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Beijing Exploits Identity Politics to Deflect Pandemic Blame, Expert Says


The Chinese regime has leveraged identity politics in the West to deflect attention away from its role in causing the global pandemic, according to historian Victor Davis Hanson.

Over the past few months, Beijing has deployed an aggressive information campaign aimed at shaping the narratives surrounding the pandemic in its favor. This campaign involves deflecting attention away from its coverup of the initial outbreak by trumpeting itself as a global leader in fighting the disease, and suggesting that the virus originated from outside of China while criticizing other countries handling of the outbreak.

One element in this strategy is playing the victim card, Hanson said.

“Theyre very manipulative in the sense of tapping into the race, class, gender, progressive identity politics,” Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, told The Epoch Times “American Thought Leaders” program.

“They understand the mind of the left, that they can somehow pose as a victim—even though they were the victimizer in this crisis.”

Hanson said the regime does this by branding themselves as part of the American “other”—that is, not part of the white majority.

In March, the regime hit out at President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials for using the phrase “Chinese Virus” or “Wuhan Virus” to describe the disease, calling it racist and xenophobic. During the early stages of the outbreak, Chinese state-media had itself used the name “Wuhan Pneumonia” in its reports.

Chinas ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu claimed in a recent interview with local media outlet Global News that “China is a victim not only of the disease itself, but also of disinformation.”

The result of this strategy, Hanson said, is that Westerners are “much more careful to say anything negative about China, because theyre going to come completely back, and then tap into the identity politics movement.”

Hanson pointed to the regimes hypocrisy, “Theyre a monoracial culture for the most part, and theyve been very racist in their policies toward other countries.”

He added: “They have a million people in reeducation camps. They practice a systematic discrimination against Africans who they ostensibly champion. Theyve destroyed the culture of Tibet, and yet they pose as shocked and disillusioned with American xenophobia and racism and illiberality.”

While the Chinese regime has lashed out at instances of anti-Chinese racism overseas amid the pandemic, it has failed to stop racist treatment of Africans at home. As a result of virus-related discrimination, African migrants in the southern Chinese province of Guangzhou have been barred from shops, restaurants, and hotels, and evicted from their homes.

Hanson called out Western media outlets that have repeated the Chinese regimes propaganda in order to criticize Trump.

“We had this Orwellian situation where the media was not just anti-Trump, but was actually picking up talking points from China,” he said.

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