|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on May 10, 2021 at 3:15 PM|
According to media reports citing documents obtained by the US State Department, Chinese military scientists allegedly investigated weaponizing coronaviruses five years before the COVID-19 pandemic and may have predicted a World War III fought with biological weapons.
The "bombshell" documents obtained by the US State Department reportedly show Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) commanders making the sinister prediction, according to the UK's 'The Sun' newspaper, citing reports first published by 'The Australian'.
As part of their own investigation into the origins of COVID-19, US officials allegedly obtained the papers written by military scientists and senior Chinese public health officials in 2015.
SARS coronaviruses, of which COVID is one, have been described by Chinese scientists as ushering in a "new era of genetic weapons"
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a variety of respiratory illnesses in humans, from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
According to the PLA papers cited, a bioweapon attack could cause the "enemy's medical system to collapse"
It refers to the work of US Air Force colonel Michael J. Ainscough, who predicted that bioweapons would be used in World War III.
SARS, which "which hit China in 2003" could have been a man-made bioweapon deliberately released by "terrorists" according to the paper.
The viruses could be "artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed in a way never seen before" according to reports.
The document was revealed in an upcoming book on the origins of COVID, titled 'What Really Happened In Wuhan,' which includes some of China's top public health figures as authors.
In late 2019, China reported the first COVID-19 case in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and the deadly disease has since spread worldwide, affecting over 157,789,300 people and killing over 3,285,200 people.
The document, according to Tom Tugendhat MP and Australian politician James Paterson, raises serious concerns about China's transparency regarding COVID-19's origins.
"China's evident interest in bioweapons is extremely concerning," said Tugendhat, chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, according to The Sun.
These weapons are dangerous even under the most stringent controls.
"This document raises major concerns about the ambitions of some of those who advise the top party leadership."
The document, according to Peter Jennings, executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), is as close to a "smoking gun" as we have got.
"I think this is significant because it clearly shows that Chinese scientists were thinking about military application for different strains of the coronavirus and thinking about how it could be deployed," noted Jennings.
"It begins to firm up the possibility that what we have here is the accidental release of a pathogen for military use," Jennings added.
He also speculated that the document could explain China's aversion to outside investigations into COVID-19's origins.
"If this was a case of transmission from a wet market it would be in China's interest to co-operate, we've had the opposite of that."
Scientists and weapons experts from the People's Liberation Army are among the document's 18 authors.
The Australian asked Robert Potter, a cyber security expert who analyzes leaked Chinese government documents, to verify the paper.
He claims that the document is not a forgery.
"We came to the conclusion that it was genuine with a high degree of certainty." "It is not fake," Potter told news.com.au, "but it is up to someone else to interpret how serious it is."
"It emerged in the last few years, they (China) will almost certainly try to remove it now it's been covered."
After a widely panned WHO investigation earlier this year, questions about the virus's origins remain, prompting the organization to order a new investigation that includes the possibility of a lab leak.
Although most scientists believe there is no evidence that COVID-19 is man-made, questions remain about whether it could have escaped from a top-secret Wuhan bio lab, where the pandemic began.
Meanwhile, the state-run Global Times newspaper in Beijing slammed The Australian for publishing the article in an attempt to defame China.
According to Chen Hong, a professor and director of the Australian Studies Center at East China Normal University, an academic book that explores bioterrorism and the possibility of viruses being used in warfare was interpreted as a conspiracy theory by The Australian, which deliberately and malignantly intends to invent pretexts to smear China.
"It is a shame for anti-China forces in Australia to back their own ideology against China at the expense of basic professional journalistic ethics, conspiring to twist the real meaning of the book," Chen told reporters.