Members of Boris Johnson’s government have disclosed that “anger goes right to the top” of 10 Downing Street — the Prime Minister’s official residence — over the Chinese Communist Party’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. The anger stems in large part from a misinformation campaign launched by the regime accusing a United States military delegation in Wuhan of starting the global pandemic.
“There is a disgusting disinformation campaign going on and it is unacceptable. They [the Chinese regime] know they have got this badly wrong and rather than owning it they are spreading lies,” a Downing Street source told the Daily Mail.
Scientific advisors have informed Mr Johnson that it is likely that China is also lying about the number of coronavirus cases in the country, downplaying the figures “by a factor of 15 to 40 times”.
Though any re-evaluation of the relationship with China has been put off until after the pandemic calms down, a senior official told the newspaper: “It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement.”
“There has to be a reckoning when this is over,” said another.
At the heart of the re-evaluation will be the status of Boris Johnson’s decision to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei access to Britain’s 5G infrastructure. The Huawei deal placed a stain on the “special relationship” with the United States, which along with Australia has warned that the Chinese would gain back door access into the networks of Britain and her allies.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Stephen Neil