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China discussed weaponizing SARS coronaviruses says leaked Chinese document released 5 years before COVID-19 pandemic

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Amid the ongoing second surge of Covid-19 pandemic, a document has been obtained that was written by the Chinese scientists and health officials in 2015 on the novel coronavirus.

The document has been reported by an Australian newspaper named as ‘Weekend Australian’.

Contents of the document:

  • A Chinese document written in 2015 states that SARS virus shall be used as a “New Era of Genetic Weapons”.
  • The virus can be artificially manipulated into a human virus disease, then weaponized and unleashed (released from restraint).
  • The title of the Chinese document was “The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New species of Man-Made Virus as Bioweapons”.
  • The paper also says that the world war three shall be fought with biological weapons.

 Authenticity of the documents:

  • The document was authored by PLA researchers and scientists.
  • The genesis of the document was located in the Chinese internet.
  • The document has also been revealed in an upcoming book called “What really happened in Wuhan”.

International response:

  • Countries such as US, Brazil, Australia have made strong statements against actions after the release of the report.
  • The countries are furious that Chinese actions on COVID were merely based on economic benefits.

Origin of the Virus:

  • China is being questioned over the handling of COVID-19 since it originated in Wuhan in 2019.
  • Some believe that it originated in a market where wild animals are traded.
  • Others believe that the virus leaked in a lab in Wuhan.

Lack of Transparency:

  • The executive director of Australian Strategic Policy Institute Peter Jennings has informed that the document might reveal why China has been reluctant for investigations into the origins of Covid-19.
  • China was not ready to allow the World Health Organization to conduct investigations about the origin of COVID-19 virus.
  • Only after international pressure did China allow WHO to make investigations to find out the origin.
  • Even after the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan in 2019, China was silent.
  • It did not inform the WHO about disease.
  • China also was not able to contain the disease.

The Pandemic:

  • The pandemic has been caused by a virus named SARS-Co V-2 which came up in December 2019 that causes respiratory diseases in human beings, ranging from a common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
  • According to the Johns Hopkins University, the overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 157.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.28 million.

Additional Info:

  • China was also silent about the recent failure of Tianhe core module and its rocket Long March 5B falling in to the Indian Ocean.
  • Though the mission failed, the details of the returning rocket and how and where will it fall was not disclosed.
  • Just recently, remnants of China’s largest rocket ‘Long March 5B’ launched last month plunged back through the atmosphere on 9 May 2021.
  • It landed in the Indian Ocean, west of the Maldives bringing an end to the speculations surrounding its place of fall on the earth.
  • At 18 tonnes, it was one of the largest space debris that re-entered the Earth.
  • The NASA has come hard on China over space debris issue.

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