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21 million Chinese died of Covid: US intelligence

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A new data intercepted by the United States reveals that 21 million people died in China from December 2019 to March 2020, US intelligence officials conclude in a classified report for the Trump administration.

The Intelligence report stated that at least 20.9 million of the deaths were linked to coronavirus.

According to the US, the intercepted data that shows that China underreported its coronavirus infections and deaths was validated for a second time when it tallied with a data released by Beijing authorities. Beijing announced on March 19 that over 21 million cell phone accounts in China were canceled in the past three months while 840,000 landlines were closed.

China had reported little over 81,000 infections with 3,300 deaths.

An earlier intelligence report released by the US that China hid scale of the outbreak was quickly rejected by Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Hua said the country had been “open and transparent” about the extent of the outbreak before accusing Washington of trying to “shift the blame.”

But US officials say the report has been authenticated and has been confirmed that the closing of the phones numbers were as result of deaths caused by coronavirus. “Cell phones are an indispensable part of life in China and its only closed when the user is dead”, the report said.

“The digitization level is very high in China. People can’t survive without a cell phone,” Tang Jingyuan, a U.S.-based China Affairs commentator told The Epoch Times on March 21. “Dealing with the government for pensions and social security, buying train tickets, shopping… no matter what people want to do, they are required to use cell phones.”

“The Chinese regime requires all Chinese use their cell phones to generate a health code. Only with a green health code are Chinese allowed to move in China now,” Tang said. “It’s impossible for a person to cancel his cell phone.”

US intelligence agencies warned of virus in November

China introduced mandatory facial scans on Dec. 1, 2019 to confirm the identity of the person who registered the phone. As early as Sept. 1, 2010, China required all cell phone users to register the phone with their real identification (ID), by which the state can control people’s speech via its large-scale monitoring system.

Furthermore, Chinese people have to bundle their bank accounts and social security account with their cell phone because all these service’s Apps can detect the phone’s SIM card and then check with the state’s database to make sure the number belongs to the person.

Beijing first launched cell phone-based health codes on March 10. All people in China have to install a cell phone app and register their personal health information. Then the app can generate a QR code, which is possible in three colors, to classify people’s health level. Red means the person has an infectious disease. Yellow means the person might have an infectious disease. Green means the person doesn’t have an infectious disease.

The number of cell phone users decreased from 1.600957 billion to 1.579927 billion, which is 21.03 million less. Landline users dropped from 190.83 million to 189.99 million, which is 0.84 million less.

In February 2019, the number increased. According to MIIT’s announcements on March 26, 2019 and Dec. 20, 2018, the cell phone users increased in February 2019 from 1.5591 billion to 1.5835 billion, which is 24.37 million more. The landline users raised from 183.477 million to 190.118 million, which is 6.641 million more.

According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, the country’s population at the end of 2019 was 4.67 million larger than 2018, and reached 1.40005 billion.

The 2020 decrease in landline users may be due to the nationwide quarantine in February, during which small businesses were shut down. But the decrease in cell phone users can’t be explained in this way.

According to the operation data of all three Chinese cell phone carriers, cell phone accounts increased in December 2019, but dropped steeply in 2020.

China Mobile is the largest carrier, and holds about 60 percent of the Chinese cell phone market. It reported that it lost 7.254 million cell phone accounts in February, and 0.862 million in January. But in Dec. 2019, it gained 3.732 million more users.

Foreign Policy ‘s morning brief adds :

The Trump administration failed to act on numerous signals from public health experts and White House advisors as the coronavirus reached the United States, leading to a delayed response and allowing the virus to spread, according to reporting by the New York Times over the weekend.

It follows earlier reporting that trade advisor Peter Navarro had alerted the Trump administration to the dangers of the coronavirus reaching the United States in a memo on January 29 and warnings from the U.S. intelligence community throughout January and February.

U.S. President Donald Trump has pushed back, citing the limited restrictions imposed on travelers from China on Jan. 31 as proof that the administration acted. The White House announced public health guidelines on March 16, but has largely left it up to states to decide the level of restriction to put on its citizens.

Fauci appears to confirm New York Times report. Speaking to CNN on Sunday, infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci appeared to side with the Times’ reporting. Asked whether an earlier shutdown would have meant more lives saved Fauci replied that “You could logically say, that if you had a process that was ongoing, and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives.”

Today the United States has the highest recorded number of coronavirus cases worldwide at over 560,000. The next closest is Spain with just over 166,000 cases. The U.S. death toll is also the world’s highest, with over 22,000 of the world’s roughly 115,000 deaths attributed to coronavirus recorded in the United States.

How far back do the U.S. intelligence warnings go? According to a report by ABC News, concerns were raised about a potential coronavirus pandemic as far back as November in a report by the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI). The U.S. Department of Defense, which oversees the NCMI, has denied that any such report exists.

Writing in Foreign Policy in late March, Micah Zenko described the coronavirus pandemic as “worst intelligence failure in U.S. history.” “The White House detachment and nonchalance during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak will be among the most costly decisions of any modern presidency,” he wrote.

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10 Comments
  1. Vasantha Machaiah says

    The religion of humanity alone will be practiced by the educated , enlightened population , they continue to stay with the religion in which they are registered for the sake of fellowship . But the idea of god changed for good that is god is everything and nothing is not god . God will not be treated as a separate entity . Creator and creation is one and the same . People would have the clarity of distinction between god and religion . Uneducated lot will not be manipulated more than before. Humanity will be at play . Every human being will know his power of fair bargaining consciously . World gets better . Population will be consciously reduced with less babies or no babies . Adoption of babies will be next big fashion statement .

    1. Rajagopal says

      The selfish attitude and arrogance of Advanced countries are responsible for the situation now what they are facing. All the western countries preferred China over India fully knowing that China is practicing authoritarian politics and their data is manipulative and there is no press freedom.China tried to cover up the deadly covid 19 but went beyond control. The result is catastrophic and the entire human activities came to a grinding halt. All the UN bodies are now struggling to stay relevant particularly WHO. This is not only intelligence failure but also a massive political failure of USA and Europe investing so much in China. Chinese Road corridor facilitated easy and quick transmission of covid 19 across the globe. The recovery us ling and painful.

      1. Tabassum says

        Us president Trump’s tour was not important for our Indian govt , if they had acted quickly abt the virus and stopped the international flights this situation would not have been raised.

    2. N S Reddy says

      I agree with Tabassum. Our P M Modi should have stopped all International flights at the end of Feb 2020 . That could have saved INDIA for sure.

  2. Radhe says

    During the early stages of Coronavirus Mr President have busy schedule with Mr Modi… India trip, I don’t think it’s intelligence failure.

  3. Gaja says

    COVID 19 is not going to go off anytime soon. All the countries have to ensure that follow up measures both with healthcare and with economy is in place so as employment recovers quickly, and to ensure that there is a geo political shift of power in Asia. There should always be a backup plan for such eventualities

    1. Prasanth Menon says

      In this situation i would like to recollect some of the eminent personalities mentioned that the coming century India will lead as the top economy and the whole world will follow us. This CORONA Pandemic changed mindsets of many countries as now they realised that china as a country is traitor and selfish government even they don’t care about human life so India is the next best option to invest in many sectors and our political leadership at the moment is the best compared to any country in the world. Change is inevitable !

  4. Truth says

    Correct, India is the best country now :
    Absolutely no corruption
    Politicians do not rape
    Absolutely no kidnapping, especially little ones
    Our Politicians do not loot people’s money
    Businessman do not take billions of money and easily run away from India
    Our Police do not themselves destroy properties and put the blame on peaceful protesters to screw them
    The powerful can kill, rape, but not getaway easily.
    Our government staff never take bribe.

    Yes yet we are the best country now.
    Let’s keep the secret to ourselves and not boast around, because it is empty vessels that make noise.

    1. Mithu says

      Absolutely right. Would like to join you in your true patriotism.

  5. R.Ramajayam says

    President Trump a cheap politician played with human in his country differed from good advices and he took arrigant stand which the country lost about 50000 life. He is comedumian and like a bafoon in a circus. People in US feel bad about their selection for President’s post. He became a criminal. He should be impeached –

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