lørdag 14. mars 2020

Why China is amplifying a conspiracy theory to blame America for coronavirus crisis

There’s no dearth of conspiracy theories flying around about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, from reckless speculation in news reports to silly nonsense spread by social media, and they’re all best left ignored at a time of global panic and paranoia. But when a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry jumps on the tinfoil-hat bandwagon to accuse the US military of unleashing a deadly disease that has infected well over 140,000 people in more than 120 countries, it begs closer scrutiny to understand what exactly is going on.

Zhao Lijian set off a storm this week by taking to Twitter to suggest there was something more to the story after the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention admitted, without giving a time frame, that some influenza deaths in America had turned out to be Covid-19 cases.