China Using 'Netizen' Petition to Pressure W.H.O. into Blaming U.S. for Coronavirus

China Using 'Netizen' Petition to Pressure W.H.O. into Blaming U.S. for Coronavirus


China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday reported that over half a million “Chinese netizens” have signed a petition calling on the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to investigate the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick as a potential origin location of the Chinese coronavirus.

The state newspaper’s coverage did not specify if any way existed for the W.H.O. to verify that all “netizens” involved – social media users whose opinions the Communist Party does not censor – were real people or simply usernames on Chinese social media sites. The Chinese government has for months promoted the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that, despite all evidence suggesting the Chinese coronavirus originated in China, its true origin is in the Fort Detrick facility.

The Global Times gave the game away by muttering that “the move came as certain Western politicians and media stirred up a new round

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