‘World at Risk’ from Dangerous Biolabs in China – Writes Ex-US Secretary of State

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The disastrous visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of COVID-19, has heightened concerns about the Chinese regime’s role in the outbreak and ensuing pandemic. In an editorial published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his colleague, Miles Yu, argue that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) obsession with viruses and bioweapons research, combined with sorely inadequate biosafety at its biosafety labs (BSL) present a severe risk to the entire world.

This danger is particularly acute, they note, at its highest security biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) biolab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which I have written about various times.

In the WSJ they state:

The evidence that the virus came from Wuhan is enormous, though largely circumstantial, and most signs point to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or WIV, as the source of Covid-19. In America, concern about the site is now broad and bipartisan. The Biden administration stated that it has “deep concerns” about the World Health Organization’s investigation into the early days of the pandemic, particularly Beijing’s interference with the investigators’ work.

To buttress their argument about the severe risk posed by China’s reckless biological research they add:

The world has known for a long time that WIV poses a huge risk to global health. Two 2018 State Department cables warned of its biosafety problems. They even predicted that SARS-CoV-2’s ACE2 receptor, identified by WIV scientists, would enable human-to-human transmission. Yuan Zhiming, then director of WIV’s biosafety level 4 lab, warned, “The biosafety laboratory is a double-edge sword: It can be used for the benefit of humanity, but can also lead to a disaster.”

He listed the shortfalls prevalent among China’s biology labs, including a lack of “operational technical support, professional instructions” and “feasible standards for the safety requirements of different protection zones and for the inoculation of microbiological animals and equipment.”

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has admitted to having a bioweapons research program. The WSJ notes that: “In 2011 China informed the International Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Review Conference that its military experts were working on the ‘creation of man-made pathogens,’ ‘genomics laying the foundation for pathogen transformation,’ ‘population-specific genetic markers,’ and ‘targeted drug-delivery technology making it easier to spread pathogens.’

Pompeo and Yu further reveal that in January 2021, the State Department confirmed that people had fallen mysteriously ill at WIV in fall 2019, and that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in fact, conducts secret bioweapons research with the PLA.

In their editorial, they explain, as I have reported before, that “the negligence at China’s biolabs, especially WIV, was so dangerous that the PLA dispatched a general to take over the facility soon after the outbreak in Wuhan.” Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s first speech on the outbreak also suspiciously referred to “shortcomings” and “leaking holes” in China’s biological materials’ security.

As a result of the Wuhan outbreak, Xi went so far as demanding “a new biological-security law” be made part of the “national-security system.”

 Pompeo and Yu conclude that:

The Chinese Communist Party’s recklessness has already cost the world too much, and its obfuscation guarantees this won’t be the last such tragedy. It ordered the destruction of virus samples collected from the earliest patients. It banned the release of key data. It silenced journalists, doctors and scientists. And it impeded the WHO’s investigation. Beijing doesn’t want the world to know the true origin of the coronavirus and its serious biosafety lapses.

The Chinese government must change course. It must be open about its biosafety systems, fix its errors and curtail its dangerous ambitions. Lives and livelihoods across the world are on the line. We all have a responsibility to make sure that the Chinese Communist Party isn’t given a free pass. [emphasis added]

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dan Stone
Dan Stone
9 months ago

My thought: this whole thing was orchestrated. Trump had brought this communistic regime to its knees with the greatest economy the world had ever seen; China had to slow the USA’s growth so not to overcome them, they tested this on their own citizens, and released it upon the world knowing it would diminish the USA, giving them time to infiltrate the election system; knowing they could control Biden. If any of you out there think that this was not a direct link between the Communist Party of China and the Democratic Party, think again. All of you that voted for Biden (which I think there were not so many as the final polls), then you might want to start to learn Mandarin. You fools were sucked in.

Stephen Fowler
9 months ago
Reply to  Dan Stone

I’d have to agree with what you’ve pointed out. How else would Fauci have known at the beginning of Trump’s term that “Trump will face a pandemic during his administration.”

libra
libra
8 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Fowler

Fauci visited and worked with the Chinese scientists. They were working on the viruses carried by the large Horseshoe Bats. They even traveled many miles to the bats habitat and collected them along with their feces and urine. Fauci warned them before he left for the USA not to experiment with gain of function. They promised but were lying. Under the ultra high powered micro-scopes to be able to view a virus–there is a cut where thy added some HIV and other really bad parts of other viruses. U.S. Taxpayer dollars funded the Wuhan Virology Weapons Lab. Dr Fauci is paid by the US taxpayers and the NIH is funded by USA tax dollars and the Wuhan lab developed the Covid 19 virus with USA tax dollars. The Chinese scientists also broke their word and used gain of function that they had promised not to do. The next virus from the CCP could even wipe out all of humanity on Earth–they could make it that lethal.

Dan Stone
Dan Stone
9 months ago

What is there to await? You fools are just as implicate as the ones trying to destroy our Constitution. You people are the ones which are most treasonous. You stamp on our First Amendment rights, yet you wish us to think you are fair? When are you going to wake up; not WOKE, but to wake up. You wish to propagandize the Nazi’s of WWII, but you fail to realize, you too, will be expendable. You ignorant people. Can’t you foresee what is happening? Yes, you are making billions of dollars right now because you are pushing their agenda. MMmmm!!! In the not so distant future, your company will become theirs. Thus, you yourself will be nothing. Can’t you people see this happening before your very eyes? Your company will become THEIRS. You think, in reality, they are on your side? You are a tool to help them; you will be on the outside looking in when said and done; MARK MY WORDS.

Nonips
Nonips
9 months ago

Said when this happened find out who was and is behind this don’t care if it’s soros obama or a guy in Washington find who arrest cease all assets then ever country in the world should have went into China destroyed every laboratory in the country and tell them never are they to have any laboratories again if caught then China would be leveled by the entire world it is and was an act of War against the world no way should the world allow this from any country we all live on this earth, and no one country has the right to endanger the rest of us, and this fake global warming needs to be stopped as well it is endangering people for something the Earth dose itself, just check history we would all have been dead in the 18 19 century if this garbage was even close most people know it is a lie a fake to take cheaper fuel for the greedy

Jon
Jon
9 months ago

Why are we supporting China that has a record of abuse against their people and all people. The United Do Nothing Nations even allow the Olympic Games to be held in Anti Human Rights Nation. No one in America should watch or support the Olympics in any way. Where is the outcry by the Progressive Socialist Communist Fascist Racist Democrat Party about Oriental Supremacism. They have over a million people in prisons for their faith or not progressive socialist communist. Where is the U.S. & the rest of the countries? They should be all protesting the Olympic Games in China and for the Biological weapon Coronavirus. Why do we support this evil government With Research and our business?????????? The world is full of Yellow, Black, Brown And White Supremacist in every country but no one in America talks about it. They also don’t talk about the slavery in China, Middle East or Africa. They talk about what happened in America at the beginning with White and Black slaves. Supremacy is not the color of a person it’s what they think and believe. Anyone who uses Supremacism in disagreements is really a Supremacist themselves. Teachers are using this term with anyone who wants to open school, why because it makes excus for they own action. If teachers don’t want to go back to teach in classrooms than fire them and take away their retirement for braking their contracts…………. Stop all payment and return all school taxes to property owners. That way they can send their children to private schools where hate, lies, racism is not taught.

Elizabeth Estrada
9 months ago

LISTEN UP…The BIOLABS are DANGEROUS. Dr FAUCI has SOMETHING to DO With the WUHAN LAB. TAXPAYERS $$$ Should NOT GO to THEM. The LABs that BETTER MANKIND Should EXIT..NOT the ONES that CAUSE DESTRUCTION. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Keith Clark
Keith Clark
9 months ago

COVID-19, that is the 19th time they have unleashed viruses on us. Covid-19 proved that they could take down the largest economy and government on the planet with a bug the strength of a common flu. Now that they know that what do you figure COVID-20 will do to us? Probably actually wipe out 75% of the population…… and they got away with it!

Dan Stone
Dan Stone
9 months ago

Are you people just so incompetent that you can not make a determination until your superhero’s determine this is okay? Is this the stance you are taking? Thus, all conservative individual. please join me in a class action suit against the improprieties that have done to you and all Americans.

Micala
Micala
9 months ago

I have followed this disaster before Covid became a PANDEMIC. Wuhan Virology Labs had very poor safety protocols in place and I guarantee that is how the coronavirus was released — through negligence.

If course Xi is still trying to cover up his country men’s fatal negligence. He KNOWS CHINA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANY MILLIONS OF COVID19 DEATHS. HE IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR DIGGING HUGE PITS OUTSIDE OF CHINESE VILLAGES TO DUMP AND BURN THE DEAD CHINESE INFECTED WITH COVID SO NO ONE COULD KNOW JUST HOW MANY CHINESE ACTUALLY WERE KILLED.

This is unacceptable and gross negligence.

Dan Stone
Dan Stone
9 months ago

This site is so much to socialism that I urge anyone to take down this site and accomplices. These people thing “if you are black, then you should vote Democrat? What have they ever did for you?

Dan Stone
Dan Stone
9 months ago

Communistic China! With you ostracizing the great men and women in our armed forces so as to make them what you will.?? Then I hate any armed forces to protect you nor the shitholes in congress. Come about to your constituents which you are so scared to do. Yes, Pelosi, Shumer, Schiff, Nadler. Come among your people. You cowards; you may not last too long. Now that you wish to annihilate our armed forces to rid themselves of anyone which voted against you; heaven forbid. If you forbid someone of a avenue of a career of protecting your sorry ass, then you are a sorry adjutant of the oath of office, which makes you a treasonous person. At this point I condone any silent majority to wipe out this venom in our country, Even though I am too old to help you; I support you. You are the next to fight for our freedom. Just like their spokeswoman said: The military know what they are doing, and in her words, not mine: “Make them pay” Thus, what is good for what your constituent said is the same for YOU

Dan Stone
Dan Stone
9 months ago

hey assholes; did she not say that?

Dan Stone
Dan Stone
9 months ago

When they come, which they will., don’t holler help because no one will come. Just a notification that you ALL are dispensable How much do your individual lives matter? Do you like to breath air? If you are not a prominent , at this early stage, then your life is in jeopardy. You are dispensable, just ask your boss which is also dispensable. You have gotten yourself into a conglomerate of evil. You thought it was a good job when you actually had an opportunity, but not you are trapped, not being able to say what you actually mean; for a paycheck? If you are this menial, then you have to live within your consequence..

Nrr
Nrr
9 months ago

Under President Trump leader ship, best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks,Hispanics,Asians EVER (women in 15years)lowest unemployment ever. With full transparency and honesty! Which you never saw with pass Presidents. Excluding 1 or two. The list is endless. Best president ever, President Trump! Keep America Great! The unstoppable KAG train full steam ahead 2021 and beyond!

Carol
Carol
9 months ago

I just want to go to bed one night and wake up with trump president again.He made me feel safe.

Robert Sohn
Robert Sohn
9 months ago

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. May those keeping eyes on foreign threats to U.S. national security be vigilant and watchful in every arena to keep us safe. Biolabs are no exception. The CCP is a dictatorship and not friendly to U.S. interests and need to be watched closely. The CCP is known for oppressing their own citizens and most recently the muslim Uighyurs. Human rights violations are part of their standard operating procedure which is always done in darkness. May the truth win out.

FedUp
FedUp
9 months ago

I believe the virus came from CHINA. There are just to many “coincidences”. China has a lab that MAKES virus, Fuchi is involved with China, obama sent big money to China while president, demon-crats were involved also. Dems were actively looking for a way to “CONTROL” us. Then “CHEATED” big time in farce election.

David
David
9 months ago

They made bombs for a reason.

Robert6391
Robert6391
9 months ago

When anyone tries to get ahead of a already on going investigation with comments which have no fact in mater what so ever, just to try to make China look bad, that in itself says a lot about that person who would spread unfounded rumors to destroy anyone who was not agreeing with them. There is one fact that seems to go over everyone’s head why would China let loose a disease which effected their economy as much as it effected every other country’s and in some cases effected China worse, with China at present being the manufacturing Capitol of the World, and if they can not manufacture it can not deliver on previous orders, and loos e business in the long run. I can guarantee you Trump was thinking of that, tying to put China down at every turn and in every campaign speech, when China was a boost to industry until Trump put Tariffs on them and they quit buying grain causing our little Mid West farmers to go under, so the big farms could buy them out.

libra
libra
8 months ago
Reply to  Robert6391

They closed off Wuhan Province so the Virus did not affect all of the country. So many Chinese who had died from the Virus were cremated and our astronauts could see the fires from space of the cremation fires. Our shut down meant that the USA trade was much less than in normal times. We had already started our pull back on trade with China and there will be more pull backs as time goes on. Trump actually helped the farmers who were affected by the cancellation of grain. Trump paid them with the huge amounts of tariffs from China.Joe Biden is beholden to the CCP–they own him.

jane z mazzola
9 months ago

Yes, the world is threatened by lack of VERY CAREFUL oversight & procedures at these Chinese labs, just as would be needed anywhere in the world. HOWEVER, do we think that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is going to be that “open @its biosafety systems, & curtail its dangerous ambitions”? It may “fix its errors” but not for the rest of the world community to see OR to know there were problems, if possible to hide. The CCP doesn’t divulge this info to its own people! It is not part of the CCP operating procedures, as far as I can tell, to be transparent or to change its overall ambitions. Continued world public opinion pressure & push for information seem to be our current sanction options.

Pawn
Pawn
9 months ago
Reply to  jane z mazzola

The Chinese don’t care about anybody including thier own people. They used the chinese peasants as the testing grounds before releasing this virus. Obama and his boss soros paid to help the chinese. These people think russia is a threat. Now compaired to the chinese the russians are children. As many have pointed out we are already under chinese thumb. Once the chinese get thier foot on us they will squash us. This is one big reason for gun control and I never thought I’d see it but freedom of speech disappearing. These indoctrinated kids don’t have a clue. These blacks will know slavery if this continues. Come on Americans get some balls

Frank
Frank
9 months ago

By the way, a nuclear weapon offers three pretty reliable microbe-killing mechanisms: irradiation, oxidation, and pyrolysis. (Just thought I’d mention it.)

OldSarge
OldSarge
9 months ago

In my opinion the COVID-19 incident was just a rehearsal for bigger plans. My guess is that the Chinese have even greater plans and Biden and the rest are going to help them pull it off. The next virus they unleash on us could be a lot more disastrous.

Biden, Schumer, Pelosi and their liberal colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, have been buddy buddy with China, along with their corporate fat cat friends. It could be a fatal blunder and they could be in for a rude awakening. What do you think will happen to them when China no longer needs them? They are going to wonder what fell on them.

All China will have to do is start calling in all those loans they have given us since the Bush years? China could end up owning every major corporation in the US. They already own quite a few. Under Chinese ownership, America will become productive again and they will start tapping into our natural resources. All the profits they make will go to China while the American people are turned into slaves.

If Biden, Schumer, Pelosi and their liberal colleagues, think that China will reward them richly for helping them take over America, they could be in for a rude awakening. Throwing people under the bus when they are no longer needed is a Chinese invention that has been practiced since Genghis Khan. They look at it as punishment for those who would betray their own people to help conquerors, especially when they do it out of greed. The Chinese do not reward disloyalty. They will throw all of them under the bus and leave them penniless.

The Chinese are not afraid of us and no longer respect us. They are calling us paper tigers and laughing at us. Of course I hope this will never happen as it would mean that we would all be in Chinese work camps. This is one time I would not want to be an “I told you so.” Wake up America.

“I am the punishment of GOD. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” Genghis Khan.

Pissed Off America
Pissed Off America
8 months ago

Keep screwing around until they get something going they can not control and it blows up in ALL our faces. Amazing what fools in power are willing to do. All the power / money in the world is worthless if every one is DEAD!

libra
libra
8 months ago

THE CCP has said they will never attack the USA which I believe they mean they will send a real killer virus and their warfare on the USA will be bloodless and they can walk in and take over a country with full infrastructure and all of the wealth of the country. intact. . A bloodless War so to speak.


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