of these normal lyrics, or think that I broke any new ground?

Music aside, onlookers would be hard pressed to call Wu Wei anything less than a dissident. For instance: he was a signatory of the famed human rights manifesto Charter 08, which garnered a Nobel Prize for author Liu Xiaobo, not to mention a prison term. Wu’s punishment was milder, but still ominous: his phone was tapped by officials.

Such stories of resilience are in keeping with Wuhan’s age-old reputation as China’s toughest town. Long predating the proliferation of its rugged punks, a number of Wuhan locals took up arms in 1911 against imperial officials. The Xinhai Revolution came next, leading to the downfall of China’s last Imperial Dynasty. To this day, many Wuhan punks and other underground musicians claim that the Xinhai rebelliousness still reverberates throughout their scene.


https://thediplomat.com/2020/06/can-wuhans-punk-scene-survive-the-coronavirus/








              


Dr. Van Kerkhove said that the estimates of transmission from people without symptoms come primarily from models, which may not provide an accurate representation. “That’s a big open question, and that remains an open question,” she said.

Scientists had sharply criticized the W.H.O. for creating confusion on the issue, given the far-ranging public policy implications. Governments around the world have recommended face masks and social distancing measures because of the risk of asymptomatic transmission.

“All of the best evidence suggests that people without symptoms can and do readily spread SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19,” scientists at the Harvard Global Health Institute said in a statement on Tuesday.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/world/coronavirus-updates.html



Who can believe the WHO or anyone from the WHO? China through the WHO would very happily have us believe that it is not spread by those who are asymptomatic because otherwise how does one control it? China claims it has controlled and furthermore contained COVID-19. However, Pandora's box has been opened at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. One can't get the evil back and it continues to look for ways through mutation to avoid any measure of control and containment. Its goal is propagation rather than to spread by propagandization.











                     


China Defends Coronavirus Action at W.H.O. Meeting: Live Coverage

New York Times

May 18, 2020


Fighting foreign pressure to account for the initial spread of the coronavirus, the Chinese Communist Party deflected in one of its leading journals, saying in effect that the virus could have come from anywhere.

The article, published in the party’s magazine Qiushi over the weekend, is China’s latest effort to push back against demands on multiple fronts for a fuller accounting of where the virus came from and especially how it spread from Wuhan.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/world/coronavirus-news.html


Asteroid with novel coronavirus hits Wuhan near the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It came from out there--somewhere or anywhere. Miraculously, there is no evidence of a crater, but exact location is unclear while the dust settles.








               


Wuhan residents fear mass testing may launch new coronavirus outbreak

Jon Levine

May 16, 2020


Though the city is largely past the worst of the illness, which forced the sprawling metropolis into lock down for more than two months, some residents are worried about the large crowds accumulating outside testing centers and open-air clinics.

The unprecedented scale of testing indicates the official level of concern, some experts say. Others say it is an extremely costly exercise and question its effectiveness.

At a testing kiosk set up at the side of a busy road in Jianghan district in central Wuhan, a volunteer was patrolling and spraying disinfectant at a long line of people.

https://nypost.com/2020/05/16/wuhan-residents-fear-testing-may-cause-new-coronavirus-outbreak/



Ten days to build two new hospitals. Ten days to test millions of Wuhan's residents for novel coronavirus. It seems the Party's Five Year Plans are accelerated to Ten Day Plans.










                       


Chinese officials have quarantined 8,000 people in the country’s northeast.

NYT

May 17, 2020


Officials concerned about a virus resurgence have quarantined 8,000 people and reintroduced lock down measures in northeastern China, even as other parts of the country further relax restrictions.

Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory disease expert and adviser to the Chinese government, said in an interview with CNN on Saturday that although China had a relatively low number of infections it still faced a “big challenge” because most of the population had not been exposed to the coronavirus and was still susceptible to infection. “It’s not better than the foreign countries I think at the moment,” he said.

And in southern China, the governments of Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong Province are discussing the creation of a “travel bubble” that would allow qualified residents to travel around the region without being required to quarantine.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/17/world/coronavirus-live.html










                   


Chinese scholar calls for political reform, criticising ‘tight control’ over Covid-19. A day later, police come for him

William Zheng

May 11, 2020


In his strongly worded letter, Zhang – a regular contributor to overseas newspapers and a well-known critic of China’s political and legal system – said that in the absence of a modern constitution, China’s governance was very backward, and “the outbreak and spread of the Covid-19 epidemic is a good illustration of the problem”.

Zhang said in his letter: “Twenty-two days before the [lockdown to contain the outbreak] in the city, Wuhan was still investigating and punishing citizens who had disclosed the epidemic, including Dr Li Wenliang … showing how tight and arbitrary the government’s suppression of society is.” “Since January 3, 2020, the [Chinese] foreign ministry had been regularly notifying the US government about the epidemic, but the disease control department was not notifying the people of [China] at the same time. Such an irresponsible attitude towards their people’s safety is rare,” Zhang wrote.


https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3083863/chinese-scholar-calls-political-reform-criticising-tight






               


Coronavirus: Chinese state media take aim at US 'lab theory'

May 05, 2020


Editorials in Chinese state media often given an insight into the direction of government thinking, but there has been no official response to Mr Pompeo's comments as yet.

On Monday, the Global Times accused Mr Pompeo of "absurd theories and twisted facts", and on Tuesday the attack continued.














                                     



How China’s ‘Bat Woman’ Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus


Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there

Jane Qiu

April 27, 2020


The mysterious patient samples arrived at the Wuhan Institute of Virology at 7 P.M. on December 30, 2019. Moments later Shi Zhengli’s cell phone rang. It was her boss, the institute’s director. The Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention had detected a novel coronavirus in two hospital patients with atypical pneumonia, and it wanted Shi’s renowned laboratory to investigate. If the finding was confirmed, the new pathogen could pose a serious public health threat—because it belonged to the same family of viruses as the one that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a disease that plagued 8,100 people and killed nearly 800 of them between 2002 and 2003. “Drop whatever you are doing and deal with it now,” she recalls the director saying.

Shi, a virologist who is often called China’s “bat woman” by her colleagues because of her virus-hunting expeditions in bat caves over the past 16 years, walked out of the conference she was attending in Shanghai and hopped on the next train back to Wuhan. “I wondered if [the municipal health authority] got it wrong,” she says. “I had never expected this kind of thing to happen in Wuhan, in central China.” Her studies had shown that the southern, subtropical provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan have the greatest risk of coronaviruses jumping to humans from animals—particularly bats, a known reservoir. If coronaviruses were the culprit, she remembers thinking, “Could they have come from our lab?”


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-chinas-bat-woman-hunted-down-viruses-from-sars-to-the-new-coronavirus1/










                                    


New York hospitals are studying a common heartburn drug as treatment for Covid-19 E


Elizabeth Cohen April 27, 2020

Learning from Chinese patients' medications

Dr. Kevin Tracey and his colleagues got the idea to study famotidine after it was observed that some patients in China taking the drug fared better than patients not taking the drug. He said studies on the Chinese patients have not yet been published, but that Dr. Michael Callahan, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital who worked with coronavirus patients in China, observed that some people with lower incomes were surviving longer than their wealthier counterparts who also had heartburn.

Tracey said in addition to the observation in Chinese patients, Florida-based Alchem Laboratories used a computer model to make a list of existing drugs that might fight coronavirus, and famotidine showed up near the top of the list. He said that's because, theoretically, the structure of famotidine is such that it could stop the virus from replicating, in the same way that protease inhibitors, which are used to treat HIV, stop that virus.



https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/27/health/famotidine-coronavirus-northwell-trial/index.html








          
                           


Inadequate PPE for the technician and seals that leak on the refrigeration unit at the Wuhan Institute of Virology







                         


Dollar Profits Repatriated

April 19, 2020


Mr. Bass: I’m sure you’ve heard that the Chinese Communist Party decided that anyone that’s to move their supply chains out of China needs a permit to leave. I don’t know if you’ve heard that in the last couple of weeks. But for the last three years, really since the fourth quarter of 2016, when the Chinese completely closed off any kind of external foreign direct investment by rank and file Chinese and even the government—if you remember when they closed the door when they were having a serious currency devaluation problem—companies that do business in China, whether you’re Intel, or Sony, or BMW, or Chevron, those companies haven’t been able to get their dollars out of China, their dollar profits, since the fourth quarter of 2016. I know several of them have hired friends of mine that are former bureaucrats in U.S. administration who have relationships with Wang Qishan, with Xi, with his party, trying to get the money out. They haven’t been able to get the money out for four years, Jan, and now we’re being told that maybe you can’t get your supply chains out.







 
                        



My life is hard now’: As China prepares for worst quarter in decades, shadows deepen for consumers

Nathan VanderKlippe Asia correspondent

Beijing

April 16, 2020


On Friday, China said its economy in the first quarter contracted by 6.8 per cent compared to 2019, its worst quarterly economic performance since 1976, in the bloody tumult of the Cultural Revolution.

But the depth of the economic shock has prompted them to reconsider the annual targets that have driven more than four decades of growth. China should consider adopting a “relative growth rate,” whereby its performance is compared with the broader global economy, said Liu Shijin, vice-chair of the China Development Research Foundation and a former senior figure of the cabinet-like State Council, in an interview published Wednesday by the Beijing News.

“If the global growth rate is 2.5 per cent in 2020 and 3 per cent in China, the relative growth rate is 5.5 per cent, which is higher than last year,” he said. He cautioned about a long-lasting second wave of shocks that will take a greater toll than the first wave.

Misinterpretation of relative growth rate?


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-my-life-is-hard-now-as-china-prepares-for-worst-quarter-in-decades/




“The world economy’s growth was 2.9 per cent in 2019 and China’s growth rate was 6.1 per cent, resulting in a ‘relative growth rate’ of 3.2 per cent,” Liu wrote. “But if the world economy contacts by 2.5 per cent while China can achieve a 3 per cent growth, the relative growth rate would be 5.5 per cent. 

SCMP 




                




Full text of Wuhan's notification on revising numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths



Source: Xinhua

2020-04-17 12:54:21   Editor: huaxi



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan as of the end of April 16 was revised up by 325 to 50,333, and the number of fatalities up by 1,290 to 3,869.

Aiming to leave no COVID-19 case undocumented, the authorities have worked....


http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-04/17/c_138984653.htm


Why does an official Chinese news agency in the interest of full disclosure not document the names of authorities or to put it another way, why does it quote an unnamed official at Wuhan’s epidemic and prevention and control headquarters?  

WHAT ARE THE REAL NUMBERS? 实际数字是多少?






                         


Brief home quarantine order for foreign residents in Beijing prompts questions about digital pandemic governance

Nathan VanderKlippeAsia correspondent

Beijing

Published April 13, 2020


With no explanation, an app told large numbers of foreign residents in Beijing that they could not leave their homes this weekend, a digital quarantine order that was rescinded just hours later after causing widespread confusion in the Chinese capital.

The Beijing Health Kit app bases its determination on what city authorities have called “comprehensive multi-source data research and judgment,” which blends community information, disease control orders and data from highway, rail and air travel. It requires users to upload identification document images and pass a facial recognition screening before producing a green, yellow or red code: green is all clear, yellow signifies home isolation, while red mandates quarantine in a government-approved facility.

But the opacity of the system means no one knows, for example, what weight is given to each data point. In addition, “each city and province has different codes, and we have no idea what additions or omissions each has made in their version,” Prof. Cui said. As a result, “once a problem appears, people will feel confused and begin to complain. I think people would have fewer complaints if there was more transparency.”

It’s time for the companies involved to release their source code, he said.


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-brief-home-quarantine-order-for-foreign-residents-in-beijing-prompts/







                          



Japan is paying its companies to leave China and relocate production elsewhere as part of a stimulus deal in response to the Chinese coronavirus


Alana Mastrangelo


Apr 10, 2020


Japan has earmarked more than $2 billion of the nation’s economic stimulus package to assist its companies in moving out of China to relocate production, according to a report on Thursday by the South China Morning Post.

The report added that a February survey by Tokyo Shoko Research found that 37 percent of the more than 2,600 companies that responded to Japan’s stimulus proposal were already looking at locations other than China due to the coronavirus pandemic.



https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/10/japan-to-pay-companies-to-leave-china-relocate-production-over-coronavirus/








                                       



Dispatches from a Quaranteened City

Wuhan Diary



Fang Fang

translated by Michael Berry

Amazon:

Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City Hardcover – Aug. 18 2020 by Fang Fang (Author)

$23.99 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 0063052636

ISBN-13: 978-0063052635

Publisher Harper

My book is titled "Wuhan Diary-The Forbidden City?" "Record", because I didn't know how many days it would be sealed, and did not write numbers.

I asked for my opinion on the English cover, but I didn't know that the title would change because I didn’t understand English. Mr. Bai Ruiwen also ignored the small print (some people said it was a neutral word). After discovering the problem, Mr. Bai Ruiwen also apologized to me, and immediately asked all publishers to respect my original title. I certainly haven't seen the cover of German. The German translator is Mr. Ackerman. Like Mr. Bai Ruiwen, they are very friendly people to China. Now that the sellers are promoting, there may be a problem of deflection. I don't have the ability to read foreign languages. But these can be corrected in time. It has been negotiated so far, and it is required that the text must be read to the translator before submitting to me for confirmation. Both covers have been changed.

By the way, there are more than ten publishing houses in China that wanted to publish this book, but because of the extreme left (I want to explain, there are only a few people in the extreme left, and I have not said that they are extreme left , They swear by themselves), at present, all domestic publishing companies are afraid to go out. My publisher is still working hard at home, hoping to get ahead of publishing abroad. They are very dedicated and I am very touched.


https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/mtrRLTyj90JQi5HTePEKQg





                 



随着疫情消退,民族主义和仇外情绪在中国蔓延

As the epidemic subsides, nationalism and xenophobia spread in China
New York Times

王月眉, AMY QIN

2020年4月17日


Foreigners are not the only goal of China's growing nationalism. The Chinese, who are considered to have insufficient admiration for the government, were also subjected to fierce personal attacks launched by the Chinese "Little Pink" online. "Little pink" refers to young digital fighters who launched a fierce attack on any online criticism of the Communist Party. These people have recently stared at the novelist Fang Fang. For two months, she has been publishing a diary in Wuhan, where the epidemic broke out, describing life in the city. She wrote down the bravery of ordinary people around her, and vowed to hold local officials in charge of dereliction of duty.

When news came out last week that her diary would be translated into English and published, she was faced with overwhelming abuse, and some accused her of helping foreign governments to destroy her country's reputation.

Fang Fang likens this kind of personal attack to the Cultural Revolution she experienced in the 1960s and 1970s when she was a child. During the "Cultural Revolution", anyone who was suspected of saying bad things about Mao Zedong was at risk of being tortured or imprisoned.

https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20200417/coronavirus-china-nationalism/








          


Inside the Chinese media’s reporting on the historic collapse of a powerhouse economy

April 20, 2020

Tanner Brown

As most media in the country are state controlled, the downplaying and stressing of various events offers insight into policy makers’ objectives

The most popular editorial on the nationalistic Global Times website insisted that, “During a wartime economy, employment, not GDP, should be the bugle horn” signaling any distress. The convenience here is that China’s employment numbers are even more opaque than its GDP statistics, which themselves are frequently ridiculed for perceived manipulation.







               


This crisis has taught us the true cost of doing business with China

Washington Post

Charles Lane

April 21, 2020


Yet because of its hybrid official-commercial character, Chinese state-bank lending falls outside the purview of two key international monitors: the Paris Club for government-to-government credits and the Institute for International Finance for private-bank-to-government funding.

Harvard economist Carmen Reinhart and two colleagues, Sebastian Horn and Christoph Trebesch, from Germany’s Kiel Institute for the World Economy, spent two years scrubbing previously untapped data sources and found that China had loaned $400 billion to 106 developing and emerging-market countries through 2017 — half of which does not show up in debt-burden data from multilateral organizations and credit-rating agencies.

Fifty developing countries owe at least 15 percent of their respective GDPs to Chinese state banks, the study found; 12 of these owed more than 20 percent.