- THE EPOCH TIMES - Nov 11, 2020 -
The Chinese regime capitalized on the global spread of the CCP virus to destabilize the United States—and ultimately impact the presidential election—according to Robert Spalding, author of the book “Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept.”
“We are in 2020, in the midst of a people’s war waged by the Chinese Communist Party around the world to essentially destroy liberalism,” Spalding, a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, told The Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders” program on Nov. 10.
In early January, the regime found itself with its “back against the wall,” having signed the phase one U.S.–China trade deal that would have forced it to modify its economy. That, in turn, would result in rising unemployment domestically, Spalding said.
But as the outbreak in Wuhan erupted, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) realized that they could “take this crisis and turn it into an opportunity,” he said, noting that the Chinese word for “crisis” consists of the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.”
So the regime enabled the global spread of the virus by allowing international air travel while shutting down domestic travel, Spalding said. It also amassed and hoarded medical supplies from around the world, causing a global shortage.
It then ran a multi-faceted information campaign to cover up its role in causing the pandemic, while trumpeting its handling of the outbreak. For example, it pressured the World Health Organization to downplay the risk of human-to-human transmission in the early stages; ran disinformation campaigns alleging the virus originated from the United States and Europe; and deployed social media campaigns to encourage lockdowns similar to those in China, along with the idea that the United States and other countries weren’t doing a good job in handling the pandemic—a narrative that gained significant traction before the election.
“So when you add all of these things together, the actions by the Chinese Communist Party deliberately impacted the U.S. election,” Spalding said.