Indeed, the Chinese government is largely responsible for a local outbreak in the city of Wuhan becoming the global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans and puts tens of millions more out of work.
But we still don’t know the exact origins of the virus. Did it come from a Chinese wet market or a laboratory? We also need to figure out what responsibility China should bear for the devastation the pandemic has caused and how to hold Beijing accountable.
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To examine these and other questions, I am devoting a three-part series on my podcast “Newt’s World” to looking at China and the spread of the coronavirus.
On this week’s episode, I discuss the origins of the virus and the timeline of the pandemic’s spread from Wuhan to other areas of the world. And I also ask a critical question: What did the Chinese Communist Party know about the disease COVID-19 that is caused by the coronavirus, and when did China’s leaders know it?
Of course, one of the biggest problems with probing the early stages of the outbreak is that the Chinese government isn’t cooperating with anyone.
Every country in the world stands to benefit from Beijing being forthright about what it knows and providing a true timeline of events – not a timeline of lies and propaganda.
Yet China remains unwilling to help save lives – not just in the U.S. or Europe, but also in China, which would benefit from a collaboration to combat the virus.
Looking back at that early period in January and February, I am struck by how strange some of China’s behavior was.