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Submitted by Anon (Israel), Apr 3, 2020 at 13:37

You claim - as though you know - that China "bungled" when it came to the Corona virus, when in fact you know no such thing. Perhaps that virus escaped from a research lab in Wuhan, perhaps it did not. One cannot state with certainty - as you have done - that China has bungled things up with the Corona virus.
Say 'perhaps China has bungled' and it sounds more accurate and very very different.

I also do not believe that China deliberately sends defective medical equipment to the West. Again, this is quite a claim and such a claim requires a high level of proof. Circumstantial evidence is faulty. It is through circumstantial evidence that some Chinese claim that the virus originated in the U.S. It's an easy enough game to play. Just say: "Isn't it interesting that Trump comes to power and that America, under Trump, engages in economic war with China and then China suffers an epidemic?". Then add that Republicans have increasingly spoken about China as a threat. Then assert that America is behind China's corona outbreak.

These sort of unfounded claims should not be made. And I say that despite thinking it is entirely possible that the virus did escape from a research lab.

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