COVID-19: A Modern Opium War?

US scholar Kenneth Waltz made no mistake when he mentioned “States in the world are like individuals in the state of nature. They are neither perfectly good nor are they controlled by law.” In other words, the existing governments are unjust and operate according to political chaos in order to achieve their interests. In light of political, military, economic and technical global competition, the possibility of war always exists, but the means may vary from a conventional war to more complex wars.

In the eighteenth century, Britain and France massacred the Chinese in the Opium Wars, the results of which were Britain’s control over Hong Kong. In that era, Britain used heinous means, forbidden internationally, in its war against the Chinese, with the aim of spreading opium and turning the huge Chinese population idle. However, the opium phenomenon was eliminated under Chairman Mao Zedong, after the success of the Chinese Revolution in 1949.

The West was well aware of the enormous human and natural Chinese capabilities since ancient times. Napoleon stated, “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” Marco Polo is also one of the outstanding Western personalities who left a great literary legacy about China. The West has benefited a lot from the Chinese discoveries and inventions that strayed to the West through the ancient Silk Road. Today, China possess a strong army, world’s second largest economy, 5G technologies, and owns the largest international diplomatic representation with a lot of political allies and economic partners from different parts of the world.

Unfortunately, President Trump called on the United Nations to hold China accountable for the epidemic without evidence. “We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague on to the world: China,” Trump said. However, the World Health Organization, in a report, considered Wuhan to be the first affected city, but the source of the virus is still unknown. This refutes the allegations of Trump, who has always attacked the Chinese and Asians throughout 2020, which showed flagrant racism. Fingers from inside the White House often pointed to China as the source of the epidemic, but the real story may be different.

All possibilities are open as the source of the epidemic is still unknown. However, some reports indicate that this virus is artificial and not natural, which raises doubts about country/ies that possesses laboratories and modern technology to create this advanced virus. The Chinese have been banned from entering the United States since February 2, which raises questions about the spread of this virus in the United States.

Suspiciously, the military medical laboratory, “Fort Detrick”, was shut down. Shortly after the spread of covid-19 in the United States, all data related to this laboratory had been deleted and banned from the internet. Since the first day of the virus’ spread, a huge propaganda has been launched towards China as the origin of the virus, lots of stories circulated on social media about Wuhan laboratory, Chinese food and other fabricated stories.

Robert R. Redfield, the current Director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the current Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry indicated during a hearing in the House of Representatives that some Americans who died of influenza, a post-mortem diagnosis showed they had covid-19. Some Chinese researchers indicate that the spread of the epidemic came from outside the food market in Wuhan. In a tweet by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian on his Twitter account, he said, “When did patient zero begin in the US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!”

The spread of the epidemic came after 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan in October 2019, and there are traces that the first patient infected with covid-19 in Wuhan may have received the infection from a non-Chinese person who was participating in the military games. The US team did not win fine medals as usual, which raises questions about the health status of the US contestants. During that period, a US athlete participating in the games fell ill with a health problem, and she fell on the ground two kilometres before the end of the race. She said, “Although I was suffering from health symptoms and extreme fatigue, but I insisted on coming to China and participating in the games.” Information has circulated in the media that she was infected with the virus, and her infection was recorded as influenza, but the United States has not confirmed the validity of this information.

Mohamad Zreik
Mohamad Zreik
Mohamad Zreik is an independent researcher, doctor of international relations. His areas of research interests are related to the Foreign Policy of China, Belt and Road Initiative, Middle Eastern Studies, China-Arab relations, East Asian Affairs, Geopolitics of Eurasia, and Political Economy. Mohamad has many studies and articles published in high ranked journals and well-known international newspapers. His writings have been translated into many languages, including French, Arabic, Spanish, German, Albanian, Russian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, etc.