China Engaged in an Act of Biological Warfare in the Early Days of Covid-19
I have been arguing almost since I engaged in a research based focus on the reporting on the CCP virus that China, by definition, engaged in an act of biological warfare through deliberately sending its citizens to spread the virus around the world at a time when China knew that there had been human to human transmission of the virus. Here is the definition of biological warfare, “Warfare that makes use of bacteria, viruses, toxins, etc., to disable or destroy people, domestic animals, and food crops”. WION goes even further with Palki Sharma asserting that World War III has already begun. It is just that no one has noticed.
Palki Sharma bases her claim on the definition of war and shows that in terms of that definition the world is currently at war. Working with definitions is a tactic that I use because it is compelling. One can’t name war in a certain way and then decide not to accept the definition just because the truth is extremely uncomfortable.
You might not fully believe that China engaged in an act of biological warfare and you might not quite believe that we have entered WWIII in disguise. However, it would, I think, be wise to act as though both of these claims are true. Me, even though supermarkets in Australia have placed severe restrictions on the quantities of products that can be purchased in a single shop, I have continued to make a point of shopping 3 times a week to prepare for whatever the next stage in the CCP virus might be. Having listened to Palki Sharma’s argument, I now shop five times a week and will continue to do so until I get to the point where I can survive for a year. That will not be the end of my planning but we can leave my own risk management strategy for now in favour of looking at stories suggesting that the so far hidden war could well turn into the kind of war that we know about. The focus here is the South China Sea where tensions between China and other countries are increasing by the day.
The South China Sea Could Be a Flash Point for the Beginnings of a War
The history of China asserting territorial claims in the South China Sea region is a long and complicated one with six countries making various territorial claims in the South China Sea region. In recent times China has built man made islands in the South China Sea with these islands being the home to military bases.
The reasons why China wants to control this region are obvious. The area is rich in natural resources, accounts for 10% of the world’s fisheries and is a strategically important trade route with 30% of the world’s trade flowing through the South China Sea. China’s actions in the South China Sea region are a classic example of China acting as though it can do exactly want it wants without paying any heed to international laws and international organizations. For example, most countries in the area base their claims to ownership on the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea which essentially states that a country’s territorial waters extend 200 nautical miles off their shore, an area known as the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Any region not within an EEZ falls under UN Maritime law which means that everyone shares it, however that might work in practice. China, however, simply decided to redraw the lines based on what it sees as an historical claim dating back to naval expeditions in the 15th Century. This claim was rejected by an international tribunal in The Hague which determined that China had no “historic rights” over the sea. China rejected the finding as “non-binding”. Not only has China redrawn the lines, any maps produced in China, whether by Chinese companies or overseas countries printing their maps in China, include China’s representation of its claims to the South China Seas.
The fact that China is producing maps with its own version of the ownership of the South China Sea region might seem like an utterly minor point. However, imagine how the world will look in fifty years time when every single map in the world represents China’s version of its ownership of the South China Sea region.
The worry now is that matters are turning ugly in the South China Sea region with China seeming to be on the brink of conflict with the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. However, the more worrying fact is that the United States has a vested interest in the South China Sea region and has, “wide-ranging security commitments in East Asia, and is allied with several of the countries bordering the South China Sea.” If a military conflict were to occur then countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom would ally themselves with the United States making for a much more volatile situation. Furthermore, the danger would be that localized conflict in the South China Sea might get out of hand through, for example, mistakes being made such as shooting down civilian aircraft or targeting civilian vessels. If you’re thinking that this sounds a bit far fetched remember that the former Soviet Union shot down a Korean airliner by mistake because they believed that it was an American spy plane.
First Published May 1st, 2020