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  • Human-Animal Hybrids at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

  • Hong Kong is a delightful police state

  • And the Chinese Communist Party Celebrates its 100th birthday

  • That and more on this week's China news headlines

  • Welcome to China Uncensored, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Well we have a doozy of a story for you today.

  • So by now you know how the US was partly funding gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute

  • of Virology, where many suspect the coronavirus pandemic leaked from.

  • Just a reminder, gain of function research is where you make a virus more deadly or contagious

  • to humans.

  • Supposedly this research is done to prevent pandemics.

  • Not working so well, is it?

  • But anyway you might be wondering, how did researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

  • take bat coronaviruses, and make them contagious to humans?

  • Well, their answer was human-animal chimeras!

  • That's an...artistic depiction.

  • A human-animal chimera is what you get when scientists inject an animal with human cells,

  • or engineer them with human DNA, so the animal has certain human characteristics.

  • For example, a lot of research is done on humanized mice.

  • No Seamus, you know what I meant.

  • Humanized lab mice.

  • Thank you.

  • Scientists like to test things on these humanized animals before giving a drug or vaccine to

  • actual humans.

  • In some cases, the humanized animals are actually used to create biological drugs, like certain

  • cancer drugs.

  • That itself isn't news.

  • Scientists began creating humanized animals way back in the 1980s.

  • Presumably after a little inspiration.

  • And at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the famous bat woman Dr. Shi Zhengli , had been

  • working with humanized animals for more than a decade.

  • Here's a paper from 2008,

  • talking about using chimeras for coronavirus research.

  • What is news is that we've learned researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were specifically

  • infecting humanized mice with bat coronaviruses in early 2019...

  • and they were trying to see if they could get the bat coronaviruses to infect human

  • tissue.

  • I wonder if they were successful?

  • But of course we may never know for sure, because the Chinese Communist Party is preventing

  • any investigation into the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and they destroyed a lot of the

  • lab's research last year.

  • So we have no idea if their research was connected to the coronavirus that became a global pandemic.

  • But at this point, the more I listen tothe sciencethe more terrified I become!

  • This is how we get Planet of the Mice!

  • But with that out of the way, this week on July 1, the world wished the Chinese Communist

  • Party a happy 100th birthday.

  • And there's a lot to celebrate.

  • Not only has the Chinese regime killed way more people than any other regime in history,

  • but it's also actively made the world a worse place.

  • Global pandemics are just the tip of the iceberg.

  • As US Representative Mike Gallaghersaid on Twitter, “The atrocities we're seeing in

  • Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Tibet today are not a new development.

  • From the very start, brutalizing its own population was hard-wired into the CCP's core DNA.”

  • Which is why he led a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives to send the

  • CCP a birthday card, condemning China's gross violations of human rights.

  • And considering the Chinese Communist Party is literally harvesting the organs of prisoners

  • of conscience, when I say gross human rights violations, it covers all meanings of the

  • word gross.

  • But July 1st has an even more special meaning to the people of Hong Kong.

  • Not only is it the 100th birthday party for the CCP, it's also the 24th anniversary

  • of when China took control of Hong Kong in 1997.

  • And the one-year anniversary of the national security law that took away Hong Kong's

  • freedoms.

  • Now you might have heard the national security law resulted in a mass exodus of Hong Kongers

  • from the city.

  • I'm happy to say that's coming to an end.

  • Because in April authorities passed a law that could be used to stop people from leaving

  • the city.

  • Why would they want to leave?

  • Hong Kong is becoming a delightful police state.

  • Which is what a senior journalist for the now defunct pro-democracy newspaper Apple

  • Daily found out when he was arrested at the airport this week.

  • As pro-Beijing lawmaker Alice Mak said, “If it's a police state, why not?

  • I don't think there's any problem with a police state.

  • When we say a police state, I will view the other side, that is the emphasis on security.”

  • Let's just hope Alice Mak doesn't have a secret world like Alex Mack or else she'll

  • be in big trouble.

  • But to help in the transition to becoming a police state, Hong Kong's security chief,

  • John Lee has been promoted to the number 2 official.

  • There's certainly a lot to celebrate.

  • But please don't, because Hong Kong police have refused to allow a rally marking the

  • handover.

  • And it's not just Hong Kong winning at human rights.

  • China overall has the best human rights in the world!

  • I'll show you how after the break.

  • Welcome back.

  • To mark the 100 year anniversary of the Communist Party, the Communist Party released a white

  • paper about how great human rights are in China.

  • For a hundred years, the CPC has always put people first, applying the principle of

  • universality of human rights in the context of the national conditions.”

  • Yeah, human rights aren't universal.

  • Each country decides for itself what human rights mean.

  • The West shouldn't force its values on China.

  • The Uyghurs are very happy living in their police state paradise.

  • So stop talking about them.

  • How does China define human rights?

  • China's white paprs saysIt regards the rights to subsistence and development as the

  • primary and basic human rights, and believes that living a life of contentment is the ultimate

  • human right.”

  • Like how the Great Leap forward resulted in so much food production, people had *too much*

  • to eat, and then had to fast to lose weight.

  • Unfortunately, 45 million people accidentally ended up fasting to death.

  • We just did an episode about the Great Leap Forward, so check it out if you'd like to

  • learn more.

  • Good news!

  • The CCP is bringing its version of human rights to the rest of the world.

  • According to rights group Safeguard Defenders , the UN is helping China expand its global

  • policing.

  • Are you saying we can all benefit from the wonderful kind of police state they have in

  • Hong Kong?

  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, essentially the UN's anti corruption body,

  • hassigned a cooperation agreement with China's National Supervision Commission

  • its massive extra-judicial policing force - and is refusing to release the secret content

  • of this agreement.”

  • And everyone loves a secret, so how could that be a bad thing?

  • Now don't get crazy.

  • China's National Supervision Commission is only targeting a small minority of the

  • world's population.

  • Only about 300 million people.

  • It exists outside of any country's judicial system, so it's basically a way to make

  • people disappear.

  • You know, like a magic trick.

  • Everyone loves magic tricks.

  • Especially University students.

  • Especially Chinese university students studying in Australia.

  • That's why the Party is keeping a close eye on them.

  • So they, or their family back home in China, can also disappear at any time.

  • That's according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

  • Despite studying thousands of kilometers away from China, many Chinese and Hong Kong students

  • in Australia are harassed and intimidated into censoring their speech and actions.

  • 'I have to censor myself.

  • I come to study in Australia and still I'm not free.'

  • 'There were attempts to dox me, and someone leaked the name of the building I was living

  • in.'

  • 'If you protest against the Chinese Communist Party abroad they will find people you love

  • to make you pay.'"

  • Yes, the Chinese Communist Party has a special kind of magic.

  • That magic also includes manipulating American businesses into serving Beijing's interests.

  • More after the break.

  • Welcome back.

  • According to an upcoming report from the the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,

  • “U.S. businesses are receiving guidance and direction from Chinese officials to influence

  • business operations, investment strategy, and strategic directions.”

  • I don't know, sounds a bit far-fetched to me.

  • In unrelated news, Nike's CEO says 'Nike is a brand that is of China and for China.'

  • Must be all that forced ethnic slave labor.

  • Nike is a brand *of* China's forced labor, and *for* China's authorities.

  • Nike: Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.

  • Of course since the Nike CEO says Nike is a brand that is of China and for China, I

  • guess that means it's not the brand of America.

  • Sss we should probably all stop buying it.

  • But if the Chinese Communist Party has its way, Nike won't be the only company continuously

  • kowtowing to the Chinese regime.

  • Every company, and government really should as well, if they know what's good for them.

  • That was one message from Xi Jinping's speech celebrating the Party's anniversary.

  • That was after a week of celebrations that included a very normal art performance

  • That did not look anything like a dystopian Apple ad.

  • Or North Korea on steroids.

  • In his speech at Tiananmen Square, Xi Jinping said thatWe will never allow any foreign

  • force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us.

  • Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great

  • wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.”

  • That's at least according to the official translation.

  • But as others pointed out, the original Chinese is a bit bloodier than that.

  • The term Xi used literally means people would have theirhead broken and blood flowing”--

  • which sounds a little more violent.

  • So a better translation might be that people who try to cross the Chinese Communist Party

  • will have their skulls crushed against a great wall of steel.