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Coronavirus Blackmail: China Hints at Restricting Pharmaceutical Exports

(ZeroHedge) China’s CCP media mouthpiece, Xinhua News, has published a new article titled “Be bold: the world owes China a thank you.”

In it, the author suggests that the coronavirus outbreak is much worse in the United States than authorities are letting on – while noting that President Trump praised China’s measures to control the outbreak during a recent press conference. Xinhua also points out that the US stock market “has plummeted continuously, with a drop of more than 12% in just one week.”

The article then suggests the travel ban imposed on China – including the restriction of people who have visited China – was ‘unkind,’ and has had a ‘great economic impact’ on the country.

The punchline? If China retaliates against the United States at this time, including a travel ban or a strategic restriction over medical exports,  America would be “plunged into the mighty sea of coronavirus.”

Xinhua notes that “most of the drugs in the United States are imported,” and that “most masks in the United States are made in China and imported from China,” an that if restricted, the US won’t be able to take “the most basic measures to prevent the new coronavirus.”

Indeed (via F. William Engdahl of New Eastern Outlook):

80% of present medicines consumed in the United States are produced in China. This includes Chinese companies and foreign drug companies that have outsourced their drug manufacture in joint ventures with Chinese partners…

The made in China drugs today include most antibiotics, birth control pills, blood pressure medicines such as valsartan, blood thinners such as heparin, and various cancer drugs. It includes such common medicines as penicillin, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), and aspirin. 

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