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Hiding Information: The CCP Tried to Silence Dr. Yan Li-Meng and Discredit Her after She Spoke Out

Dr. Yan Li-Meng, who specialized in virology and immunology at the School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong, came to the U.S. in April 2020, to inform the world that the Chinese government knew as early as late December 2019, that the coronavirus could be transmitted from person to person.

After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) discovered that she had left, it did many things in an attempt to stop her from telling her story. Once she spoke, it attempted to discredit her so nobody would believe what she said.

#1. During her interview with Fox News, Dr. Yan said the Chinese authorities swarmed her hometown of Qingdao and that agents ripped apart her tiny apartment and questioned her parents. When she contacted her mother and father, they pleaded with her to come home, told her she didn’t know what she was talking about and begged her to give up the fight.

The University of Hong Kong, which is under the influence of the CCP, took down her web page and revoked her access to online portals and emails, despite the fact that she was on an approved annual leave. The university sent a statement to Fox News, claiming, “Dr. Yan Li-Meng is no longer a staff member at the University.” (Fox News)

#2. (Unconfirmed) An online account reported that the Fox News’ interview with Dr. Yan was originally planned to be released on July 9. However, someone (it may have been Cui Tiankai, China’s Ambassador to the U.S.) made eight phone calls to relevant offices (to stop the release). Xi Jinping called the White House four times. Xi threatened, “This interview must not be broadcasted. Otherwise there will be consequences.” (Sound of Hope)

#3. The University of Hong Kong denied that Dr. Yan had done research on person-to-person transmission at the university from December 2019 to January 2020. Its web page stated: “University of Hong Kong noticed that some relevant report did not match the key facts that we understood. Actually, from December 2019 to January 2020, Yan Li-Meng did not conduct any research at the University of Hong Kong, on the person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus that she mentioned in her interview.” (Hong Kong University website).

#4. A news commentator pointed out on Twitter that the University of Hong Kong’s statement was a fallacy and a shift of the actual meaning. The University of Hong Kong’s statement only said that from December 2019 to January 2020, Dr. Yan didn’t conduct coronavirus research at the University of Hong Kong. It didn’t confirm or deny that Dr. Yan did anything outside of the university. In fact, Dr. Yan said in her interview that in December 2019, she contacted her network of medical contacts in China to gather information, because the CCP blocked information from coming to Hong Kong or other overseas researchers.

After the statement from the University of Hong Kong, the CCP media expanded its comments to such statements as. “Yan Li-Meng Has Never Conducted Research on Person-to-Person Transmission of the Novel Coronavirus.” (Sound of Hope)

Related postings on Chinascope:

1. Source: Fox News, July 10, 2020

2. Excerpt in Chinese:



Source: Sound of Hope, July 11, 2020

3. Excerpt in Chinese:


Source: Hong Kong University website, July 11, 2020

4. Excerpt in Chinese:





Source: Sound of Hope, July 13, 2020