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Diplomacy: Chinese Consulates Work on “Mask Diplomacy” in the U.S.

NBC reported that China has carried out a “mask diplomacy” strategy around the world, burnishing its reputation through the use of massive donations of protective equipment and ventilators. In the U.S., all five Chinese Consulates, including the Chinese Embassy in the U.S., have worked on such donations in exchange for the recipients’ showing appreciation to Beijing.

Critics say that, while the communities receiving the donations genuinely need them, they come with strings attached in the form of propaganda value for China’s government. Chinese state-run media outlets cover these events to showcase China’s generosity toward the struggling communities.

Two senior U.S. officials said the U.S. government has long been concerned about the political activities of the Chinese consulates in that they target local communities and their leaders with propaganda.

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Source: NBC, June 15, 2020
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/chinese-consulates-deploying-mask-diplomacy-u-s-communities-n1231031

Infection Count: Beijing Raised Its Public Health Emergency Response Level to II

Beijing has become the new Coronavirus pandemic center in China. The following are some recent developments in Beijing:

1, 2, 3: Between June 11 and June 15, Beijing reported 106 confirmed infection cases. There was 1 case on June 11, 6 cases on June 12, 36 cases on June 13, 36 cases on June 14, and 27 cases on June 15. (Beijing Municipal Health Commission website)

{Editor’s note: Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is known for hiding infection information, the actual number could be higher than the figure the government released.}

4: Nine districts in Beijing have reported infection cases. Three provinces also reported infection cases as a result of transmissions from Beijing patients, including Hebei (3 cases), Liaoning (2 cases), and Sichuan (1 case).

On June 16, the Beijing government announced it would raise its public health emergency response level from level III to level II. (China News Agency)

5: A medical staff member working in an emergency room in a Beijing hospital revealed to Radio Free Asia, that hospitals in Beijing have received information from the authorities that a massive outbreak is likely to occur in one to two weeks. A medical service provider said that the population of people who might have been exposed to the virus is large: In the past two weeks, over 100,000 people had been to Xinfadi, which was said to be the origin of this round of infections; these people are considered t have had close contact with the infected patients. Furthermore, there are an additional several hundred thousand people who had contact with the first group of 100,000 people. (Radio Free Asia)

6: Fengtai District, Beijing declared a rumor as a message: Tens of thousands of people from Xinfadi were transported to Tangshan City, Hebei Province for quarantine. The authorities gave the correct information: Since June 14, nearly ten thousand people working in Xinfadi have been transported to several districts in Beijing for “centralized observation” (a euphemism for quarantine). (QQ)

7: After raising its public health emergency response level to level II, Beijing has prohibited people connected to Xinfadi or who live in the vicinity of the areas with high infection risks from leaving the city. All schools, from kindergartens all the way to universities will stop school starting June 17.  (Beijing News)

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Medical Supplies: A Fake Medical Products Company Serves Over 1300 Chinese Medical Equipment Suppliers

During the coronavirus pandemic, over 1,300 Chinese medical equipment companies have used the same agency company, which seems to be a fake company in the U.S.

The agency company, CCTC Service Inc., said to be registered in Delaware, uses the address of a three-bedroom house in Wilmington, Delaware. However, neither the renters nor the landlord of the house said they had heard of CCTC or any Chinese company. The Delaware database of companies did not contain this company’s name.

In June, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against a Chinese company King Year Printing and Packaging Co. Ltd., for selling about 500,000 problematic face masks to the U.S. with counterfeit certification and for submitting false registration information to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CCTC is the agency company for King Year. The Department of Justice’s filing said that CCTC didn’t return its email inquiry and that it had reason to believe that CCTC is a fabricated company.

CCTC is owned by a company called “Shenzhen CCT Testing Technology Co., Ltd.” It is headquartered in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China. The company charges each Chinese medical equipment supplier 5,000 yuan (US $705) to represent them to register face mask products with the FDA.

Shenzhen CCT Testing Technology registered a new agency company called CCTC Services United, Inc. with the State of Colorado on May 13. However, Shenzhen CCT Testing Technology started using the new agency company for business in March, two months before registering it. There is also an issue with the new company. Its address is a post office box, which the FDA does not allow.

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Infection Count: Beijing Is Suffering Coronavirus Infections

Coronavirus infections have occurred in Beijing. The city is exercising a “wartime” mechanism in some parts of the city. Several provinces and cities warned their residents not to go to Beijing.

1. China’s National Health Commission reported one coronavirus infection case in Beijing on June 11 and another six on June 12. Most of the infection cases were traced back to the Xinfadi agricultural products wholesale market in Fengtai District, Beijing. Authorities conducted a nucleic acid test on 1,940 people working in the agricultural products wholesale fields. Out of the 517 test samples from the Xinfadi wholesale market, an additional 45 people tested positive.

Fengtai District started a “wartime” mechanism. It locked down 11 residential communities with people watching the entrance around the clock, discontinued schooling for 3 elementary schools and 6 kindergartens in the vicinity of the Xinfadi wholesale market, conducted traffic control at the Xinfadi exit from the highway, and blocked several streets next to the market.

Liaoning Province reported 2 asymptomatic infection cases on June 12. Both victims had close contact with the confirmed patients in Beijing. (Radio France International)

2. On June 13 and 14, Qian’an City in Hebei Province, Tongliao City in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Binhai District of Tianjin City, Liaoning Province, Suzhou City in Jiangsu Province, Luliang City in Shanxi Province, and both Daqing and Harbin Cities in Heilongjiang Province issued warnings or directly stated that residents should avoid traveling to Beijing unless the trip is absolutely necessary. (Beijing Daily)

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Propaganda and Lies: China Published White Paper on Fighting the Pandemic

On June 7, China released a white paper titled, “Fighting COVID-19: China in Action.” With around 37,000 Chinese characters and over 60 pages in length, the document records the self-praise of China’s efforts and achievements in its fight against the coronavirus and in its economic recovery. It rarely mentioned the authorities’ mistakes in handling the pandemic.

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Infection Count: Hong Kong University Professor: Hubei May Have 2.2 Million People Infected

Yuan Guoyong, a Microbiology Professor at Hong Kong University, led his team to test 452 people who had no coronavirus symptoms and who came to Hong Kong from Hubei Province. The team found that 17 people, or about 3.8 percent, had the coronavirus antibody already, which indicated that they had been infected in the past.

Using that ratio, Yuan’s team estimated that, in Hubei province, there could be 2.2 million people, out of a total population of 59 million, infected with the coronavirus.

As of June 9, The Chinese Communist Party reported only 68,135 cases of infection  in Hubei.

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Internet Report: Chinese Embassy Is Involved in the U.S. Riots

A YouTube video indicated that the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. is involved in the U.S. Riots.

The video clip at time 1:05 to 1:18 shows that protesters were throwing stones and the police fired tear gas. The host said that it was in front the White House in the evening on May 31. A Chinese voice shouted out, “Leave quickly! Leave, Leave, Leave, Leave, Leave!” (“快走!走、走、走、走、走!“)

The author of the video tweeted on his Twitter account “@一剑飘尘06” with a link to the video. His tweet said,

“Major Breaking News: The Chinese military attaché is related to the White House riots! The Chinese words ‘leave quickly’ (were recorded) on the spot and (it showed that) the Chinese Consulate had arranged for the thugs presence! Clear evidence! The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is behind the unrest in the U.S. How could (the CCP) be so unscrupulous? Is this a problem of the (communist) system? Can the U.S. government legally repress (the riots)?”

The author also posted a screenshot of a statement from WeChat that he said a netizen in Washington, DC provided to him. It was about a WeChat conversation among people at the Chinese Embassy. The conversation read as follows:

“Who shouted in Chinese on the site? Didn’t we say that (our people should) stay at the back and remain low key, and just leave after finishing (the work)?”

“Yeah, shouted very loudly. Now the video is spreading all over the U.S.”

“Military Attaché Zhang also went to the site. None of these people followed discipline.”

A comment after the Tweet said, “The Military Attaché at the China’s Embassy indeed has the surname Zhang. Major General Zhang Li once served as an attaché in China’s Embassy in Thailand. He became an attaché (in Washington) in 2018.”

Radio France International also reported the “leave quickly” video. It also reported that a Tweet by account “@魏歌” said that the U.S. police arrested three Chinese students during the riot in Santa Monica, California. The students admitted that the local Chinese consulate directed them to parade along with the African Americans and stir up looting, to “carry forward their patriotism and make new contributions for the CCP and China.”

It also reported that some Chinese students posted Louis Vuitton bags on the Internet. They looted the bags during the riots. One student said, “I love the CCP and I love my motherland. The U.S. owes our China many debts. Just a few bags; they don’t need to be so stingy.”

Sources:

1. YouTube

2. Twitter, Account @一剑飘尘06, June 2, 2020


3. Screenshot of the WeChat conversation:

4. Radio France International, June 4, 2020
http://www.rfi.fr/cn/中国/20200604-中国留学生参加西雅图暴徒抢劫-美国非裔骚乱可见中国人身影

Stability Control: The CCP Uses the Police’ Big Data System to Identify Infection Suspects

The Epoch Times reported that, based on official documents that it received, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using the police’ big data system to help identifying people who are suspected of having the coronavirus infection. The police, called public security in China, has established its big data system based on monitoring Chinese people’s phone conversations, mobile apps, mobile payments, phone locations, and information extracted from other sources.

The document “Jilin City’s People to Test” on May 22 showed that 2,048 people in Jilin City, Jilin Province were suspected of having the coronavirus infection and needed to be tested. Among them, 1,006 were identified from the police’ big data system and many people are residents in other provinces, indicating the police’s big data system has been connected across different regions.

The document “Registration List of People to Test” from Yanbian Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province showed 4,167 people to be tested. Of those, 3,255 were identified from the police’ big data system. However, the information about over 600 people from the police’ big data system was inaccurate (they could not find the person). This indicates the big data system is not yet very reliable.

A May 16 report from the Jilin Province Disease Prevention and Control Center showed that a patient could not recall his activities from April 29 to May 3. Therefore the authorities recommended using the police’ big data system.

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