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  • The Chinese regime is using the Coronavirus Outbreak

  • as a form of propaganda warfare.

  • And the backlash is huge.

  • This is China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • As more information comes out about the deadly coronavirus,

  • we are finally getting answers.

  • There's been a lot of questions about where the blame

  • for the virus' spread should lay.

  • Chinese people eating bat soup?

  • A leak from a Chinese biolab?

  • A cover up at high levels of the Chinese Communist Party?

  • No!

  • Turns out, America's to blame!

  • Chinese social media sites,

  • are pushing the idea that the virus

  • really originated in the United States.

  • Clips from Taiwanese TV and mistranslated captions

  • from American reporting

  • are used to back up the case.”

  • Like this one, where the Chinese caption says that the CDC

  • confirms the first case of the Coronavirus originated in the US.

  • It's not clear whether that translation was state backed...

  • or if it's just a reading comprehension issue

  • by whoever made the Chinese caption.

  • But the Chinese Communist Party is turning

  • the coronavirus outbreak into a big propaganda push.

  • They published this huge, glossy book called

  • “A Battle Against Epidemic: China Combatting in 2020.”

  • It basically complies all official state media

  • reporting about the coronavirus.

  • And guess what the message is?

  • The Chinese Communist Party,

  • despite all evidence to the contrary,

  • and despite the broad undercurrent of popular anger

  • on Chinese social media,

  • has faced the epidemic with great wisdom

  • and effectiveness from the start.”

  • I get it.

  • We all believe we're the hero of our own story.

  • Even if we're an authoritarian dictatorship

  • that routinely kills our own citizens.

  • To be clear, I'm not using theroyal wehere.

  • Anyway, the book

  • has gotten rave reviews in Chinese media,

  • not least because it was published by their ultimate boss

  • the Central Committee Publicity Department,

  • formerly known as the Propaganda Department.”

  • The Chinese regime is also taking the propaganda battle

  • to American social media banned in China.

  • Like this poll by state-run Xinhua News.

  • In China's fight against the coronavirus outbreak,

  • which part impresses you most?

  • Gosh, there are so many choices!

  • It also doesn't help that the World Health Organization

  • is lavishing praise on how the Chinese Communist Party

  • has responded to the outbreak.

  • One W.H.O. official even said this.

  • If I had COVID-19, I'd want to be treated in China.”

  • Yes, will it be theboxtreatment for you, sir?

  • Or thewelded into your home to starvetreatment?

  • Or perhaps the more plebeianthrown into a hastily built,

  • overcrowded quarantine centertreatment?

  • Meanwhile, the popular WeChat messaging app

  • has been censoring coronavirus content for months.

  • And many citizen journalists and whistleblowers

  • who have spoken out about the coronavirus

  • have been jailed or simply disappeared.

  • But Chinese coronavirus propaganda doesn't always go as planned.

  • State run media released this video of female medical workers

  • getting their heads shaved.

  • It was supposed to be a,

  • wow, look at how dedicated these women are!

  • Shaving their heads so they can fit into their medical gear better.”

  • But it came off more as a group of men

  • humiliating a bunch of women in tears.

  • Chinese internet users were furious.

  • One person wrote on WeChat,

  • Stop using women's bodies as propaganda tools.”

  • Don't worry, that person won't be

  • posting comments like that for long!

  • The Chinese Communist Party

  • is also using coronavirus misinformation

  • to attack Shen Yun.

  • Shen Yun is a New York-based performing arts company.

  • According to its website,

  • it's mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture

  • through the arts.

  • It was also started by Falun Gong practitioners.

  • So the Chinese Communist Party really hates Shen Yun.

  • But since it's based in the US, they can't touch it.

  • So they've started spreading rumors that the dancers

  • are infected with the coronavirus.

  • Even though Shen Yun performers

  • are the least likely Chinese people to be infected

  • because they're literally banned from traveling to China.

  • The Communist Party's propaganda got so bad,

  • that in one city where Shen Yun was performing,

  • the health department had to step in, and be like:

  • Guys, the dancers are not infected.

  • The Salt Lake County Health Department made it clear that,

  • Shen Yun is based in NYC, not China.”

  • This kind of propaganda attack isn't just happening in the US.

  • In South Korea, where the coronavirus outbreak really is severe,

  • a, “theater manager received a phone call from a TV reporter

  • who said that the Chinese Consulate

  • had told the reporter that Shen Yun performers were from Wuhan,”—

  • that's where the outbreak began.

  • But all of the Commuinst Party's attempts

  • to spread propaganda and lies about the coronavirus

  • are only damaging its reputation.

  • Abroad and even inside China.

  • What the Party callsrumors,”

  • are now being taken as truths.

  • “'Rumor is just a prophecy far ahead of our times,'

  • says a quote widely shared online in China in recent weeks.”

  • Taiwan is also accusing the Chinese regime

  • of spreading disinformation, calling it cyber war.

  • This week Taiwan's government reported

  • an increase in fake online reports about the virus on the island,

  • and blamed China's “internet army

  • for being behind the misinformation.”

  • I mean, just because there's an outbreak of a deadly disease,

  • doesn't mean you have to stop being petty.

  • So what do you think about how the Chinese regime

  • has turned the coronavirus outbreak into propaganda warfare?

  • Tell me in the comments below.

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  • As a thank you to them,

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  • Today's question comes from William Adderholdt,

  • The W.H.O.'s name for the coronavirus "COVID-19" hasn't caught on.

  • Any idea why?

  • And what would be a good replacement name?”

  • Good question.

  • Coronavirus is actually the name of a family of diseases.

  • For example, SARS is another type of coronavirus.

  • So in mid-February,

  • the World Health Organization dubbed this new coronavirus disease

  • COVID-19.

  • This was their reasoning behind the name.

  • We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location,

  • an animal, an individual or group of people

  • and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.

  • Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names

  • that can be inaccurate or stigmatising.”

  • And obviously the W.H.O. wouldn't want to do anything

  • that would hurt the feelings of the Chinese Communist Party.

  • But this was already weeks after they declared the coronavirus outbreak

  • a global health emergency and months after the virus

  • first began to spread in China.

  • That was a long time for the public

  • to only havecoronavirusas a name.

  • People got used to it.

  • And it sounds better than COVID-19.

  • What would be a better name for a deadly disease

  • spreading around the world and killing people?

  • Well, sounds like Communism to me.

  • But I think calling it that might just be confusing.

  • Thanks for your question, William.

  • And thank you for watching.

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