WHITE HOUSE: CHINESE DOCTORS WHO EXPOSED CCP REGIME CORONAVIRUS COVER-UP ARE HEROES OF DEMOCRACY

Washington Times on May 4, 2020, reported that the White House had said that Chinese doctors who sounded the alarm over the PRC cover-up of the coronavirus were heroes of democracy. Excerpts below:

Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security adviser, speaking in Chinese to a University of Virginia conference, said several doctors including Li Wenliang were persecuted by Chinese authorities for seeking to alert people and embody the spirit of China’s pre-communist May Fourth pro-democracy movement.

“To my mind, the heirs of the May Fourth Movement [1919] are civic-minded citizens who commit small acts of bravery, and sometimes big acts of bravery,”

Mr. Pottinger said, becoming the latest senior administration to issue a sharp critique of Beijing’s handling of the deadly global coronavirus outbreak. “Dr. Li Wenliang was such a person.”

The physician “wasn’t a demagogue in search of a new ideology that might save China. He was an ophthalmologist and a young father who committed a small act of bravery and then a big act of bravery.”

The unusual Chinese-language address by a senior White House official was to be broadcast into China as part of the Trump administration’s escalating war of words with Beijing over the coronavirus.

The Reuters news agency [has] reported that an internal Chinese think tank report prepared for the Ministry of State Security last month warned that Beijing may be facing a global anti-China backlash on the order of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 because of COVID-19.

In China, state-controlled press organs in recent weeks have stepped up their own attacks on U.S. officials, especially Mr. Pompeo, for publicly chastising China over its mishandling and covering up the disease outbreak.

On his death bed, Dr. Li told a reporter that “I think there should be more than one voice in a healthy society, and I don’t approve of using public power for excessive interference.”

Chinese Communist Party authorities have since tried to divert widespread public support for the doctor by declaring that he was a loyal party member and that unspecified “hostile forces” were using his death to attack the government.

A medical colleague of Dr. Li, Ai Fen, also has been silenced after voicing her concerns about the Chinese response to the virus outbreak to a reporters.

Mr. Pottinger said the activists who are bucking Chinese rule are part of a long national tradition of scholars “serving as China’s conscience.”

Millions of Hong Kong citizens and Catholic priests in China are facing repression, he noted.

The deputy security adviser said China today would benefit from less nationalism and more populism.

“Democratic populism is less about left vs. right than top vs. bottom,” he said. “It’s about reminding a few that they need the consent of many to govern. When a privileged few grow too remote and self-interested, populism is what pulls them back or pitches them overboard. It has a kinetic energy.”

The White House adviser cited similar populist energy behind the Brexit vote in Britain five years ago and President Trump’s election in 2016.

“It is an admonition to the powerful of this country to remember who they’re supposed to work for: America first,” Mr. Pottinger said.

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