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‘You Rule By Surveillance, Yet You Failed’: German Newspaper Lashes Out At China Over Corona Epidemic

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German newspaper Bild has strongly criticised Chinese President stating that he would not be able to rule a day without tracking every citizen through its surveillance systems and yet, his government could not track the spread of COVID-19.

Popular German tabloid Bild gunned at Chinese Communist Party and Chinese President especially for failure on two counts: human rights violations and failure to convey the severity of the COVID-19 to the world. The Newspaper Bild article was titled: “What China owes us.” The editor-in-chief wrote: “You [Jinping], your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it. Your top experts didn’t respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan. You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace.”

You have created an inscrutable, non-transparent China. Before Corona, China was known as a surveillance state. Now, China is known as a surveillance state that infected the world with a deadly disease.

The president was strongly criticized for his “rule by surveillance’’ yet failing “to monitor the diseased wet markets.” The paper called out the president Jinping’s Communist China as “[A] surveillance state that infected the world” and went on to state that would be his(Jinping’s) legacy to the world that because of his misguided malevolent measures, hundreds and thousands of wives were left without husbands, children without parent(s) and that China owed to the world.

In response to the article published in Germany’s largest paper that attracted lot of attraction worldwide, China’s embassy spokeswoman said the article “stirs up xenophobia and nationalism.”

Global Times, China accused Bild editor of intensifying “opposition between China and the West to hype himself.” The publication added that “He is undoubtedly a typical rogue figure in the global intellectual community in this turbulent era. He is a shame of German media.”

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