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COVID-19 Origins: The Must-Read Truth From Clare Lopez

Made in China
In her must-read report “Made in China” our friend Clare Lopez, the national security expert and former CIA operative, provides hitherto hidden details on how the 2019-nCoV came to be and explains that, whether or not Beijing deliberately released the bioweapon coronavirus it created, Communist China’s malign behavior once the pandemic was unleashed should leave us in no doubt about its true intentions.

Drawing on her deep understanding of asymmetrical warfare Ms. Lopez says America’s citizens and leaders must take the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) conduct during the pandemic as a warning that China is at war with the United States and fully intends to take advantage of our failure to recognize or respond appropriately to the CCP’s “hostilities waged at the political warfare level.”

As an explanation of how the Chinese Communists understand warfare “Made in China” stands on its own as an excellent primer on the subject, but our interest is in Ms. Lopez’s report as the best short explanation available of how the 2019-nCoV came into existence and how the Communist Chinese weaponized the pandemic against the West.

What the establishment media and establishment politicians have failed or more likely refused to admit publicly is that the Chinese Communist regime runs a sophisticated offensive biological weapons program.

Chinese researchers at Beijing’s only declared BSL-4 (Bio Safety Level 4) lab, the Wuhan Virology Institute, have been publishing papers in the scientific literature for years now, explaining exactly how they were manipulating the genetic material of various coronavirus strains.

As Ms. Lopez points out in “Made in China” they were not just looking for prophylactic drugs or vaccines to counter existing virus pathogens either. No, in the lab, they deliberately created new viruses by combining genetic material from pre-existing viruses in ways that are extremely unlikely to happen naturally—even by way of the typically active mutations that occur with RNA (ribonucleic acid) viruses like coronaviruses.

Citing research by a terrific young journalist at The Epoch Times named Joshua Philipp in his documentary film called “Tracking Down the Origin of Wuhan Coronavirus” Ms. Lopez explains this Wuhan coronavirus did not come from bats at Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. It came from a Chinese laboratory where researchers deliberately experimented with ways to make both pre-existing and recombinant viruses more communicable and more effective at getting inside human cells.

Mr. Philipp researched a vast amount of openly available information and put together “Tracking Down the Origin of Wuhan Coronavirus” in a way easily accessible to the average viewer. He reports on the names, the labs, the timeline, and the medical science behind it all without overwhelming us with complicated technical jargon, noted Ms. Lopez.

Citing the research of Mr. Philipp, Lopez notes Chinese researchers have been working on coronaviruses for years. Earlier pandemics, including SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), and H1N1 (swine flu), all came out of China, too. The Wuhan Institute of Virology, a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was established in 2003 with help from the French government in the wake of the SARS outbreak. Due to myriad security concerns, it didn’t become operational as a P-4 (Pathogen/Protection level) laboratory until 2017. Its Key Laboratory of Special Pathogens and Biosafety is of particular concern.

Long before 2017, observes Ms. Lopez, senior and internationally well-known researchers like Shi Zhengli, who worked in the Special Pathogens Lab, were experimenting on how to enhance the capacity of the coronavirus for transmission across species and specifically from animal reservoirs to humans.

Shi Zhengli, widely known as the “bat lady” for her work on the bat coronavirus, has now disappeared but earlier published a number of papers in respected peer-reviewed journals like Nature Medicine. During the Obama administration, the Communist Chinese regime even paid the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to include Shi in a “gain of function” study on the potential for combining existing SARS-CoV genetic material together with the spike protein on the surface of the Chinese horseshoe bat virus in ways that would more readily transmit to and emerge in humans.

Such a synthetic laboratory-created hybrid virus is called a “chimera” notes Ms. Lopez, and was shown to be capable of “robust viral replication both in vitro and in vivo.” The in vivo reference is to mice, which were used to demonstrate the chimera’s deadly capabilities in mammals. What this means is that these researchers created something artificially in the lab that had never existed before and likely never would exist purely in nature.

The University of North Carolina study prior to 2014 had been conducted with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci).

The objective of the study ostensibly was to prepare for possible future virus pandemics. In October 2014, however, HHS advised the University that U.S. Government funding for such “gain of function” research was being “paused” for being too risky.

However, the damage was done, says Ms. Lopez. Shi obviously continued the work back home at the Wuhan Institute of Virology because results of that “gain of function” chimera study were published in the December 2015 issue of Nature Medicine. Shi’s name is among the authors. American researchers, including Ralph S. Baric Ph.D., the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, also were named as co-authors of the study.

And then it got out. The Frankenstein synthetic lab-created virus got loose. Clare Lopez concludes that we don’t really know how or whether it was deliberately released in some kind of “Unrestricted Warfare” scenario but get out it did. And we are now living with the consequences.

In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, the West now has the opportunity to see exactly how the Chinese Communist leadership thinks and behaves—perhaps before Beijing was ready for that to happen.

That revelation must not go to waste says Clare Lopez, and we could not agree more. We urge every CHQ reader and friend to read “Made in China,” to view “Tracking Down the Origin of Wuhan Coronavirus” and for a deeper understanding of China’s goals and strategy against the West to read Michael Pillsbury's “The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower” and Stephen Coughlin's comprehensive analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic “Formation of a COVID19 Red Team.”

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