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Report: Chinese Gov't Pushing Wild Anti-US Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus


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Wild coronavirus conspiracy theories are spreading across Chinese social media sites with the help of the Chinese government, including that COVID-19 originated in the United States, China's not to blame for the global crisis, the U.S. is hiding the number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S., and on and on. 


According to The Washington Post, now that the virus has spread to Italy, the U.S., and elsewhere, the Chinese government appears happy to “call out missteps” in these countries’ response efforts as well. 

“Go on WeChat, go on Weibo, look on Baidu search, and it’s full of ‘look at all the other countries getting sick,’ or ‘the virus came from the United States,’ or all different levels of conspiracy theories,” Xiao Qiang, adjunct professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information, told the paper. 

The professor said it’s no coincidence that the Communist Party appears all too eager to take part in advancing anti-U.S. propaganda to deflect anger from its own people about how the government covered up information about the outbreak during its initial stages.  

“It’s more than just some disinformation or an official narrative,” he said. “It’s an orchestrated, all-out campaign by the Chinese government through every channel at a level you rarely see. It’s a counteroffensive.”


The Chinese connection.

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