Arun Anand explains how a secret bio-weapon deal took place between India’s two hostile neighbours China and Pakistan, a secret project which involves China testing biological agents outside its borders. And then India experiences an unexplained surge in Covid-19 cases puzzling scientists!An interesting story appeared in well-known international science journal ‘ Nature’ on April 21 with the headline ‘India’s Massive COVID Surge Puzzles Scientists’.The article raises a pertinent question with no answers that why the second wave of Corona virus is spreading so fast in India? ” The virus is spreading faster than ever before in the country despite previous high infection rates in megacities, which should have conferred some protection,” says this article raising an interesting point.That brings to the fore the possibility of biological warfare against India! There is no conclusive evidence and it wouldn’t be correct to jump to the conclusion right now. But there is an interesting report which should draw our attention and might provide some clue as to why while India faces the severe onslaught of second wave of Covid-19( a virus that originated from Wuhan in China), while its neighbours like Pakistan with much poor health infrastructure and China, the womb of this virus, remains largely unaffected.This report, we are talking about, was published by an Australian website “The Klaxon” on July 23, 2020. The story was picked initially by many Indian media houses and then suddenly disappeared mysteriously from the news and opinion pages as well as from any other public discourse.We are sharing the excerpts of the Klaxon report which was published with headline:” China’s Wuhan lab operating “covert operations” in Pakistan, handling “anthrax-like” pathogens”Here are the excerpts(the full report can be read at https://www.indiatoday.in/
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-Under the spotlight after Coronavirus savaged the globe, China’s Wuhan lab has now set up operations in Pakistan as part of a broader offensive against India and Western rivals, according to intelligence experts. The secret facility is allegedly handling anthrax-like pathogens which could assist in biological warfare.
-Pakistan and China have entered a secret three-year deal to expand potential bio-warfare capabilities, including running several research projects related to the deadly agent anthrax, according to multiple intelligence sources.
-In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak on Chinese soil, China’s now infamous Wuhan Institute of Virology has signed the covert deal with Pakistan military’s Defense Science and Technology Organization (DESTO), to collaborate research in “emerging infectious diseases” and advance studies on the biological control of transmitted diseases.
According to highly credible intelligence sources, the program is being entirely funded by China and is formally titled the “Collaboration for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Studies on Biological Control of Vector Transmitting Diseases”.
Intelligence sources, including from the Indian subcontinent, have told The Klaxon they have serious concerns about the secret project, which involves China testing biological agents outside its borders in an apparent bid to minimize the “risk of drawing condemnation from the international community”.
-… China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology had “lent all financial, material and scientific support for the project”.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has drawn the international spotlight in recent months because the Coronavirus is thought to have originated in Wuhan.The covert China-Pakistan project has conducted “successful soil sampling tests” to isolate Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT), which has a “striking similarity” to Bacillus Anthracis – or anthrax – The Klaxon is told.
“Considering the striking similarity between BT and Bacillus Anthracis, a classified bio-warfare agent, (Pakistan’s) improved know-how in handling the bacteria could enrich a potential offensive biological program,” one source said.
-Pakistan had been provided with the reagents for Bacillus Thuringiensis by the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The Wuhan lab was providing “extensive training on manipulation of pathogens and bio-informatics” to Pakistani scientists “to help Pakistan develop its own virus collection database”. “This could help Pakistan enhance its capability of genetic identification of viruses, access to dangerous microorganisms, and use of genomic tools for research and infectious diseases,” an intelligence source told The Klaxon.
-The secret project was “detached from supervision of civilian universities or government health departments in Pakistan” and was structured so as to allow “unspecified” future operations.The agreement “clearly outlines that the cooperation is not necessarily limited to stated objectives” and “new thematic research to monitor potential new diseases can be added by either party”, a source said.
-One security expert, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Klaxon that India and key western intelligence agencies viewed China’s involvement in the project as being “driven chiefly by its agenda to engage Pakistan against India”.“China’s keen interest in the project is driven chiefly by its agenda to engage Pakistan against India and to conduct potentially dangerous experiments on foreign soil, without subjecting its own land and people to risk,” the expert said.The plan was part of a move by Beijing to “designate Pakistan a destination for hazardous bio chemical research” while “evading use of its own territory for such activities”, which “stand the risk of drawing criticism and condemnation from the international community”.One example was a proposal to test a Coronavirus vaccine, made by Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm, on Pakistani citizens.
-The China-Pakistan biological project had already undertaken experiments on the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus (CCHFV), sources said.
CCHFV is a rapid-onset fever virus that causes death in about 25% of cases and is similar to the Ebola virus. CCHFV is categorised as a “class-4” microorganism – the highest possible risk category. Class-4 microorganisms, which also include the Ebola, Marburg and Lassa viruses, are those which can kill humans, can easily travel from one person to another and for which there are no known treatments or vaccines.
–Pakistan is allegedly carrying out tests on CCHFV in laboratories which are not equipped to handle Bio-Safety Level-4 diseases. “Under these circumstances, concerns over manipulation of class 4 pathogens (and the associated) bio-safety issues cannot be overlooked,” an intelligence expert told The Klaxon.
-The threat of biological warfare has grown considerably in recent years, and experts have warned China is heavily involved in DNA research that could potentially enable a biological weapon to specifically target – or conversely to be ineffective against – people of specific races.
Intelligence sources told The Klaxon there were concerns the Wuhan Institute of Virology had also established the Institute of Medical Biology in Kunming, in China’s southern Yunnan province. There were concerns the Kunming facility, which is controlled by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, was also handling class-4 diseases without proper protections, sources said.
It is clear from the above excerpts as well as an unexpected surge in Covid-19 cases in India which experts are finding difficult to explain that there could more be than what meets the eye.It may be recalled that Dr. Li Meng-Yan, who is a virologist, researcher at the Hong Kong School of Public Health had said last year that the coronavirus that had ravaged the world, was created in a lab in Wuhan. She had said that she had the proof to support her claim that the virus was man-made. Interesting as The Washington Post reported last year, “Scientists from Johns Hopkins, Columbia and other leading American universities moved with rare speed when a Chinese virologist, Li-Meng Yan, published an explosive paper in September claiming that China had created the deadly coronavirus in a research lab.” The experts at these universities tried to debunk the Dr Li-Meng’s claims. However as ‘The Washington Post’ mentioned, this also raises another question that why the academia and scientific community in US moved with such “rare speed”. The answer probably lies in the fact that the US academic circle is increasingly being driven by the Chinese money. The influence of Chinese money on US universities and global academic circles is well-known and the issue has been flagged by many in the past(https://www.
bloombergquint.com/global- economics/harvard-leads-u-s- colleges-that-received-1- billion-from-china).
(Views expressed are personal)