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The World Health Organization (WHO), headed by Tedros Adhanom, is once again relying on the United States without accountability for its complicity with the Chinese Communist Party over the handling of the pandemic.
In Joe Biden‘s first days in the White House, the Democratic leader has made key decisions that benefit Beijing. While the Administration has insisted on the importance of stopping the growth of the Communist Party of China (CCP) through democratic strategies, the President made the decision to turn to the World Health Organization (WHO), subjecting the United States to China’s pandemic game.
The CCP has intensified the imposition of values contrary to those of the United States in a series of measures in the economic, military and human rights fields.
The most important goal for China since the COVID-19 pandemic began is to pursue so-called national interests. Such interests are important stakes that Beijing has outlined to achieve its hegemony and overtake the United States by 2028, according to analysts from different media outlets.
The WHO has been a tool that Beijing has used to hide information and avoid responsibility for the management of the pandemic. But the WHO also contributed to Chinese diplomatic achievements and economic growth in 2020.
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Trump’s decision on the WHO
Trump’s Administration decided to abandon the WHO and blamed Tedros and the CCP for the mishandling of the pandemic. According to the media, Trump had two strong arguments against the organization.
First, since WHO is a “public health organization with a global mandate,” it responded ineffectively by issuing erroneous and late information on COVID-19.
Second, Trump insisted that WHO’s failure was due to China’s strong influence over the organization. The relevant information that the Trump Administration had so strongly requested to be investigated was regarding the origin of the virus.
It has been shown that with sufficient information about the origin of epidemics, it’s possible to provide timely scientific management to combat them.
The New York Times reported that the WHO “had made a trip that was originally intended to learn the parameters for investigating the origin of COVID-19 on February 13, 2020.” However, the visit focused on “understanding the outbreak in China to help all countries prepare and protect their populations.”
According to the aforementioned newspaper, when then-health secretary Alex Azar questioned the results of the visit, they discovered that China actually “pulled the U.S. out of the investigations,” which led to Trump’s final decision to suspend support for the WHO.
Some analysts, such as Lawrence O. Gostin, agree that the WHO worked hand in hand with the CCP to hide information about the origin of the virus.
China’s game with COVID-19
January 30th will mark the one-year anniversary of the WHO’s three-week delay in accepting the magnitude of the pandemic. The three weeks that the WHO allowed China to withhold information about the virus have resulted in 100 million people infected and more than 2 million fatalities.
This misinformation caused Europe and the United States to receive millions of infected passengers without any epidemic control.
In mid-January 2020, Tedros visited Xi Jinping in Beijing. At the meeting, the WHO congratulated China’s work and gave in to the demands made by the CCP to delay announcements on the pandemic.
“I will praise China again and again because their actions really helped reduce the spread of the coronavirus to other countries.”Tedros Adhanom, WHO Director, on January 23, 2020 in Beijing
First, China didn’t “fail” to detect the outbreak: it instead preferred to withhold relevant information about the pandemic from local and international media and the international scientific community.
In addition, Tedros’ support for Xi Jinping has served the CCP to expand measures that in the long run have proven ineffective and have undermined the freedom and economy of the West, such as extreme confinement. The United States and Europe have seen their economic growth suffer during 2020, while China has strengthened significantly.
On the other hand, China’s influence in the WHO has also served it well in the diplomatic arena. The WHO’s failure was in Taiwan. The Taiwanese government demonstrated that it can contribute information and experience to combat the pandemic, but the influence that China has in the WHO has prevented Taiwan’s participation.
This organization has also been China’s platform for expanding its vaccine program to developing countries through the COVAX project. Since it is a program to which more than 190 countries belong, China has expanded a diplomatic propaganda with these vaccines.
The press, being in favor of the Communist regime has described the vaccine program as the salvation for poor countries, and all thanks to Beijing.
One of Trump’s most questioned moves was not to support the COVAX program. Many governments and analysts, as well as the international press, saw Trump’s gesture as an abandonment of poor countries by the United States.
Biden goes so far as to back this program, and in so doing he is also backing China’s diplomatic push by not holding the WHO accountable.
The origin of COVID-19 is still unknown
Despite the efforts of the scientific community, the press, and the Trump’s Administration to search for the origin of the virus, China continues to play the WHO’s game.
In early January, the WHO scientific commission finally landed in China to begin investigations, however, the regime prevented the entry of two of the scientists.
The international press published documents from the WHO and the Chinese government in which they agreed that the investigation into the origin of the disease will be conducted in two phases.
The first phase “will be led by Chinese scientists, and outsiders will review their work remotely.” In the second phase “international experts will work with Chinese colleagues.”
The WHO has told the press that it is too “early” to know the origin of the virus, a year into strict confinements at its epicenter.
The Biden Administration has made the decision to support the WHO, which gave concessions to China at the expense of millions of victims whose countries have not been able to control the pandemic.
Camilo Bello is a consultant focused on Asia Pacific studies and has experience in strategic management. He has studied law in Colombia and is currently pursuing studies in language and history at National Taiwan Normal University. He has collaborated with Students for Freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan // Camilo es consultor enfocado en estudios de Asia Pacífico y experiencia en gestión estratégica. Cuenta con estudios en Derecho en Colombia y actualmente se encuentra realizando estudios en lenguaje e historia en National Taiwan Normal University. Colaborador de Estudiantes por la Libertad en Hong Kong y Taiwán