Epoch Times Editorial Board
May 22, 2020
This year, the CCP virus (commonly known as the novel coronavirus) spread rapidly while the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) concealed the real situation in China, causing incalculable losses to the world.
So far, the CCP virus has spread to most countries in the world, with more than 5 million people infected and nearly 330,000 deaths attributed to the disease caused by the virus, COVID-19—assuming one takes at face value the official Chinese death toll of 4,642. In fact, many Chinese believe the real number is at least 10 times that.
Facing a huge loss of life and economic devastation, the governments and peoples of various countries urgently need to reflect on the relationship between the plague and the Communist Party, and what individuals and countries should do to avoid the epidemic and save themselves.
The Communist Party’s dark history is intertwined with war, famine, plague, and death. The Epoch Times editorial series “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” states that “the essence of communism is an evil specter” whose ultimate goal is to destroy mankind. The CCP is the biggest embodiment of this specter.
The CCP’s 70-year tyranny has killed 80 million Chinese people and destroyed traditional Chinese culture and morality. In the past 30 years, from the Tiananmen Square massacre of pro-democracy students in 1989, to the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, which began in 1999, the suppression of and misrule over the Chinese people have brought huge culpability to the CCP, as well as those in the rest of the world who have enabled it or been complicit by turning a blind eye.
For nearly 40 years, the CCP has used globalization and economic incentives to bring other countries under the Communist Party’s influence. CCP infiltration beyond China’s borders runs deep in the political, economic, cultural, and educational spheres. Examples of PRC influence operations include the Confucius Institutes programs, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and telecom giant Huawei. By trapping people and governments within its system of economic interests, the CCP leads them to accommodate its atheist ideology, tolerate its tyrannical rule, and betray the divine.
Misfortune is certain to befall those countries and regions that increased their engagement with the CCP and endorsed it. The path of the CCP virus as it has spread around the world goes through the countries, cities, organizations, and even individuals that are closely related to the CCP.
New York City the US Hot Spot
As of May 21, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University statistics website, there were 1,562,714 confirmed cases and 93,863 deaths in the United States. The number of confirmed deaths in New York state alone accounted for 30 percent of the national total.
Ever since President Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, the United States has provided critical support to the CCP in various forms in the fields of politics, military affairs, diplomacy, economics, finance, education, and science and technology. Later, when the United States helped China to become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), it gave the CCP access to the international community and caused huge amounts of Western wealth to be transferred to China, making it the “world’s factory.”
Only in the last few years has a general reevaluation of the U.S.–China relationship begun to take place, as American politicians, officials, and think tanks come to realize the role the United States has played in building up mainland China to the benefit of the Communist Party.
Without the help of the United States, and without the support of so many multinational companies, high-tech giants, and large financial groups, the CCP could not have quickly developed from a regime on the verge of economic collapse to an emerging hegemon capable of challenging the United States.
As the world’s No. 1 metropolis, New York City is the global center for the economy, finance, commerce, and media. It is also the location of the United Nations headquarters and has a great influence on global politics, education, and entertainment. With its special status and influence, the city of New York has played a major role in helping the CCP to achieve its agendas and advance its interests.
Wall Street, which represents America’s financial capital, has provided funding to the CCP for many years and has become the behind-the-curtain financier helping the Chinese communist regime prolong its life.
By infiltrating New York’s economy, finance, commerce, media, culture, education, and other fields, as well as the Chinese-American community, the CCP has channeled wealth and technology back to China. While exporting its ideology and abuse of human rights to the world, it has attempted to seize world leadership and challenge the United States.
These factors have made New York hard hit by the CCP virus.
Devastating Situation in Iran
The CCP considers Iran an intimate comrade-in-arms. While the official numbers of confirmed cases and deaths in Iran aren’t as high as those from some other countries, analysts believe Iran’s figures must be greatly underreported. Similar to the CCP, Iran’s authoritarian regime has likely concealed the true scale in an attempt to “maintain social order.”
Many high-ranking Iranian officials have been infected, including Iran’s first vice president and the deputy health minister, and many have died as a result.
The CCP has been supporting Iran for years, offering economic aid and weapons. It has even provided key nuclear weapons technology to Iran in order to threaten and constrain democratic countries.
For the BRI, which the CCP launched in 2013 to export communist hegemony, Iran is an important geographical and strategic hub from which the CCP can penetrate Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Countries in Europe
Out of nations with a higher number of cases (25,000 or more), aside from China and Iran, Spain has the highest relative number of cases (at least 497 per 100,000 people), with more than 233,000 cases and 27,940 deaths. Three close relatives of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the deputy prime minister have been infected.
The severe epidemic sent a strong warning to Spain that the government’s pro-communist policies have brought misfortune to the country.
Spain was the first EU country to make friendly gestures toward the CCP after the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989.
Italy is the hardest-hit area in Europe. The root cause of its being hit hard by the CCP virus is due to the intimate relationship between the Italian government and the CCP.
Italy is a member of the G-7 and a developed and democratic country. Despite the opposition of its allies, it formed an alliance with the CCP in March 2019 to “strengthen a comprehensive strategic partnership.” Italy is also the first EU country to sign onto the BRI.
Italy has 74 sister-city relationships with communist China, including in the Lombardy region, which has the highest number of infections and deaths, and cities such as Milan, Venice, and Bergamo.
Major European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany are now also caught up in the CCP virus pandemic. People have suffered huge losses, and even the British prime minister was infected.
One thing these countries have in common is that they have been “close to” the CCP in recent years. For instance, the CCP wants to use Huawei’s 5G technology to infiltrate the world, but the United Kingdom, France, and Germany have ignored security warnings and given the company the green light.
The areas with the worst outbreaks in these countries—London in the UK, Oise in France, and North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany—have also forged friendly relations with the Chinese Communist Party.
When the pandemic hit, the experiences of European countries sounded the alarm to the world.
Severity in China’s Neighboring Countries Varies
Compared with European and American countries, the situations in the areas near mainland China more clearly illustrate the relationship between the epidemic and the CCP.
Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are all close neighbors of mainland China. The numbers of people infected in Hong Kong and Taiwan are far lower than those in Japan and South Korea. The key difference is in these countries’ attitudes toward the CCP.
Currently, Japan has more than 16,000 confirmed infections, and South Korea has more than 11,000. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, which have closer trade and economic relations with mainland China, the number of confirmed cases is only 1,056 and 440, respectively. Among them, the early cases in Hong Kong were imported from the mainland, and later infected persons included riot police and pro-government personnel. The vast majority of cases in Taiwan were imported from abroad.
Since establishing diplomatic relations with the CCP regime in 1992, South Korea has gradually strengthened its economic and trade relations with the CCP. Since the current government came to power, it has moved closer to the CCP and has increased bilateral investment.
Although the relationship between the Japanese government and the CCP is not close, a large number of Japanese companies have invested in China, thereby relying on the CCP and transferring vital resources to it. Japan and the CCP have formed 256 ties of friendly provincial and municipal relations. Among them, Hokkaido, Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture, Kochi Prefecture, and other areas are experiencing serious outbreaks of the CCP virus.
Although Hong Kong and Taiwan have extremely close economic and trade relations with the mainland, the people of Hong Kong and Taiwan haven’t been blinded by their financial interests. In 2019, the people of Hong Kong launched large-scale protests against the CCP’s control and even risked their lives to stand up to it.
The brutal suppression of the Hong Kong protests lay bare the true face of the CCP and awakened the Taiwanese people. Voting this January for a pro-free world president showed the determination of the people of Taiwan to keep their distance from the CCP. The results of the presidential election saved Taiwan.
In Taiwan today, people aren’t quarantined at home and the economy hasn’t been suspended, yet the number of infections and deaths remains among the lowest in the world. The key to Taiwan’s anti-epidemic success lies in its distrust of the CCP and its refusal to blindly follow the World Health Organization (WHO), which is being controlled by the CCP.
The epidemic situation in Hong Kong and Taiwan reveals the secret of the success of prevention and self-help during the CCP virus pandemic: Only by rejecting the CCP can we resist the CCP virus.
Rejecting the CCP
Major plagues always come on suddenly and then, at a certain point, disappear without a trace. Historical records show that every plague had a clear target.
The bubonic plague at the end of the Ming Dynasty was a typical example. The transition from the Ming to the Qing dynasties, also known as the Manchu conquest of China, was a decadelong period of battles between the Ming army, the Qing army (established by the Manchu clan in Northeast China), and the Li Zicheng army, a rebel peasant force.
The bubonic plague in this period of time pointed at the Ming army only, leaving the Qing and Li Zicheng armies unaffected.
Plagues are not accidental. The CCP virus epidemic was triggered by the CCP’s crimes, and it spread globally due to the CCP’s concealment. The spread of the virus shows a clear pattern: It is selectively targeting the CCP and is aimed at eliminating the CCP and those who are pro-communist or who have close ties with the CCP.
All regions that are hard-hit by the virus outside China are those having intimate ties with the CCP, those who have supported the CCP in terms of trade, investment, or helping the CCP improve its international image. Likewise, individuals who have been the CCP’s supporters often find themselves vulnerable to the CCP virus.
In fact, this spreading pattern helps to point out a life-saving path for all nations and people all over the world. It is a path that directly connects to the spiritual side of all beings.
Conversely, supporting the CCP, endorsing the CCP, or establishing a close partnership with the CCP, will likely invite the virus.
Everyone longs for peace and health amid a global pandemic. Facing this sudden disaster, the limitations of modern technology and management methods become obvious. Everyone should keep in mind that the divine has been caring for humanity for thousands of years.
If one upholds one’s inner goodness, reflects on one’s actions, and rejects the CCP—the representative of the greatest evil, one will be protected by the divine.
The pandemic occurred because of the CCP, and the situation will change when people change their attitudes toward the CCP.
April 26, 2020
Update: This editorial was updated on May 21, 2020.