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  • If you don't like how China has handled the coronavirus...

  • you'd better keep your mouth shut.

  • Or else, you're a racist!

  • At least, that's what the Chinese Communist Party says.

  • Welcome back to China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • In our last segment, I showed you how the Chinese Communist Party

  • covered up the coronavirus, and used ruthless authoritarian tactics

  • to suppress its citizens...

  • ...and yet still managed to turn it into a propaganda win.

  • Watch that segment if you haven't already.

  • It's a great lesson on how to create a huge mess

  • and then make everyone believe you are saving them

  • from the mess that you created.

  • But some people here in the west continue to criticize how

  • the Chinese Communist Party has handled the coronavirus.

  • Like how they covered it up for weeks,

  • which is why it's now a global pandemic.

  • That makes it much harder for the Chinese Communist Party

  • to claim they've saved the world.

  • Which is why the Party has a new term for the people who criticize them:

  • Racist.

  • Just look at this article

  • in my favorite Chinese state-run media, the Global Times:

  • Racism shows ugly side as China fights coronavirus.”

  • I feel like the Communist Party really gets us.

  • As soon as they made it about racism,

  • American media latched onto it.

  • And sure, I get it.

  • There have been documented instances of racism,

  • from the predictable to the weird.

  • Like this questionable Corona Time photo from Belgium.

  • And this Mexican performance with a dancing coronavirus,

  • wearing a conical hat and a fu manchu.

  • And then, from New York City...

  • This video, showing a man on the subway

  • spraying an Asian man with Febreze.”

  • Which is not only racist, but also bad science.

  • Febreze cannot neutralize the virus.

  • Also, what kind of person carries around of Febreze?

  • There have also been more serious cases of allegedly racist attacks.

  • Anyway, all this is to say, there have definitely been cases

  • of individuals being racist towards Chinese people

  • or I guess towards Asians in general,

  • since racist people don't always try to make that distinction.

  • But that's not what the Chinese Communist Party is concerned about.

  • What they're doing is accusing governments

  • and media organizations of being racist.

  • And using that to push their own propaganda.

  • For example, in February, as the Chinese economy was crashing

  • from the impact of the Communist Party's massive quarantines,

  • the Wall Street Journal published this editorial,

  • calling China the real sick man of Asia.

  • Sick man of BLANK

  • actually refers to a country that's in trouble economically

  • and that's very clear if you actually read the article.

  • But as I talked about in a previous episode,

  • Sick Man of Asiais a term

  • that has historically been considered racist in China,

  • dating back to the early 20th century.

  • So it's not surprising that Chinese state-run media

  • demanded an apology for theracist headline.”

  • In fact, they published dozens of articles that criticized

  • theracistandanti-Chinareaction to the coronavirus

  • that used the Wall Street Journal article as the main example.

  • And Chinese authorities expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters from China

  • after it came out...

  • ...though the expulsion was probably not really about the headline,

  • as much as it was getting rid of Western journalists in China.

  • Chinese state-run media also cried racism

  • when a newspaper in Denmark published this image.

  • The article criticized the Chinese regime's coverup of the coronavirus.

  • The Chinese embassy demanded an apology.

  • Which they did not get.

  • Because the image wasn't racist against Chinese people.

  • It was satirizing the Chinese government,

  • which allowed the virus to spread

  • because it covered it up for almost two months!

  • Foreign governments are not immune to charges of racism, either.

  • That Chinese state media article says the Australian government's

  • travel ban on people who had recently been in China

  • provoked a new resurgence of racism.”

  • Even though the ban was only on people coming to Australia from mainland China.

  • It did not target ethnically Chinese people coming to Australia from elsewhere,

  • including Taiwan.

  • So the travel ban targeted the country that had the outbreak,

  • not Chinese people.

  • So really, when it comes to media and governments,

  • what we've been seeing is not racism,

  • but words and actions specifically targeted at the country of China

  • and its ruling regime, the Chinese Communist Party.

  • But that nuance is intentionally ignored by the Chinese Communist Party

  • and its state-run media.

  • They want to conflate those issues to play the racism card.

  • Let me show you exactly how they do it.

  • Here's an opinion piece in the LA Times,

  • written by the head of the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles.

  • First he spends half the article

  • praising China's response to the coronavirus,

  • claiming that its response saved the rest of the world,

  • and repeating how the World Health Organization is praising China.

  • This is exactly the type of propaganda spin

  • we talked about in our previous segment.

  • But here's the key paragraph.

  • The Chinese diplomat brings up

  • disturbing reports from around the world about discrimination

  • and stigmatization of the Chinese community.”

  • What kind of discrimination?

  • Xenophobia on social media, attacks on Chinese people,

  • and discrimination against Chinese doctors.

  • Then in the very next sentence, he says,

  • And despite its unparalleled response to the crisis,

  • the Chinese government has been attacked by some people

  • out of ideological prejudice.”

  • In three sentences,

  • this Chinese diplomat equates criticism of the Chinese government

  • with  xenophobia and physical attacks against Chinese people.

  • He's saying they're the same thing.

  • That's the trick.

  • They're taking individual cases of racism,

  • and mixing them with targeted actions against the Chinese government

  • and targeted criticisms of the Chinese regime.

  • And state-run media are spinning it asthe West is racist against China.”

  • Yes, that's the trick and people are falling for it.

  • In fact, Chinese state-run media have even gone so far as to say

  • racism is a worse enemy than the epidemic.

  • Oh right.

  • It's *racism* that's killed 6,000 people in the past two months.

  • In February, Chinese state-run media

  • had criticized the US for implementing a travel ban

  • on people who had recently been inside China.

  • And then in March, Chinese state-run media upped their game:

  • claiming it's racist to even say the coronavirus originated in China.

  • This Global Times article says

  • Some American officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,

  • are using 'Wuhan virus' which is considered a racist term.”

  • So even though the first cases of the coronavirus were in Wuhan, China...

  • it's racist to say that?

  • Yes.

  • Apparently it is.

  • Because starting in late February,

  • Chinese state media began spinning a new narrative:

  • the idea that the coronavirusmay not originate in China.”

  • Yes, the originstill hangs in the air.”

  • And soon, Chinese social media sites began

  • pushing the idea that the virus really originated in the United States.”

  • And then, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson tweeted that,

  • It might be [the] US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”

  • Now, at first glance, this seems crazy.

  • But the more they push that idea,

  • the more people will actually start to question

  • whether it really did start in China,

  • especially when you can't say it did without being called racist.

  • The good news is that the US government

  • is not letting them get away with it.

  • Last week, the State Department summoned the Chinese Ambassador

  • over the Foreign Ministry spokesperson's tweets.

  • And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned China's efforts

  • to shift the coronavirus blame on the US,

  • in a phone call with a communist party official.

  • But that hasn't stopped the Chinese government from pushing the idea

  • that no one knows where the coronavirus really came from.

  • And now, when someone suggests the coronavirus originated in China,

  • they cry racism!

  • What's incredible is how quickly the narrative shifted.

  • Because just 8 weeks ago,

  • Chinese state media had specifically referred to the coronavirus

  • as theWuhan virus.”

  • But what's even more incredible is how some Western media

  • have completely bought into the Chinese Communist Party's narrative

  • about racism.

  • For example, after a US congressman referred to theWuhan virusin a tweet...

  • ...the media jumped on it, saying the remark stirred a 'racism' debate.

  • GOP lawmakers continue to use 'Wuhan virus' or 'Chinese coronavirus'”.

  • AndRepublicans face backlash over racist labeling”.

  • Nicely done, Chinese Communist Party.

  • You know us so well.

  • It's only been a few months since the outbreak.

  • And instead of the West criticizing you for your massive coverup

  • that turned it into a global pandemic that's killed thousands of people,

  • you've got us fighting ourselves over racism.

  • Now, I'm not going to argue about whether the term

  • Chinese coronavirus or Wuhan coronavirus is racist or not.

  • No, I'll be tackling that in an episode of my new show,

  • Racism Unleashed.

  • What's that, Shelley?

  • Ok, I'm being told that's a terrible idea for a show.

  • But my point is, the Chinese Communist Party is using accusations of racism

  • to cover their own butts.

  • The fact that they can also use accusations of racism

  • to get us to fight with each other forever is just a bonus.

  • So dear viewers, I have a suggestion.

  • Let's not call it theWuhan coronavirusor theChinese coronavirus.”

  • It was the Chinese Communist Party that turned a small number of infections

  • into a global pandemic by covering it up

  • and that's exactly what they're trying to distract us from.

  • So let's call it what it really is: TheCCP Coronavirus.”

  • It's hard to argue *that's* racist.

  • Next up, I'll answer a question from a member of our 50-Cent Army.

  • Those are the people who support China Uncensored through Patreon.

  • DeBrainz asks:

  • Does the CCP have any influence in choosing medical managers

  • inside Chinese hospitals?

  • If so, how does it work?

  • In the US, a board of directors chooses the most qualified a

  • nd experienced medical professional in a department to be the manager.”

  • Good question.

  • Broadly speaking, the answer is yes.

  • I'm not saying US hospitals are always a meritocracy.

  • But in China, qualification and experience

  • cannot be the most important criteria in any big organization.

  • That's because organizations with 50-plus employees in China

  • are required to have a Communist Party branch.

  • Party representatives will make sure that the decision-makers in that company

  • are loyal to the Party.

  • A company that's disloyal to the Party will be punished or be shut down,

  • so it's in each company's interest to make sure the people in charge

  • toe the Party line.

  • That's why many people join the Party.

  • It's not because they are fans,

  • but because it's a solid career move.

  • The person in charge might also be qualified professionally,

  • but the Party generally has a hand in who gets promoted.

  • Thanks for your question.

  • And thanks for watching.

  • Support China Uncensored by pledging a dollar or more per episode,

  • so we can keep covering the coronavirus,

  • even as YouTube demonetizes us.

  • Once again, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

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