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  • US Taxpayers are the biggest funder

  • of the World Health Organization

  • But it's rife with corruption

  • And it's done some sketchy things

  • When it comes to China's coronavirus outbreak

  • This is China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • When the world is threatened by an outbreak

  • of a deadly coronavirus from China,

  • who you gonna call....

  • No, WHO. The World Health Organization.

  • I can see how that could be confusing.

  • Let's just stick with “W.H.O.”

  • And I can see how the W.H.O.'s response to the coronavirus

  • could also be confusing,

  • because it's hard to understand how

  • the main global organization charged with handling it

  • could have screwed up so badly.

  • The World Health Organization is a United Nations body

  • concerned with world health.

  • At least supposedly.

  • But it turns out,

  • corruption in the agency is putting lives at risk.

  • By now it's a recognized fact the Chinese Commuinst Party

  • has used a two step solution to deal with the coronavirus.

  • Step Onecover it up.

  • They arrested whistleblowing doctors and journalists.

  • And state-run media

  • either kept numbers of infections impossibly low,

  • or didn't report on it at all.

  • But after weeks of coverup

  • allowed the virus to spread across China

  • and around the world,

  • it became too big to cover up.

  • So then, step two: authoritarian crackdown!

  • The Chinese regime has quarantined much of Hubei province,

  • where the outbreak began.

  • It's the largest quarantine in human history,

  • with tens of millions of people affected.

  • And now much of the rest of the country is under lockdown as well.

  • Now you might be thinking,

  • a quarantine makes sense right?

  • Except on this ginormous scale,

  • it doesn't actually work well.

  • It's been authoritarian,

  • heavy handed,

  • and often arbitrary

  • varying from one village or city to another.

  • And this has made Chinese people lose trust in their government.

  • Some people look for ways to escape the quarantine zones.

  • And many don't report to authorities when they get sick,

  • because the consequences could include

  • being put in a quarantine center

  • next to hundreds of other sick people.

  • In some cases people have said that the quarantine centers

  • don't have enough medical staff or even food.

  • According to an expert at the University of Edinburgh,

  • The way Chinese authorities have gone about it is quite dangerous

  • because you actually start to erode that trust in the government.

  • You want citizens coming forward and saying:

  • I feel unwell.”

  • The Chinese Communist Party is getting slammed

  • with international criticism

  • for how they handled the coronavirus.

  • But guess who hasn't been criticizing them?

  • The World Health Organization.

  • In fact, the W.H.O. has been praising

  • how the Communist Party has handled it.

  • This is the director general of the W.H.O., Tedros Adhanom,

  • meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping three weeks ago.

  • At the time, Tedros said,

  • We appreciate the seriousness

  • with which China is taking this outbreak,

  • especially the commitment from top leadership,

  • and the transparency they have demonstrated.”

  • He also said,

  • China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response.”

  • Hmmm... Detaining activists who criticize Xi Jinping?

  • Technically, that is a new standard for outbreak response.

  • Anyway, Tedros lavished praise on China,

  • despite the fact thatit took nearly two weeks for the agency t

  • o get a go-ahead from China to send even an advance team,

  • which arrived in Beijing on February 10,

  • to discuss a joint mission.”

  • Tedros's praise of China has been so lavish,

  • he's been featured repeatedly in Chinese state-run media,

  • like this video from the People's Daily.

  • China took actions massively at the epicenter,

  • at the source of the outbreak.

  • This is heroic.

  • The actions of China are making us safer.

  • Maybe it's just me,

  • but I don't feel a whole lot safer.

  • And, keep in mind,

  • Tedros was praising China's authoritarian response to the virus

  • at the same time he was criticizing other countries,

  • especially the US,

  • for travel bans to and from China.

  • "There is no reason for measures

  • that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade.

  • We call on all countries to implement decisions

  • that are evidence-based and consistent."

  • Good thing no one listened to him.

  • Major world airports set up screening procedures

  • for travelers who had recently been to China.

  • Many airlines simply stopped flights to and from China.

  • You know, it's not a great thing

  • when people ignore the main global organization

  • that's meant to advise everyone on health crises.

  • Tedros also said in an interview

  • that the quarantine of tens of millions of people in China

  • is consistent with the WHO's regulations

  • that call forthe least intrusive measures possible

  • and strong protection for freedom of movement

  • and other human rights.”

  • Least intrusive?

  • I would hate to see what the W.H.O. actually considers intrusive.

  • Incidentally, Tedros was a leader

  • in Ethiopia's Tigray People's Liberation Front.

  • That's “a wing of the ruling Marxist-rooted

  • Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front.

  • He served the violently repressive regime

  • as minister of foreign affairs

  • from 2012 to 2016,

  • after a stint as health minister.”

  • So I would really hate to see what Tedros considers intrusive.

  • Though he did say,

  • “I think that human rights and so on should be respected.”

  • Yeah, human rights and so on, yada yada yada.

  • But Tedros isn't the only one in the W.H.O.

  • who's praising the Chinese Communist Party's

  • response to the coronavirus.

  • Another W.H.O. representative recently told a panel,

  • The people of China feel protected...

  • We all need to take a step back and admire what's happened.”

  • Remember Peter Humphrey,

  • the British private investigator

  • who was jailed in China in 2013?

  • He had been drugged,

  • chained to a chair,

  • locked in a cage

  • and then made to read out a statement written by the police

  • in front of the cameras.

  • The anchor who presented the footage, James Chau,

  • is now a goodwill ambassador with the World Health Organization.”

  • This kind of praise for China has been going on for years.

  • This statement from former W.H.O. Director General Margaret Chan

  • saysIn the eyes of the world,

  • China is increasingly seen as a model

  • for development at many levels.”

  • China has lifted, “millions of its people out of poverty.”

  • AndChina is extremely fortunate to have a President

  • who has made health the centre of all government policies.”

  • And if the people don't want to be healthy,

  • sometimes you just have to force them.

  • Incidentally, “Beijing backed the appointment of Margaret Chan,

  • a former director of health in Hong Kong,

  • as WHO director-general from 2006 to 2017.”

  • But beyond just praise,

  • the Chinese regime seems incredibly successful at

  • getting the W.H.O. to bow down to its claims over Taiwan.

  • In case you don't know,

  • Taiwan is a sovereign country

  • with its own government, military, and currency.

  • But the Chinese regime considers it part of China.

  • And China has used its influence in the W.H.O. to keep Taiwan out.

  • Here's a speech given at a W.H.O. meeting last year.

  • There is simply no principled basis why Taiwan should not be here

  • The only reason that it is not here now

  • is because the government in Beijing

  • does not like the current government in Taiwan.”

  • And yet Taiwan is not allowed to join

  • the World Health Organization as a member state.

  • Or even as an observer.

  • And that puts Taiwan's population of 23 million people at risk.

  • Taiwan's exclusion from the W.H.O.

  • leaves its population vulnerable during this crisis

  • a lack of direct and timely channels to the W.H.O.

  • have already resulted in inaccurate reporting of cases in Taiwan.”

  • Taiwan has repeatedly complained that China and the W.H.O.

  • aren't sharing information about the coronavirus outbreak with them.

  • That's also what happened back in 2003

  • when the deadly SARS epidemic broke out in China.

  • Besides putting 23 million Taiwanese lives at risk,

  • that also affects the 50 million foreign travelers

  • who pass through Taiwan's airports every year.

  • They might assume the W.H.O. is taking care of things.

  • They would be wrong.

  • In fact, the W.H.O. can't even figure out what to call Taiwan.

  • Last month a W.H.O. spokesman called it China, Taiwan.

  • And then “a February 4 report flipped it and listed 'Taiwan, China,'

  • but got the number of cases wrong,

  • relying on data from Beijing not Taipei.”

  • Now the W.H.O. don't even mention Taiwan.

  • They recently called itTaipei and environs

  • in a list of affected cities in China.

  • Why does China have this kind of influence

  • over the World Health Organization?

  • It turns out, the W.H.O. is horribly corrupt.

  • An audit revealed

  • There has been a surge in internal corruption allegations

  • across the whole of the organisation,

  • with the detection of multiple schemes

  • aimed at defrauding large sums of money

  • from the international body.”

  • That included, anupsurge of internal complaints of corruption,

  • fraud and even sexual harassment

  • from across the 7,000-strong organisation,

  • overwhelming an internal team

  • of four full-time investigators and two consultants.”

  • And yet, the division of the W.H.O.

  • responsible for handling the coronavirus outbreak,

  • is so chronically underfunded it has repeatedly been found to pose

  • a "severe" and "unacceptable" level of hazard.”

  • Great! So some people in the W.H.O.

  • are scamming loads of money and getting rich,

  • while the coronavirus team is way underfunded.

  • Maybe that's why the W.H.O. delayed issuing

  • a global emergency over the coronavirus

  • even though human to human transmission

  • had already been confirmed.

  • Or maybe it's because of China's role as a donor to the W.H.O.

  • After this 2017 meeting between Tedros

  • and high-level Chinese leaders,

  • the W.H.O got a big  new financial contribution from China.

  • China also wants to build an 80 million dollar headquarters

  • for the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Guess where they want to build it?

  • In Ethiopia!

  • Wow, what a coincidence that that's Tedros' home country!

  • The US is pretty sure it will be used for spying.

  • ButChina's importance to the WHO

  • derives not so much as a current donor

  • but as a future source of funds and a partner

  • with which to tackle the biggest global health problems.”

  • Well, China's got the money.

  • And 20% of the world's population.

  • But is the ruling Communist Party really a good

  • partner with which to tackle the biggest global health problems?”

  • A lot of health experts are furious at the W.H.O.

  • for their praise of China's response to the coronavirus,

  • and their delay in issuing a global emergency.

  • According to Lawrence Gostin,

  • a professor of global health law at Georgetown University

  • who also provides technical assistance to the WHO,

  • We were deceived...

  • Myself and other public health experts,

  • based on what the World Health Organization and China were saying,

  • reassured the public that this was not serious,

  • that we could bring this under control.”

  • Allegations of corruption in the W.H.O. are nothing new.

  • In 2017, this exposé from the Associated Press

  • found that nearly half of the W.H.O.'s 2 billion dollar budget

  • went to first-class airfare and five-star hotels.

  • The United States is the largest contributor:

  • US taxpayers fund about quarter of the W.H.O.'s budget.

  • And get this

  • thatdoesn't include costs often covered