Europe ‘wary of confronting China over deaths’

Excerpts from BBC:

“China is continuing to under-report the true levels of deaths from Covid-19, national security officials in London and Washington believe.

But European officials are wary about directly challenging China over the figures, sources told the BBC. That concern also extends to confronting Beijing over an information campaign to improve its standing and distract from blame in the crisis.

China has denied allegations of a cover up, saying it has been transparent about its efforts to battle the virus.

On 17 April, officials in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak is believed to have begun, raised the death toll from Covid-19 by 50 per cent overnight. They said the sharp increase reflected updated reporting and deaths outside hospitals, insisting there had been no cover-up.

But several officials in London and Washington say they still believe the picture is not an accurate reflection of the death toll, and that the central government in Beijing knows this. They do not however believe China knows the real figure for certain and is hiding it.

Western intelligence officials say that figures underplaying the toll are likely pushed up the chain from a local level by Chinese officials nervous of revealing the full truth, and these make their way up to Beijing, with officials at the top fully aware of this problem occurring along the chain.

“It is impossible to know what the figures are in China. What we do know is the figures are very likely to be wrong,” Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, told the BBC.

Governments in Europe have been wary of engaging in a diplomatic row with China at a sensitive time. One UK official, who like others declined to speak on the record, said there was a “nervousness” about confronting China and that relations were “delicate”.

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Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
1 month ago

Could, may be, china just turn off their 5G? From what I can gather so far, that is what we really need to fear.

Dr. Eowyn
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1 month ago

Just another sign of bankruptcy of the EU. This is what happens when peoples don’t preserve and take pride in their own tradition — of Western civilization and Christianity.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Eurowienies have lost their spine.

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
1 month ago

Europe also cowarded away from standing up to Iran (because of their oil deals). And to Saddam when he invaded Kuwait, for that matter (though not as strongly).

CalGirl
CalGirl
1 month ago

Most of Europe has been the bane of our existence for more than a century: Needy, argumentative, warring, increasingly socialist/and-or in love with their rag-heads at the expense of their own citizens, their economies, their culture, groveling for oil when they damned well have other resources of their own….and through all this and more—when things go south due to their governmental handling of events—always whining with their hand out for help from the USA. And then, insult to injury, when we need them to ally with us against the bullies of the Earth, they turn their backs on us and… Read more »

TrailDust
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1 month ago

The EU has no basis for making a stand. Having lost their connection with the living God, they have no authority except personal gain or loss.