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Heroes and villains: Beijing crafts its narrative on virus outbreak

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By Jing Xuan TENG

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On Thursday, the political chiefs of Hubei and Wuhan were sacked and replaced with Xi loyalists with security backgrounds.

Pretty obvious who the villains are here

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The truth will be revealed, one day.

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@zichiThe truth will be revealed, one day.

Perhaps. However, authoritarian systems led by a leader appointed for life backed by a single party that limits and even brutalizes opposition can easily manipulate data and info to protect themselves. And who knows whether China can influence how accurately 'global' institutions like WHO report data and info. This is the post-truth era when so many of the globe's leaders have shown they have zero regard for being honest. While countries like the US cut budgets for disease control.

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China appoints its top military bio-warfare expert to take over secretive virus lab in Wuhan, The Wuhan Institute of Virology. The lab is run by the military.

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Never my fault narrative strikes again.

You know a system is bad when the one party in power refuses to take responsibility for anything.

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"scores should be settled against all the officials in Wuhan after the crisis",

King Xi and his elite, Commie cronies are scapegoating low-level local officials to save themselves. Any criticism of Xi and his henchmen will see people disappear, never seen again.

When Communism falls - and it will - when King Xi is in the dustbin of history like evil Chairman Mao, we will learn the enormous extent of this disgracefully handled man-made disaster. The numbers of infected and dead, I fear, will be astonishing. All killed by an evil regime.

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Who does the low-level officials answer to? Xi and his henchmen. The communist party is at the root of the fault no matter which way they try to paint it.

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Standard CCP behavior, shift blame down, punish scapegoats, paint a pretty patrituc picture, protect the party.

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I hope that one day, the people will rise against this authoritarian, disgusting regime.

A regime that has very little to do with actual communism.

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Well, CCP spinning their own narrative again because, "Our political party is ALWAYS RIGHT!"

Good luck saving "face" CCP... it will never work with real world facts and consequences.

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Socialists always believe that avoiding accountability is as big a goal as standing up to whatever crisis is at hand.

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@Toasted: A regime that has very little to do with actual communism.

You mean the ‘actual communism’ that led to the starvation of 10’s of millions of Chinese in the 50 and 60’s?

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You mean the ‘actual communism’ that led to the starvation of 10’s of millions of Chinese in the 50 and 60’s

Were they following the tenets of Communism? You do realize that’s how it’s defined right? Not by whether it’s disliked.

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Socialists always believe that avoiding accountability is as big a goal as standing up to whatever crisis is at hand.

And then back in reality, the socialists I know are responsible people who take accountability for their actions and are upstanding citizens.

I think that I can explain the discrepancy though. I’m speaking of socialists. You’re speaking of a boogeyman you’ve decided to label socialists.

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Socialists always believe that avoiding accountability is as big a goal as standing up to whatever crisis is at hand.

Actually, that couldn't be further from the truth. Socialism is all about collective responsibility.

You mean the ‘actual communism’ that led to the starvation of 10’s of millions of Chinese in the 50 and 60’s?

That horrific period, has nothing to do with communism and all to do with an autocratic leadership under which so many suffered. Confusing communism with socialism and both ideologies with such authoritarian regimes as Xi's and Mao's is a novice mistake for some, and misdirection by others.

Meanwhile, journalists, critics and medical experts continue to go missing. Their crime? For speaking out.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/15/xi-critic-professor-this-may-be-last-piece-i-write-words-ring-true

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