Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis

Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis
Chinese Premier Li Jinping (L); Wikipedia. Zhao Lijian, Spokesperson & Deputy Director General, Information Department, Foreign Ministry (MFA). Twitter

[Ed. – Not enough. China needs to pay for the pandemonium and loss of life and treasure.]

There are many lessons to be learned from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. But one is already clear: China needs to be isolated from the civilized world until its behavior improves. We are in the current situation, with deaths and economic devastation worldwide, because China handled this outbreak with its trademark mixture of dishonesty, incompetence and thuggery. Were China a more civilized nation, this outbreak would have been stopped early, and with far less harm, inside and outside of China.

As Marion Smith wrote in these pages on Sunday, China’s first response was to clamp down on reports of the then-new disease that had appeared in Wuhan. The brave doctor, Li Wenliang, who first reported the disease to fellow physicians was silenced by police. Chinese media reports of the disease were censored by the government. So were ordinary citizens reporting on social media.

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