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Age of Marriage: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that a minor Muslim girl on attaining puberty is at liberty to marry anyone as per the Muslim Personal Law. The order passed by Justice Alka Sarin came in response to a petition by a Muslim couple.
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Wuhan and COVID-19: After many days of field studies in Wuhan, China, Peter Ben Emberek, the head of a WHO team, has said the COVID-19 virus was most likely introduced from an intermediate host to humans. It’s likely that the virus was transmitted from frozen food. There’s need to look at frozen food supply chains & do surveys of animals like bat in China and other countries that could be reservoirs of virus.
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Saving Capacity & Loot of Tax payers: This is loot and robbing the tax payer of saving capacity. A developing nation cannot catch up with the advanced countries if the majority of the tax payers have zero saving capacity.
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Trudeau’s Double Face: Four years after the Quebec City Mosque Attack, Justin Trudeau announced that January 29th of every year should be the National Day of Remembrance to make Canada safer for all…RIGHTLY SO but at the same time he also allows the Khalistanis and separatists who want to divide India operate from the Canadian soil.
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China and Free Speech: China is too much.What else can you expect from that country. The heading of an opinion piece by the Editor-in-Chief of China’s official mouthpiece Global Times on 9 Feb screams: “Free speech cannot be allowed to jeopardize China’s governance”.
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Birthplace of Lord Krishna: Mathura court has issued notice to Shahi Idgah Masjid management committee on a plea for removal of a 17th-century mosque near the birthplace of Lord Krishna in the Katra Keshav Dev temple complex.
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Go after Secessionists: Deep Sidhu’s arrest is just the beginning. All anti-nationals and separatists should be hauled up
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Infrastructure Vs Political Doles: The making of Delhi-Mumbai 8 lane expressway. Modi Government is channelising resources for economic infrastructure. Manmohan Singh led UPA Govt squandered public money on populist doles. For example, it diverted money from road construction to housing for slum dwellers.
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Wuhan is the epicentre of COVID 19; China should be taken to ICJ

By Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan

Even as this paper is being written, the worldwide coronavirus cases have crossed 7,20,00 and the deaths crossing 33000. This pandemic is likely to have far reaching geo-economic impact that could have a major bearing on the evolving global order, unless the rest of the world comes together to make China pay for its role in creating this pandemic.

China would claim, with tacit support from the ‘compromised(?)’ WHO that it was more a victim and it was its actions that prevented larger impact. Whether its actions were indeed timely, as claimed by WHO or otherwise is open to question. However, China seems to have unleashed its ‘Three Warfares’[1] Strategy, part of its ‘Unrestricted Warfare (URW)’[2] very early to contain and deflect negative attention.

Three Warfares Strategy

This strategy, which is a part of URW, was formalized as part of CCP and PLA as far back as 2003[3] when it was incorporated in the Political Works Regulation. Information, Psychological and Legal Warfare forms the three-pronged thrust for ‘Influence Operations’ as part of this strategy. China has been honing its skills and seems to have now achieved some proficiency. It has also created an effective cyber and internet control to deflect the negative perceptions.

Consider a simple term now being (mis)used – epicentre. As per the Cambridge Dictionary an epicentre is the ground zero of a major catastrophe. It is implicit that for any such event – like Wuhan COVID 19 pandemic, there can only be one ground zero – WUHAN. Yet it is disheartening to hear CGTN, CNN, BBC, WHO et al talk of new ‘epicentre’ in Europe and that it is shifting to USA??? What is meant is new ‘Hot Spots’; yet by using this term so loosely it deflects attention from China – the main culprit.

By shifting goalposts on patient zero and deleting posts from internet that indicate otherwise China is covering up for its gross negligence (or was it a planned ‘negligence’?). In early January 2020, reports had emerged that it was in mid-November 2019 that doctors in Wuhan and detected that there was an epidemic emerging. Yet now China appears to create a narrative that patient Zero was detected in mid-November[4]. The spread of the pandemic to Iran, Italy and other countries belies this logic. The linkages with North Italy’s garment industry, Italy’s joining the BRI, with projects all being in North Italy, and the start of this pandemic in North Italy suggest that China has much to hide. Similarly, Iran had sent a high level delegation to China in October 2019, and had been having these exchanges since August 2019. It is no small wonder then that Qom, where many Chinese backed projects are functioning, was the origin of this epidemic in Iran[5].

Yet these narratives are being overcome by the new articles and opinion pieces that show China in a positive light. The WHO seems to be leading this crusade. If SARS in Middle East can be named MERS, if a bacterium detected in Sweden in an Indian origin patient be named NDM-1, why has China not been named in either SARS or H1N1 or COVID-19? What makes China so special?

China is playing a marathon, to paraphrase Michael Pillsbury[6], while the rest are unaware of it. Fifty years down the line, while the Middle East and New Delhi would be remembered for these epidemics, no one may remember that the SARS, H1N1 and COVID-19 occurred due to gross negligence by China. That is how China aims to clean its slate of all such activities.

Natural or Manmade

Many researchers are putting out their opinions that the mutation of normal coronavirus with SARS to create this virulent novel-coronavirus has occurred naturally. Be that as it may, they have not provided any counter evidence to the fact that this could also have been manmade. While this maybe difficult to prove, considering the acute censorship of information emanating from China, yet there are some ‘circumstantial evidence’ emanating that all was not well in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Maj Gen Chen Wei

In January Maj Gen Chen Wei, China’s top military bio-warfare expert, was appointed as the head of this Wuhan Lab, sparking conspiracy theories that the coronavirus outbreak was linked to this lab[7]. The jury is still out on this, the appointment of a PLA general to control the lab does raise suspicions. There had been rumours that an infected animal (or animals) was sold in this seafood market leading to this contagion.

On 26 January 2020 China unveiled its 8 member Leading Small Group to counter this epidemic, after obfuscating and denying the existence of this disease[8]. The composition raised eyebrows as many amongst the group had spent their life in furthering CCP’s propaganda. It seems that the aim, apart from limiting the already widespread damage that this epidemic had caused, was to contain the damage to China’s International image. And it seems to be succeeding to some extent.

To grasp the damage that this would have done to China itself, it is important to understand the key location of Wuhan. It is a major transportation and logistics hub and has served as China’s capital twice earlier – in 1927 under the left wing of Kuomintang, and for ten months as the wartime capital in 1937 during the second Sino-Japanese War. It is one of the nine political, financial, commercial, cultural and educational centres of Han Heartland. It is for this reason that when Xi Jinping created the Joint Logistics Support Force (JLSF), during the ongoing reorganization and restructuring of the PLA since December 2015, it was HQ in Wuhan.

It is unlikely that Xi Jinping would not have grasped the extent of damage that this contagion would do to China. However, unlike during the SARS outbreak in November 2002, when China preferred to hide the contagion till February 2003, it was not networked deeply in the globalized world. At that time, it may have wanted to cover up this epidemic fearing for the economic backlash that would have occurred if the foreign companies had moved their bases out to other emerging economies in the region. The CCP would not have survived such an economic disaster.

However, with its extensive economic network (including its vast BRI network) with the rest of the world, it appears that Xi Jinping took a calculated risk to keep the lid on this epidemic till as late as feasible. He seems to have calculated that when the rest of the world would be struggling to cope with this epidemic and face economic lock downs China would step in and capture new markets. Is he playing with fire? Has China recovered? There have been disturbing reports that even as the epidemic was uncontrolled, China had shifted over 80000 Uyghurs from the concentration camps in Xin Jiang to factories in Han Heartland to restart factories[9]. How many more have been sent since then?

These do indicate towards a manmade strategy for creating this pandemic, which has either created this epidemic, or utilized the epidemic to evolve into a pandemic through its land and sea corridors of BRI and the global supply chains, plus its vast tourist outreach.

Way Ahead

China has been a regular defaulter in such epidemics, SARS in 2002 and H1N1in 2009 being the previous cases. In the words of Ian Fleming (Gold Finger, 1959) ‘Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence but a third time Sir is enemy action’. This is where China is at, a third will full obfuscation leading to such a vast pandemic. It needs to be called out and be made to pay so heavily that future generations would think multiple times before such will full acts.            

China should be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on charges of will full genocide through this pandemic and CCP leadership be held guilty on all counts. If it fails to accept it, China should be considered an outcast and be removed from the UN and all International Institutions. Also, all countries and MNCs should disassociate from all China led ‘shadow organisations’[10]. Concurrently China should be forced to cover the economic losses that would be incurred by the rest of the World due to it.

*First Published by The United Service Institution of India – USI


Maj Gen. Rajiv Narayanan, is recognised globally as an expert on China. With 37 years of experience and established leadership qualities across the career span with the Indian Army, he has been responsible for policy formulation for strategic and operational preparedness, resource optimization based on periodic SWOT & PESTLE analysis and Force Structuring, modernization plans of Weapons and Equipment including prioritisation. He is an expert in terms of Strategic Financial Analysis over the entire breadth of operations; Planning & Forecasting, Human Resource & Resource Planning, Logistics and Equipment Management, Corporate Communications, Knowledge Management ,and Financial Analysis and Planning. He has been awarded Ati Vishishta Seva Medal (AVSM) for outstanding contribution.
In his capacity as Executive Director Military Operations Ministry of Defence, he has played a key role in Strategic Force structure, equipment upgrade and modernisation, and strategic financial planning.


REFERENCE

[1] The PLA’s Latest Strategic Thinking on the Three Warfares, Elsa Kania, 22 August 2016, China Brief Vol 16: Issue 13, Jamestown Foundation,  https://jamestown.org/program/the-plas-latest-strategic-thinking-on-the-three-warfares/

[2] Unrestricted Warfare (Literally – Warfare Beyond Rules), Senior Colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, February 1999, Beijing: PLA Literature and Arts Publishing House

[3] China Brief, op cit

[4] https://www.businesstoday.in/latest/trends/china-first-coronavirus-case-can-be-traced-back-to-nov-17-report/story/398174.html

[5] Strategic Partnership with China Lies at the Root of Iracounter this epidemic, after obfuscating and down playingn’s Coronavirus Outbreak, Benoit Faucon, Sune Engel Rasmussen and Jeremy Page, 11 March 2020, Wall Street Journal

[6] The Hundred Year Marathon: China’s Strategy to replace America as the Global Super Power, Michael Pillsbury, St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition 15 March 2016

[7] China ‘appoints its top military bio-warfare expert to take over secretive virus lab in Wuhan’, sparking conspiracy theories that coronavirus outbreak is linked to Beijing’s army, Billie Thompson, 14 February 2020, The Daily Mail UK, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8003713/China-appoints-military-bio-weapon-expert-secretive-virus-lab-Wuhan.html

[8] The CCP’s New Leading Small Group for Countering the Coronavirus Epidemic—and the Mysterious Absence of Xi Jinping, John Dotson, 05 February 2020, China Brief Volume 20: Issue 3, Jamestown Foundation, https://jamestown.org/program/the-ccps-new-leading-small-group-for-countering-the-coronavirus-epidemic-and-the-mysterious-absence-of-xi-jinping/

[9] China transferred detained Uighurs to factories used by global brands – report, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/01/china-transferred-detained-uighurs-to-factories-used-by-global-brands-report

[10] China’s Shadow Foreign Policy: Parallel Structures Challenge the Established International Order

By Sebastian Heilmann, Moritz Rudolf, Mikko Huotari and Johannes Buckow, MERICS China Monitor, Number 18, 28 October 2014

USA slaps $ 20 trillion US Dollars lawsuit against China

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Dallas, Texas: $20 trillion US Dollars lawsuit has been filed against People’s Republic of China, the official Chinese Army and Wuhan Institute of Virilogy, Shi Zhengli, Director Wuhan Institute of Virology and Major General Chen Wei of China’s People’s Liberation Army, by Freedom Watch along with a business establishment, and Larry Klayman, a conservative lawyer and on behalf of different classes of people, including all similarly situated, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT CONCERNING MASSIVE DAMAGE CAUSED BY DEFENDANTS AS A RESULT OF CLOVID-19 RELEASE FROM AN ILLEGAL AND INTERNATIONALLY OUTLAWED BIOWEAPONS FACILITY IN THE CITY OF WUHAN OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

The Plaintiffs have demanded through their Class Complaint, filed on 17 March, that the Defendants, each and every one of them, jointly and severally as joint tortfeasors, be ordered an award in excess of $20 trillion U.S. Dollars and such other relief the Court may deem just and proper for compensatory and actual damages because of their demonstrable physical and emotional injury to Plaintiffs and the class and subclases, punitive damages because of Defendants callous and reckless indifference and malicious acts.

The case has been made out on the ground that due to the wrongful conduct of the defendants, people suffered conscious pain, suffering, severe emotional distress and the fear of imminent serious bodily injury or death, and death, and have suffered pecuniary and economic damage, loss of support, loss of nurture, care and guidance, grief, anguish, loss of services, loss of society, and other mental and physical injuries.

CONSPIRACY TO CAUSE INJURY AND EVEN DEATH OF U.S. CITIZENS

The Defendants are responsible for the deaths of at least 41 U.S. citizens, and mounting, and others in the class from COVID-19 viral infections, the petitioners have alleged. The petition goes on to point out that as a direct and proximate consequence of Defendants’, each and every one of them acting in concert jointly and severally as joint tortfeasors, wanton and irresponsible recklessness and negligence, the public release and spread of COVID19 has caused the Plaintiffs and other members of the class and subclasses illness, death, medical expenses, economic disruption and damage, loss of employment and other great losses including but not limited to loss of time for their chosen lives, and social disruption.

It has been underscored:

It appears that the COVID-19 virus was released at an unplanned, unexpected time, it was prepared and stockpiled as a biological weapon to be used against China’s perceived enemies, including but not limited to the people of the United States.

While COVID-19 virus may be too slow acting and slow-spreading to be used quickly against an enemy’s military, it was designed to be used agaist the general population of one or more of China’s perceived enemy nations, such as the United States.

Thus, the Defendants, each and every one of them acting in concert jointly and severally as joint tortfeasors, created and/or refined and then stockpiled biological weapons for the express purpose of using such weapons against its perceived enemies, including but not limited to the people of the United States.

Material Support to terrorists

The petition says, each of the Defendants, each and every one of them acting in concert as joint tortfeasors is providing material support to the preparation and carrying out of numerous acts of what in effect constitutes international terrorism which have placed the Plaintiff(s) in imminent danger of death or illness.

As a result of such support to terrorist groups, Defendants violated the law of nations, established U.S. law, international laws, treaties and norms, including but not limited to those sections previously set forth: The Declaration on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism and citations therein incorporated by reference adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 9, 1994 (GA Res. 49/50); The AntiTerror Act, 18 U.S.C. 113B; The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act,

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Latest update from China on Coronavirus

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Beijing: Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper has reported that newly confirmed novel coronavrius cases decreased for a second straight day, showing the effectiveness of previous control measures, citing China’s National Health Commission on Friday.

According to Global Times (Friday 7 February):

The death rate of coronavirus infection (China nationwide rate) further dropped to 2%, cities in Hubei except Wuhan declined to 1.3% and Wuhan 4.1%.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had a telephonic talk with US President Donald Trump Friday morning. Jinping told US President that China has full confidence and capability to overcome the coronavirus epidemic and the “long-term positive trend of the Chinese economy remains unchanged”.

Remdesivir demonstrates the most invitro activity against coronavirus among existing drugs but won’t be used to treat patients until the clinical trial produces desirable effects. We have strict, scientific assessment standards: Zhao Jianping, member of Wuhan medical team

73 new deaths, 3,143 new confirmed cases were reported on Feb 6 in the Chinese mainland, said China’s National Health Commission. The total infection number soared to 31,161, with 636 deaths as of Feb 6

Hubei reported 2,447 new cases of novel coronavirus on Feb 6, with 69 new deaths; total infection number in the province rose to 22,112, with 618 dead and 817 recovered.

Chinese nationals related by marriage or otherwise to foreign citizens in Wuhan can leave with their families if they have valid international travel documents and wish to leave. Chinese nationals who are lineal or legal relatives of foreign citizens in Wuhan can leave with their families if they have valid international travel documents and wish to leave: Chinese FM

Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, one of the eight “whistleblowers” who tried to warn other medics of the coronavirus outbreak but were reprimanded by local police, died from coronavirus at 2:58 am Friday.

194 salespeople from a shopping mall in N China’s Tianjin have been put into quarantine after 23 people infected with the coronavirus were found at the mall, leading to about 9,200 entering quarantine.

The Red Cross Society of China Wuhan Branch has received 1.028 billion yuan ($147 million) in donations as of Thursday. Wuhan, in Central China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Some medicines may bring hope, but they need further observation in clinical tests. Life support is still a major way to treat amid coronavirus outbreak.

No inflection point in sight despite numbers of newly reported cases dropping for two consecutive days, the whole country should continue focusing on finding suspected cases and strictly imposing quarantine measures: veteran expert Zhong Nanshan