Dan O'Heirity

The Number of New Daily Covid-19 Cases Remains High

A couple of days ago, the World Health Organization caught up with some facts that I had reported a few days earlier. The number of new daily Covid-19 cases worldwide is consistently greater than 100,000 new cases per day. On Tuesday morning, 9th June 2020, AEST we saw the highest daily increase in cases – 136,000 since the pandemic began. At the same time, “Almost two-thirds of the cases in the past day came from 10 countries, mainly in North and South America, as well as southern Asia.” The United States, Brazil, India and Bangladesh count amongst the countries that are currently hard hit by the CCP virus. The WHO quite rightly warns that the virus is still around and still highly contagious. I mention these facts because we are now six months into the pandemic and there is no sign of the virus abating. Rather, the opposite seems to be the case and I would conjecture that we have a very long way to go before we see the world returning to something like normal.

China is Still Trying to Bully and Intimidate on the World Stage

China continues to bully and to posture with Chinese fighter jets entering Taiwanese air space. Apparently the Chinese pilots were given verbal warnings before being “driven away” but Taiwanese jets. That’s the bullying. As for the posturing, “Speaking at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on May 29, Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department, reiterated that China is prepared to use all means necessary to prevent Taiwan from becoming independent.” There have been tensions between China and India over the “Line of Actual Control” which separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory. Whilst Zhao Lijian, a spokes person for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has said that the situation is generally “stable and controllable”, China has also apparently said that it could mobilize thousands of troops in a matter of hours should the need arise. China has also conducted a “manoeuvre operation” which involved rapidly moving troops from the Hubei province to an unspecified location in North West China. More posturing and bullying with India in mind.

Beijing Seems to Be at Odds With the Chinese Constitution

One of the reasons that I enjoy the reporting from “China in Focus” is that more often than not the reports are based on hard evidence including internal CCP documents. I have no idea how “China in Focus” obtains these documents that are crucial to delivering responsible journalism. In a report from “China in Focus”, an internal CCP document from May 20th, 2020 lists 20 activities that are prohibited by the CCP for CCP party members.

Speaking negatively about the CCP is just banned under all circumstances. CCP members are not allowed to access illegal or reactionary websites including YouTube and Twitter, Nor are CCP members allowed to access any mainstream English news sites. Another rule bans tuning into overseas reactionary radio and TV stations. In another rule, CCP members are banned from belonging to just about any form of social organization or club unless the organization or club is run the CCP. Practicing or believing in religions is also illegal in all cases except belonging to churches run by the CCP where the bishops are appointed by the CCP.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the internal document seems to contradict major tenets of the Chinese Constitution, a fact you can check by following the link. For example, article 35 of the Chinese Constitution states that Chinese people enjoy, “Freedom of speech, press, assembly, association, procession and demonstration.” Article 36 states that, “Citizens of China have freedom of religious belief. No one may compel citizens to believe or not to believe in religion“. Whilst the conflict between the CCP document and the Chinese constitution is interesting, the real story here is the internal document. This document speaks to the fact that the Chinese people are completely and utterly controlled by the CCP, right down to the level of what they are allowed to say about the CCP. Of course, in one sense, everyone knew that this was the case before the internal CCP document was aired on “China in Focus”. However, surely the report should give us cause to think hard once again about what China as a dominant world power would mean.

First Published June 11th, 2020

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