By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent
(TNS) After scores of people were killed by a novel coronavirus that originated from one of China’s infamously filthy, putrid “wet markets” in Wuhan, the government is allowing them to reopen now that the ‘danger’ has passed.
As Americans are just beginning to feel the deadly effects of coronavirus, the Chinese government has the temerity and arrogance to allow the very markets where this virus and SARS originated to begin the process of creating the next global pandemic.
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If ever there were a reason for the United States to completely decouple our economy from theirs, this is it.
The Associated Press reported in February:
SARS and the current outbreak of COVID-19 are not the only diseases in people traced back to animals. The killing and sale of what is known as bushmeat in Africa is thought to be a source for Ebola. Bird flu likely came from chickens at a market in Hong Kong in 1997. Measles is believed to have evolved from a virus that infected cattle.
Scientists have not yet determined exactly how the new coronavirus first infected people. Evidence suggests it originated in bats, which infected another animal that spread it to people at a market in the southeastern city of Wuhan. The now-shuttered Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market advertised dozens of species such as giant salamanders, baby crocodiles and raccoon dogs that were often referred to as wildlife, even when they were farmed.
Note that in February, Chinese President Xi Jinping “resolutely outlaw and harshly crack down” on the illegal exotic wildlife trade in China — just as China did in the wake of the SARS outbreak nearly two decades ago.
But it now appears as though his pledge was about as meaningful and accurate as his Communist government’s propaganda reporting of coronavirus illnesses and deaths.
According to the Daily Mail, wet markets have reopened across China after the communist government publicly declared victory over COVID-19.
At one market in Guilin, a southern Chinese city, a Daily Mail correspondent watched as cats and dogs were waiting to be sold for their meat.
At yet another market in Dongguan, a second Daily Mail reporter took pictures of signs advertising the sale of bats, scorpions, snakes, lizards, and other exotic wild animals.
“Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there’s nothing to worry about anymore. It’s just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned,” one of the correspondents said.
The Dongguan reporter did note one difference.
“The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus,” he said. “The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before.”
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If anyone still doubts the wisdom of President Donald Trump’s China decoupling strategy after all of this, they’re simply looking for any reason to oppose him.
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