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Millions Starve in Shanghai as China’s “Zero COVID” Policy Falls Flat

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Roman

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Remember COVID-19? Remember China? The Chinese Communist Party really hopes you don’t. The official CCP narrative is that COVID-19, whose origins were entirely natural, was contained in early February of 2020 through the leadership of the party and its full mobilization of Chinese society. Beijing’s statistics claim only five individuals have died of COVID in two years in Mainland China – unless, of course, you count Hong Kong, where more than 8,000 have died in the last month, nearly double the government figure of 4,638. But for once, Beijing is quick to insist that Hong Kong is not an intrinsic part of China.

            For the Chinese Communist Party, Beijing’s ability to successfully implement a “Zero COVID” policy is more than a public health strategy – it is a source of legitimacy for their entire system. Throughout 2020 and 2021, the Chinese government and media sought to contrast China’s successful Zero COVID strategy with rising death tolls and political struggles over restrictions in the West. Only a country as efficient and well-managed as the People’s Republic of China, so the argument went, could possibly have managed COVID so “successfully.” Accordingly, the collapse of China’s Zero COVID strategy is a political disaster for the CCP.

            Currently, social media is full of videos and messages of desperate pleas for food from starving residents of Shanghai. One of the world’s largest cities and China’s economic and commercial hub, Shanghai and its 25 million residents have been experiencing a harsh lockdown that even surpasses the draconian measures employed in the spring of 2020. Residents are forbidden from leaving their homes even to shop for groceries, leading to many running out of food. The government has introduced a policy of removing children from parents who test positive, placing them who knows where or for what purpose. One resident, quoted by the Financial Times, remarked that “prison must be better than this. Prisoners are locked up, but at least they have three meals a day and know how long their sentence is.”

The response of the CCP to an outpouring of criticism over the harshness of the policies, their seeming pointlessness, and the failure of the local authorities to organize the delivery of food and medical supplies has been to charge those spreading such “online rumors” with sedition. This indicates an awareness of a much broader problem. On the one hand, Shanghai is not alone. Twenty-three cities with a total population of over 200,000,000 are under similar lockdowns. On the other, China’s “performance” in handling COVID-19, once ammunition for selling the “Chinese model” to the world, now looks like a dead end.

As recently as February 12, the CCP-linked Global Times published an op-ed entitled “U.S. media outlets now recognize China’s zero-COVID policy. Is it too late for them?” After praising China for “protecting global supply-chains,” it featured the following paragraph:

“With all these barriers, the West, particularly the US, is facing a painful dilemma: To learn from China – too difficult; not to learn from China – more tragedies. Moreover, for some Western elites, learning from the Chinese experience means confirming that China has beaten the West in terms of COVID-19 strategy. This is something they do not want to admit. This is why self-reflection from US media came so late.”

Less than two months later, it now looks like China has failed to learn the lessons from the West. States like Florida and nations like Sweden experimented with a soft-touch approach of pushing vaccines and shielding the vulnerable while encouraging others to live their lives, work, and, most importantly, return children to school. There was a recognition that, especially with Omicron, attempting to contain the virus was a futile endeavor and an exercise in societal self-harm. Even Australia and New Zealand, which strenuously pursued lockdowns longer than anywhere else in the western world, abandoned them after Omicron.

This leaves a Chinese government that appears to be advertising all the wrong lessons. A stubborn refusal to change course in the face of overwhelming evidence. A vaccination program that produced neither an effective vaccine nor managed to distribute it to the population. Worse, a government that, while publicly bragging about Zero COVID, made no preparations for future outbreaks or variants such that even the distribution networks for food which existed in 2020 no longer seem to be functioning. When a senior executive at a private equity firm is quoted as saying, “It doesn’t matter how much money you have or are willing to spend, you can’t get steady access to food,” it might please hardcore Maoists in the U.S. who wish to eat the rich. Still, it is not the model of a society which will inspire anyone in Africa or Latin America, as the CCP now seeks to expand its reach abroad.

The result is a major potential collapse in China’s soft power. But the exposure of Zero COVID as a failed policy also has significant implications for China’s hard power. COVID-19 was already highlighting the dangers posed by global supply chains dependent on one country. That is one reason why Chinese propaganda was heralding Beijing’s protection of “global supply chains.” If China cannot even keep its own factories open, that is an additional economic reason, on top of national security, why the United States should double down on its ambitions to bring manufacturing back to America.

At the end of the day, it is not just COVID-19. China’s government has shown once more what everyone familiar with it always suspected: behind all the rhetoric about growth, ultimately, it is made up of Marxists who will sacrifice economic performance and the very lives of their citizens for ideology every time given a choice. They are not pragmatists. The government which rules China today is the same party that caused millions to starve in the Great Leap Forward. Is it really so surprising that CCP would rather let millions go hungry in China’s largest city than admit that a Western democratically-elected politician might have had a point in saying that Zero COVID was a pipe dream? The CCP has also shown that it is not a reliable partner in the long term. Not for Brazil. Not for South Africa. Not for Europe. And certainly not for the United States of America.

Daniel Roman is the pen name of a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.


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Tim
2 months ago

Let’s face it, China is a complete dumpster fire, the ultimate in brainwashed indoctrinated people. Russia is exactly the same. As for the supply chain disruption, Ross Perot called this one years ago when our grossly uneducated politicians passed the free trade agreement. He clearly stated all we would hear is a big sucking noise as all US manfacturing left the country. Hope the politicians are happy now!

Larry W.
2 months ago

So what you are saying is that the Chinese government saved the people from covid so they could starve to death. Sounds like a plan Biden would come up with.

BCSBUG
2 months ago

Tucker Carlson opened his program Monday night (4-11-2022) talking about this situation, and he also described about how all of the pets — cats and dogs — are being gathered and then beaten to death. He did NOT show that footage, only bags along the sidewalks in which cats were confined and howling. Only the coldest, most horrible kind of dictator could kill not only his people but their pets as well. At least in Ukraine, the people had big enough hearts to take their pets with them when they fled; the Chinese have no such choice.

Collenton Family
2 months ago

“Surpasses the draconian measures” is message rooting from a Chinese Marxist Ideology. They are brutal, and tout this kind of ideology to control the people.

pidl
2 months ago

China has been lying from the beginning. How can a country with the largest population in the world control Covid to such small numbers, not even admitting it existed, at first? Statistically speaking, it was impossible to get the numbers they were touting. If they were able to do that and did not tell the rest of the world how they did it, they are criminals! But they aren’t. They are just liars.

In the far east, it is all about saving face, not the truth!

Lies, that is all we will hear from them, the Arabs, the communists, and much of the rest of civilization. The Democrat Socialists fall in that same category.

And the MSM perpetuates all of the lies. As they say, if you tell a lie long enough , it becomes a truth.

A big problem here is how many of us, me included, did not stop the lying early. My kids lied to me. My wife lied to me. Others lied to me. I just thought that is the way the world is now. In order to compete, one has to lie.

But I could not bring myself to do it. I guess that is why I never really was promoted in the jobs I had. I was too honest. I really was not management material.

I do not know how long this has really gone on. But much of it is due to the lack of religion in our society. I seldom lie. But I do not hold those accountable that lie to me.

In a way, it is all my fault.

gin
2 months ago
Reply to  pidl

You have done the right thing. Look at a concordance in the Holy Bible, and see the references to liars. It says Satan is the father of liars. Liars have to repent and receive Christ as Savior if they want to go to Heaven.

Nancy
2 months ago

Pray for the People – they do not deserve this.

Tim Toroian
2 months ago

I hope the China fans are taking note. China has starved millions in the past and the Russian communists starved millions a large number of which were Ukrainians. Communists as a group do not change their spots.

Nancy
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim Toroian

The Biden Administration wants us here. We are back to vaccine mandates in gov employees – this will not end well if the American People do not do something to stop this

Alice
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim Toroian

Things happened in this country just like 1984.

Phillip Ridenour
2 months ago

Perhaps the lockdowns, the massive unreported deaths and economic disruption are what are keeping China from invading Taiwan. Perhaps there really is a silver lining.

Nancy
2 months ago

NOT for the People that are suffering. Families being pulled apart.

PJ Thom
2 months ago

The Biden’s are in bed with China so don’t be surprised if similar atrocities don’t start happening in the United States. We have been compromised by Bush, Clinton, Obama, Biden.

RyansDad
2 months ago
Reply to  PJ Thom

We’ve had some pretty incompetent leaders -Bill Clinton, GW Bush

Nancy
2 months ago
Reply to  PJ Thom

Mitch McConnell’s wife is from China – her Dad is the shipping giant of China. He is right there with Biden – be careful it is the government of the USA in bed with China.

PJ Thom
2 months ago
Reply to  Nancy

AGREE

Enuf Said
2 months ago
Reply to  Nancy

Along with the Flatulent Dim bedding the Chinese night worker!!

Robert
2 months ago

Going to have to get out the guns and cheerios soon.

Frank Maxant
2 months ago

Your articles are SO prolix! They wear me out by the 4th  ¶. I’d spend more time reading them, if only you’d cu to the chase.

B Walner
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank Maxant

Not at all ! So interesting. but then I love to read.

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago

I’m surprised that the media is even covering this. After all, since early 2020 they’ve been parroting the ChiCom lie that just several hundred Chinese have died of Covid when that is obviously total BS. As Senile Joe loves Xi so much, maybe he’ll try to lock up some of our cities and let people starve to death. Gotta keep those Chinese checks coming in to Hunter!

Phil
2 months ago

Let’s have 3 cheers for the SECOND AMENDMENT and the G_d-inspired geniuses who instituted it!

Mimi
2 months ago
Reply to  Phil

It’s spelled God. Not G-d

Giordano Bruno
2 months ago
Reply to  Mimi

Some of us believe that His name is holy and unworthy to repeat without being profane.

Phillip Ridenour
2 months ago
Reply to  Giordano Bruno

His name isn’t God; that’s what he is. His name is YHWH (transliterated from the Hebrew alphabet) and no one knows how to pronounce it anymore because of the belief that one couldn’t say the name without being profane. Kind of a shame that God told us His name and we humans, in our misguided thinking, lost it.

pidl
2 months ago

That is so weird. That was a crazy belief. Who thought that one up? It is different in all languages. But what it means is the same.

pidl
2 months ago
Reply to  Giordano Bruno

Then I would really have to question your intelligence. I do not know what religion would not allow us to say God. It is all over the bible.

pidl
2 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Is this truth, or just sarcasm. I cannot tell. Especially if you are afraid to spell God. The commandment says don’t take the Lord’s name in vane.

anna hubert
2 months ago

Has anyone called the UN yet?

jake the snake
2 months ago

I just love it when governments use a fake pandemic to kill hundreds of millions of people.

Orville Figgs
2 months ago

Hello? Knock Knock. Is anyone awake out there?
Walgreens is rationing baby formula.
I hope no babies starve in the United States.

Fran
2 months ago
Reply to  Orville Figgs

Have not heard about this.
Have heard about selective treatment for different classes of people which
is immoral and criminal.

gin
2 months ago

Look up! God can and will one day wipe all evil from the earth by simply wanting it to be gone. He has that much power. He loves every human, but will only save the ones who want Him. So much is predicted about end times that it looks like we’re in it. Read second Timothy, chapter three, verses one through five. That’s one of many that are obvious. God knows every persons thoughts and even people who have never heard the gospel will be judged according to their good or bad behavior. Ones who have heard it must choose between Christ and the world led by Satan.

Fran
2 months ago
Reply to  gin

Additionally read the 3rd prophesy of sr. Lucia, one of the 3 children who saw the Virgin Mary at
Fatima, Portugal.

gin
2 months ago
Reply to  Fran

I looked it up. The part about Russia turning sounds opposite to the bible prediction of them going after Israel during Armageddon.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  gin

This is just the beginning leading up to the Tribulation. The last “WEEK” to be fulfilled as stated in the Book of Daniel will not begin until the Rapture takes place.

pidl
2 months ago
Reply to  gin

I have a feeling that his saving us is taking us all into Heaven. There will be no more life earth.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  pidl

Read the Book of Revelation, there will be survivors from the “Tribulation” as JESUS CHRIST will reign for a thousand years as KING of the earth. After that time, GOD will have the final judgement for all his children from Adam and Eve to those living at the end. God will then make a new earth and new heaven and a new beginning for all of his creation.

Alligator
2 months ago

Apparently they are taking away babies as young as one month if someone “tests” positive, and taking people’s pet cats and dogs and bludgeoning them to death in front of the owners because of ZERO COVID!
They would love to do this to us. In fact they are already killing flocks of chickens un the US claiming they test positive.
If we don’t stop complying they will do us in.

Phyl
2 months ago

Think about it. This is what the liberal DC demonrats want in America. To obummer, Soros, Hitlery, and the rest of those buzzards, if they want communism, move to China. Let Americans be free.

RyansDad
2 months ago
Reply to  Phyl

Kick them out . . . NOW!!

Deb Rockwell
2 months ago

The globalists and people like Pelosi must be salivating at the idea of doing this to us as well.

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