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Mobile Waste and Animal Corpse Incinerators in Wuhan

China shipped 40 “Mobile Waste and Animal Corpse Disposal Modules” to Wuhan. A manufacturer in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province converted a “mobile medical waste incinerator” to a mobile module that can handle both waste and animal corpses. It could burn 5 tons of waste a day.

Professor Qu Zan from Shanghai Jiao Tong University said that the key to treating medical waste is to kill the virus and the bacteria. The virus cannot live if the module burns the waste at a temperature of 850 Celsius for over two seconds.

According to Xinmin Evening News, a newspaper from Shanghai, each module is of the size of a 20 foot container, with a volume of about 30 cubic meters. It has three parts: a solid waste crushing cabin, an incineration cabin, and a gas purification cabin. It provides mobile disposal solutions for domestic waste, medical waste, and animal corpses.

People, after reading the news, questioned whether it was intended to burn human corpses.

Chinascope did a search on the Internet and found a related report dated 2018 from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Agricultural Committee, Executive Yuan, Taiwan. The report talked about participating in Japan’s “Epidemic Prevention Drill of Mobile Livestock Rendering Facility.” The mobile modules would crush the cow or pig carcass, sterilize the meat slurry, package them into sealed containers, and then send them to the incinerator. Continue reading

Local Government: Xiaogan City, Hubei Province Sealed Residents’ Doors from the Outside

Liberty Times reported that an Internet video showed a scene that was likely to be taken on a street in Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, which had implemented “Wartime Control.”

The video showed that buildings along the street were all sealed from the outside using blocks. People were working on nailing the blocks in place. People watching the video asked how the residents on the inside could escape if there was a fire or how they could go to the hospital if they were infected with the coronavirus.

Local residents reported that, even so, people still managed to get together to play mahjong or cards.

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Lack of Action: “Voice of China” Internally Reported to Higher Ups about Coronavirus on Jan 1

In one of its own documents, the China Media Group (中央广播电视总台), also known as Voice of China, stated that, on January 1, 2020, it released an internal reference report (内参) to the higher ups regarding the coronavirus in Wuhan.

Staff from its Wuhan station conducted research on the issue on December 31 and created two reports, including data, analysis, and recommendations, and circulated them to the higher ups on January 1. It didn’t mention who was included in its circulation, but normally it should have reached the top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders and the Central government.

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Lack of Action: Both Central and Local Governments Didn’t Do Enough

Ming Pao reported that, according to sources in Beijing, the Wuhan Coronavirus information was reported to the top leaders in early January, but both the Central leader and local leaders didn’t take enough action.

  • At the end of December 2019, China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was involved.
  • In early January, China’s CDC reported to the National Health Committee and top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
  • On January 6, Gao Fu, head of China’s CDC, requested CDC to start a level II emergency response.
  • On January 7, at the CCP Politburo Standing Committee meeting (coronavirus was not the main topic), Central leaders requested to pay attention on the prevention, but also requested not to create fear that would impact the festival mood of the people celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year. Hubei and Wuhan didn’t take severe actions.
  • On January 20, Zhong Nanshan stated that the virus could be transmitted from person to person, but it took three days for Hubei and Wuhan to decide to lock down these cities.

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Resuming Work: Jiangxi and Guizhou Provinces Work on Fully Resuming Production

As many provinces are hesitant to resume production out of fear of the coronavirus infection, two provinces in China, Jiangxi and Guizhou, have started working on fully resuming production.

On February 13, after Xi Jinping warned that excessive measures to contain the coronavirus could harm the economy, Jiangxi, a neighboring province of Hubei, called for combining the epidemic prevention efforts and resuming production efforts together. The Paper reported that it is the first province that has tried to resume production. It issued an order on February 16 that businesses do not need to apply for approval to resume production; employees returning to work do not need to provide health certificates; and employees, if not from Hubei province, do not need to be quarantined.

By February 16, Guizhou had removed 1,976 epidemic testing check points including 467 check points on highways. Among its 96 counties and districts (inside major cities), 41 had restored public transit and taxi services and 21 counties had restored intra-province bus services.

[Editor’s Note: Jiangxi Provincial Party Secretary Liu Qi served under Xi when Xi was Zhejiang Provincial Party Secretary. Three previous Guizhou Party Secretaries were Li Zhanshu (Head of People’s Congress), Zhao Kezhi (Minister of Public Security), and Chen Min’er. They were either Xi’s close allies or his subordinates.]

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Infection Count: On February 13, Caixin Questioned Wuhan Infection Number

Caixin is a Beijing-based media group providing financial and business news and information. It was founded in 2010 by Hu Shuli (胡舒立), who was known for his outspoken style.

On February 13, Caixin published an article questioning the accuracy of the officially reported Wuhan infection count. It stated, “How many people have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Wuhan is a mystery.” “Chen Yixin, Deputy Director of the Central government’s epidemic control leading group, pointed out that we should have a clear understanding of the uncertainty of the Wuhan epidemic. The base of Wuhan’s infected patients has not been collected and there is no precise estimate of the scale of the spread either. Some related offices have estimated that the potential infection count at Wuhan may possibly be very high.”

It then quoted a paper on medRxiv which stated that the conservative estimate would be 54,000 infected and the high estimate would be 90,000. According to China’s official number, as of February 13, Wuhan had 32,994 infection cases.

[Editor’s Note: It is rare to see Caixin, a Chinese media, questioning the official number. Its estimate may not mean much as it still faces political constraint on how high a number it can report.]

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Local Government: Beijing Asked for “Patient’s Privacy” to Be Protected

On February 14, 2020, after the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Party Committee issued a “Wartime Status Order” and called for “political security” and “information security,” the Beijing Medical Association, the Beijing Medical Doctor’s Association, and the Beijing Preventive Medical Association jointly issued a proposal to “protect the privacy of the patients and their families.”

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Source: Beijing News, February 14, 2020
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2020/02/14/689404.html

Leadership: Some Chinese Media Showed Voices of Discord

Several media in China have voiced subtle differences in tone from the main theme that Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee have voiced. However small these voices are, they show that the party lacks unity.

People’s Daily: A February 10 Twitter message pointed out that People’s Daily mobile APP had a very interesting design on that day: It had a picture of Xi Jinping visiting the Beijing local community for epidemic control, sandwiched between a text that read, “Go to Wuhan” (on the top) with a big banner, “Go to Wuhan” (at the bottom).

Article link: https://twitter.com/LifetimeUSCN/status/1226859830977019905?s=19.

China Global Television Network (CGTN): It reported that “five suns” had appeared in the sky in Inner Mongolia. In traditional Chinese culture, this was a terrible sign for the current leader. It meant that multiple people would start to challenge the leader or even declare themselves as the new “kings.” (Of course, CGTN only called it an optical phenomenon without touching the ancient Chinese interpretation.) Article link: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-02-16/-Five-suns-appear-in-China-s-Inner-Mongolia-O7So2eq9oY/index.html.

Caixin, a Beijing-based media group established in 2010 by Hu Shuli (胡舒立), who was known for his outspoken style: Has had an article on the Internet since January 27, 2020. In the article, the Wuhan Mayor, Zhou Xianwang, said he reported the coronavirus epidemic to Beijing in December 2019 but was not “authorized” to reveal the information to the public until January 20, 2020. Article link: http://china.caixin.com/2020-01-27/101508817.html. Related Chinascope posting: Leadership: Wuhan Mayor Not “Authorized” to Release Epidemic Information to the Public Before.

Caixin: Since February 13, it has kept an article on its website questioning the official Infection count in Wuhan. Article link: http://www.caixin.com/2020-02-13/101515147.html. Related Chinascope posting: Infection Count: Caixin Questioned Wuhan Infection Number on February 13.

Beijing News, a Beijing-based newspaper: Has kept an article on its website since January 27, 2020. It is similar to Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang’s story that he was not “authorized” to reveal the information to the public before January 20, 2020. Article link: http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2020/01/27/680293.html. Related Chinascope posting: Leadership: Wuhan Mayor Not “Authorized” to Release Epidemic Information to the Public Before.

Red Song Club, a leftist (pro-communist ideology) website: Has kept an article since February 6, 2020, questioning whether the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory might have leaked the coronavirus to the public. Article link: http://m.szhgh.com/show.php?classid=50&id=222546.

Xilu Website, called itself China’s military portal: For many days, it kept the same article on-line challenging the Wuhan lab for leaking the virus but finally took it out. Old link: http://www.xilu.com/20200207/1000010001120545.html.

CAAM: China’s January Automobile Sales Declined Significantly

Xinhua recently reported that, according to the data that the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) just released, January Chinese national automobile manufacturing volume declined 33.5 percent, month-over-month, and 24.6 percent, year-over-year. The sales volume declined 27 percent, month-over-month and 18 percent, year-over-year. Passenger car sales declined 27.1 percent month-over-month and 20.2 percent, year-over-year. New energy source automobile sales declined 54.4 percent year-over-year. According to CAAM officials, the coronavirus impact started later in January, so the numbers do not yet reflect the pandemic. February numbers are expected to be much worse, as they will start to show the impact of the virus on market activities, manufacturing capacity, export limitations, financial bottlenecks and tougher government regulations. In the near term, the Chinese automobile market may have further significant landslides.

Source: Xinhua, February 13, 2020
http://www.xinhuanet.com/auto/2020-02/13/c_1125568965.htm

UDN: Historic Chinese-Vatican Foreign Minister Meeting Signals Warning to Taiwan

United Daily News (UDN), one of the primary Taiwanese news groups, recently reported that, according to the Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi met with the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Paul Gallagher (also known as the foreign minister of the Holy See), in Munich. This is the first time in 70 years. The Vatican described the talk that took place in a cordial atmosphere. On behalf of the Pope, Gallagher expressed his respect and support for China’s fight against the coronavirus and expressed the Vatican’s belief in China’s wisdom and courage. The Vatican issued a statement later affirming China’s effort in the virus battle and the Vatican sided with the people in pain. Given this is the first time the two Foreign Ministers met, it should be considered an important alarm to Taiwan’s foreign affairs work.

Source: UDN, February 15, 2020
https://udn.com/news/story/6809/4347675