By Pepe Escobar
February 22, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - The
New Silk Roads – or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
– were launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013,
first in Central Asia (Nur-Sultan) and then
Southeast Asia (Jakarta).
One year later, the Chinese economy overtook
the U.S. on a PPP basis. Inexorably, year after
year since the start of the millennium, the U.S.
share of the global economy shrinks while
China is already the key hub of the global
economy and the
leading trade partner of nearly 130 nations.
While the U.S. economy is hollowed out, and
the casino financing of the U.S. government –
repo markets and all – reads as a dystopian
nightmare, the civilization-state steps ahead in
myriad areas of technological research, not
least because of
Made in China 2025.
China largely beats the U.S. on
patent filings and produces at least 8 times
STEM graduates a year than the U.S., earning
the status of top contributor to global science.
A vast array of nations across the Global
South signed on to be part of BRI, which is
planned for completion in 2049. Last year alone,
Chinese companies signed contracts worth up to
$128 billion in large-scale infrastructure
projects in dozen of nations.
The only economic competitor to the U.S. is
busy reconnecting most of the world to a 21st
century, fully networked version of a trade
system that was at its peak for over a
millennia: the Eurasian Silk Roads.
Inevitably this state of things is something
interlocking sectors of the U.S. ruling class
simply would not accept.
BRI as a “pandemic”
As the usual suspects fret over the
“stability” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
and the Xi Jinping administration, the fact is
the Beijing leadership has had to deal with an
accumulation of extremely severe issues: a
swine-flu epidemic killing half the stock; the
Trump-concocted trade war; Huawei accused of
racketeering and about to be prevented from
buying U.S. made chips; bird flu; coronavirus
virtually shutting down half of China.
Add to it the incessant United States
government Hybrid War propaganda
barrage, trespassed by acute Sinophobia;
everyone from sociopathic “officials” to
self-titled councilors are either
advising corporate businesses to divert
global supply chains out of China or
concocting outright calls for regime
change – with every possible
demonization in between.
There are no holds barred in the all-out
offensive to kick the Chinese government while
A Pentagon cipher at the Munich Security
Conference once again declares China as the
greatest threat, economically and
militarily, to the U.S. – and by extension the
West, forcing a wobbly EU already subordinated
to NATO to be subservient to Washington on this
remixed Cold War 2.0.
The whole U.S. corporate media complex
repeats to exhaustion that Beijing is “lying”
and losing control. Descending to sub-gutter,
racist levels, hacks even accuse BRI itself of
being a pandemic, with China “impossible to
All that is quite rich, to say the least,
oozing from lavishly rewarded slaves of an
unscrupulous, monopolistic, extractive,
destructive, depraved, lawless oligarchy which
uses debt offensively to boost their unlimited
wealth and power while the lowly U.S. and global
masses use debt defensively to barely survive.
As Thomas Piketty has conclusively shown,
inequality always relies on ideology.
We’re deep into a vicious intel war. From the
point of view of Chinese intelligence, the
current toxic cocktail simply cannot be
attributed to just a random series of
coincidences. Beijing has serial motives to
piece this extraordinary chain of events as part
of a coordinated Hybrid War, Full Spectrum
Dominance attack on China.
Enter the Dragon Killer working hypothesis: a
bio-weapon attack capable of causing immense
economic damage but protected by plausible
deniability. The only possible move by the
“indispensable nation” on the New Great Game
chessboard, considering that the U.S. cannot win
a conventional war on China, and cannot win a
nuclear war on China.
biological warfare weapon?
On the surface, coronavirus is a dream
bio-weapon for those fixated on wreaking havoc
across China and praying for regime change.
Yet it’s complicated.
This report is a decent effort trying to
track the origins of coronavirus. Now compare it
with the insights by Dr. Francis Boyle,
international law professor at the University of
Illinois and author, among others, of
Biowarfare and Terrorism. He’s the man who
drafted the U.S. Biological Weapons
Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989 signed into law by
George H. W. Bush.
Dr. Boyle is convinced coronavirus is an
“offensive biological warfare weapon” that
leaped out of the Wuhan BSL-4 laboratory,
although he’s “not saying it was done
Dr. Boyle adds, “all these BSL-4 labs by
United States, Europe, Russia, China, Israel are
all there to research, develop, test biological
warfare agents. There’s really no legitimate
scientific reason to have BSL-4 labs.” His own
research led to a whopping $100 billion, by
2015, spent by the United States government on
bio-warfare research: “We have well over 13,000
alleged life science scientists… testing
biological weapons here in the United States.
Actually this goes back and it even precedes
Dr. Boyle directly accuses “the
Chinese government under Xi and his comrades” of
a cover up “from the get-go. The first reported
case was December 1, so they’d been sitting on
this until they couldn’t anymore. And everything
they’re telling you is a lie. It’s propaganda.”
The World Health Organization (WHO), for Dr.
Boyle, is also on it: “They’ve approved many of
these BSL-4 labs (…) Can’t trust anything the
WHO says because they’re all bought and paid for
by Big Pharma and they work in cahoots with the
CDC, which is the United States government, they
work in cahoots with
Fort Detrick.” Fort Detrick, now a
cutting-edge bio-warfare lab, previously was a
notorious CIA den of mind control “experiments”.
Relying on decades of research in
bio-warfare, the U.S. Deep State is totally
familiar with all bio-weapon overtones. From
Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Korea,
Vietnam and Fallujah, the historical record
shows the United States government does not
blink when it comes to unleashing weapons of
mass destruction on innocent civilians.
For its part, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced
Research Project Agency (DARPA) has spent a
fortune researching bats, coronaviruses and
gene-editing bio-weapons. Now, conveniently – as
if this was a form of divine intervention –
DARPA’s “strategic allies” have been chosen to
develop a genetic vaccine.
The 1996 neocon Bible, the Project for a New
American Century (PNAC), unambiguously stated,
“advanced forms of biological warfare that can
“target” specific genotypes may transform
biological warfare from the realm of terror to a
politically useful tool.”
There’s no question coronavirus, so far, has
been a Heaven-sent politically useful tool,
reaching, with minimum investment, the desired
targets of maximized U.S. global power – even if
fleetingly, enhanced by a non-stop propaganda
offensive – and China relatively isolated with
its economy semi paralyzed.
Yet perspective is in order. The CDC
estimated that up to 42.9 million people got
sick during the 2018-2019 flu season in the U.S.
No less than 647,000 people were hospitalized.
And 61,200 died.
This report details the Chinese “people’s
war” against coronavirus.
It’s up to Chinese virologists to decode its
arguably synthetic origin. How China reacts,
depending on the findings, will have
earth-shattering consequences – literally.
the stage for the Raging Twenties
After managing to reroute trade supply chains
across Eurasia to its own advantage and hollow
out the Heartland, American – and subordinated
Western – elites are now staring into a void.
And the void is staring back. A “West” ruled by
the U.S. is now faced with irrelevance. BRI is
in the process of reversing at least two
centuries of Western dominance.
There’s no way the West and especially the
“system leader” U.S. will allow it. It all
started with dirty ops stirring trouble across
the periphery of Eurasia – from Ukraine to Syria
Now it’s when the going really gets tough.
The targeted assassination of Maj. Gen.
Soleimani plus coronavirus – the Wuhan flu –
have really set up the stage for the Raging
Twenties. The designation of choice should
actually be WARS – Wuhan Acute Respiratory
Syndrome. That would instantly give the game
away as a War against Humanity – irrespective of
where it came from.
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