In the latest revelation about Chinese Communist Party (CCP) interest in biowarfare and its links to an earlier coronavirus strain – the SARS virus – a document written by Chinese scientists and Chinese public health officials in 2015 confirms they discussed the weaponization of SARS coronavirus. Titled ‘The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons,’ the paper predicted that World War Three would be fought with biological weapons.
The 18 listed authors of the document include People’s Liberation Army (PLA) scientists and weapons experts.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has been caused by a coronavirus named SARS-Co V-2 which apparently emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, several of which cause respiratory diseases in humans – ranging from a common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
COVID -19 is just the latest deadly addition to that family.
This news of China’s interest in weaponizing SARS was revealed by the Weekend Australian, and the paper reports the following about this scientific paper:
Released five years before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it describes SARS coronaviruses as a “new era of genetic weapons” that can be “artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed in a way never seen before”.
Peter Jennings, the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), told news.com.au that the document is as close to a “smoking gun” as we’ve got.
“I think this is significant because it clearly shows that Chinese scientists were thinking about military application for different strains of the coronavirus and thinking about how it could be deployed,” said Mr Jennings.
“It begins to firm up the possibility that what we have here is the accidental release of a pathogen for military use,” added Mr Jennings. He also said that the document may explain why China has been so reluctant for outside investigations into the origins of COVID-19.
“If this was a case of transmission from a wet market it would be in China’s interest to co-operate … we’ve had the opposite of that.”
As to the Chinese paper’s authenticity, Robert Potter, a cyber security specialist who analyses leaked Chinese government documents was asked by The Australian to verify the paper. He says the document definitely isn’t fake.
“We reached a high confidence conclusion that it was genuine … It’s not fake but it’s up to someone else to interpret how serious it is,” Potter said. “It emerged in the last few years … they (China) will almost certainly try to remove it now it’s been covered.”