A Chinese Communist Party defector claims that China intentionally spread covid-19 at the Military World Games held in Wuhan in October 2019.
The multisports event for military sports competitors from around the world is held every four years, one year before the Olympic Games. More than 9,000 athletes from 100+ countries attended in 2019.
Wei Jingsheng, who defected the party and went into exile in the U.S., claims that this event acted as a coronavirus superspreader.
French, German, and American athletes reported a mysterious illness soon after the games according to Miles Yu, the former principal China adviser to the U.S. State Department. He said the symptoms were like what would later be known as covid-19 symptoms.
Jingsheng said he informed a senior official in the Trump administration about covid-19 in November 2019 but he was not taken seriously.
The athletes were never tested, but Wei said he knew something was very wrong based on the information he had received from Beijing community party insiders who shared their fears about the virus.
“I learned there was an unusual exercise by the Chinese government during the Military Games. I thought that the Chinese government would take this opportunity to spread the virus during the Military Games, as many foreigners would show up there,” said Wei.
The explosive allegation implies that not only were Chinese authorities already aware of the pandemic, but they may also have allowed it to spread on purpose, according to Wei.
China notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) about the mysterious disease two months after it had its first cases when attempts to contain it failed. But even then, Beijing denied the virus could be transmitted from person to person.
The WHO labeled the mysterious outbreak a public health emergency of international concern in late January 2020, as infections started spreading to other countries including the U.S.
Wei claims that he shared with close friend and human rights activist Dimon Liu his fears that the Chinese government could be using some strange weapons, including biological weapons, because he knew they were doing experiments of that sort.
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