The year 2020 has been devastating to many countries across the world, particularly our own. There is a critical question that must have an accurate answer soon and it depends on the honesty and truthfulness of the Chinese Communist Party.

It is indisputable that the coronavirus began In Wuhan, China. It began in December and was originally described as a mysterious type of pneumonia that allegedly originated in a “wet market.” In January the CCP identified the virus but proclaimed it was not transmissible. This was echoed by the World Health Organization. Wuhan, a city of 11 million, experienced a complete quarantine. In spite of this situation, flights to all parts of the world were permitted to proceed normally to Europe, the United States and many other areas while at the same time no flights were permitted to other destinations in China. Why?

Have you considered that the CCP’s utilizing some sort of worldwide problem of this nature would be in their best interest? Before you depart too far from this thought, please focus on the reality that our number one adversary today is Communist China and no one else. China is the only nation on earth that has the economic muscle and ability to challenge our resources and capabilities both militarily and economically. The leaders of Communist China have plainly stated their plan is to be the most dominant nation in the world and to achieve that at the earliest time possible. Under current circumstances, they do not have the military prowess to overtake us today. However, never forget the leadership in Communist China operates on one basis and that is power, control and all else be damned.

Many of our major pharmaceutical companies have abdicated their productive capabilities and become dependent on China. The coronavirus outbreak has exposed the United States’ dangerous dependence on China for pharmaceutical and medical supplies, including an estimated 97% of all antibiotics and 80% of the active ingredients needed to produce drugs in the United States (https://tinyurl.com/y7tq774g). It is imperative that our pharmaceutical drug companies stop this reliance and bring this manufacturing base home and do this with dispatch.

Our national quarantine has shut down our economy like nothing ever encountered previously. This is demonstrably true of small business, the backbone of our economy. This will create an untold number of bankruptcies in small businesses and in well-known large companies as well. This part of the domino reaction has not occurred yet because of the federal government’s $3 trillion rescue program. All businesses must soon function on their own or economic collapse will be upon us. Obviously, their openings should be accomplished in as safe a manner as possible with guidance from health care leadership.

Our country has over 1.25 million cases of the virus with 73,211 deaths, compared to the alleged numbers from China of 83,883 cases with 4,633 deaths. Do you really believe their reporting is accurate? They claim since April 4 for the next 32 days that they have zero new cases of coronavirus per Xinhual2020 05-06-og: 39:35 (Chinese News). These claims do not pass the smell test of reality. Additionally, Wuhan is now open for business and Disney World in Shanghai is again open. Does this add up to you?

While most nations have been preoccupied with effects and problems created by this virus pandemic, the Communist Chinese have made every effort to extend their influence in other Asiatic nations. Without question they have attempted to bully other countries as they perceive that our naval forces are limited because of virus infections. At the same time, the Communist Chinese claim that none of their military have had any infection of this at all. Obviously, this is nothing more than another bald-faced lie.

Our president and Secretary of State Pompeo believe this plague emanated from the Virology Laboratory in Wuhan and have not been reluctant to ask strongly for the CCP to accept responsibility for this problem. However, at this juncture, the Communist Chinese have come forward with an aggressive disinformation campaign against us and have insinuated that they could cut off or decrease the pharmaceutical necessities for our use. Another veiled threat also circulated that they were preparing their military for possible armed conflict with the United States.

I believe that what the Communist Chinese could not achieve militarily, they have done in a ruthless inhumane manner. I hope in the days to come as this virus begins to wane, that the civilized nations come together and demand recognition and responsibility for this pandemic and the deceitful manner that Chinese Communist Party has utilized.

Another View is a Maine Press Association award-winning column written by Midcoast conservative citizens/writers Jan Dolcater, Ken Frederic, Paul Ackerman, Doc Wallace and Dale Landrith Sr.