For years, we used to manufacture quality products in the United States. That all changed and we started seeing labels like “Made in Japan” and “Made in Taiwan” on things we’d buy. The standards of a lot of those products were relatively high, especially when it came to stereo and television components.
Those standards became increasingly relaxed when we started seeing products labeled “Made in China”. Everything from kitchen items to pharmaceuticals to pet food started appearing with that label and the results to public satisfaction and safety became questioned. For the most part, we lived with and accepted the price for buying cheap and “cheap” became synonymous with anything coming from China and we accepted the risk.
But that all should now be rightfully reexamined. Given their latest COVID-19, Wuhan virus export, we now have a greater appreciation for the perils of accepting anything from a nation that clearly means us economic and strategic harm, and the means to carry it out.
What extraordinary means can be used to “clear the field” of the United States? Conventional weapons such as airplanes, cannons, warships, and high-destructive weapons such as nuclear weapons will not work. We will not be so stupid as to use nuclear weapons to end up with the United States, although we yell for the Taiwan issue at all costs. Only non-destructive weapons of mass destruction can keep the United States intact. The development of modern biotechnology is advancing by leaps and bounds, and new biological weapons are emerging one after another. Of course, we have not been idle. Over the past few years, we have seized the time to master this type of killer, and we have been able to achieve the goal of “clearing the United States” suddenly.
— Chi Haotian, Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Minister of National Defense (1993-2003)
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we have a Wuhan virus as it appears to have only been a matter of when.
Before the September 11, 2001 attack, our politicians claimed to know Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and he had to be removed before he had a chance to use them. After the attack, Hussein was removed as it had to have been determined he didn’t have the means to deliver a nuclear, biological or chemical attack on the United States mainland. After the release of COVID-19 on the world, China has the luxury of knowing there will be no direct military retaliation precisely because they have the means to deliver biological and nuclear attacks in return.
So, what is our recourse?
President Trump’s long-overdue leveling of the US-China playing field may have backed them into a financial corner. Tensions over disputed islands as well as our support for Taiwan may also have added to China’s belligerent posture, but as we know (especially when it comes to their years of documented intellectual property theft) China cannot be trusted to be straight up when it comes to anything.
China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.
— Bloomberg, 4/1/20
Future diplomacy will be delicate but there are things the American people should do.
For starters, avoid anything and everything with a “Made in China” label like the plague. (Chinese food restaurants excluded for obvious reasons….)
We will not buy anything with that disclaimer because what the communist government of China has done to the world should not go rewarded, unpunished or forgotten.