UK Alarm Over ‘Disinformation’ From China

Jane Werrell
By Jane Werrell
April 9, 2020UK
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Anger is growing over the Chinese regime’s attempts to cover up the origins of the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. British politicians have warned that disinformation is “costing lives,” while a UK think tank says the Chinese Communist Party should be sued.

According to foreign policy think tank the Henry Jackson Society, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) failed to disclose vital information about the initial CCP virus outbreak and could be liable to compensate the world’s top seven economies at least $4 trillion.

Matthew Henderson, co-author of a report from the society, said in an interview with NTD: “If you allow a rogue state like this… get close to you, whether you are Iran or Britain, you’re in trouble.

“Now we’re in trouble, because we have far too much in our setup already that gives the Chinese pressure points they can apply to us.”

He added, “We have to continue to apply pressure on the Chinese authorities to share all and every bit of information they possess for the greater good of humanity.”

Unreliable figures and information coming from China mean the true scale of the tragedy within the country is unknown. As the virus continues to infect and take lives inside and outside China, many people are demanding answers.

Several lawsuits have already been launched in the United States suing the regime for the economic damage the pandemic has caused to Americans.

Some British lawmakers are criticizing the CCP’s initial cover-up of the pandemic.

Politicians from the UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee said that disinformation from China is “costing lives.” They said governments must “confront and rebut disinformation” spread by foreign powers.

Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat said in a statement that Beijing let disinformation spread as quickly as the virus.

Lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith, former leader of the UK’s Conservative Party, told NTD that China’s behavior can no longer continue.

“They seem now to be putting misinformation out all over the place, even trying to blame the United States.

“Some blamed Italy and said it had an outbreak in September and didn’t tell anybody,” he said.

“Many other countries have had enough of this behavior from China, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop.”

“What we have tried to do, and it’s an experiment that I’m afraid that’s failed, is to allow China to have full access and behave as though they are a free market, whilst we ignore the nature of the government that’s in charge,” he said.

Duncan Smith in March tabled an amendment that sets a time limit on Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei’s role in the UK’s 5G network. He has subsequently indicated that the British government is unlikely to use Huawei.

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