When it comes to the authoritarian communist regime in China, it can be difficult to decipher fact from fiction at times.
The government in Beijing is notoriously tight-lipped for starters, and they are particularly unwilling to share any information that casts them in a less-than-stellar light. This could very well be a recipe for disaster with coronavirus in the mix, as much of the world is counting on China to do everything in their power to contain the illness which broke out in Wuhan.
To make matters even more worrisome, a whistleblower in China is now trying to alert the rest of the world to what they see as inconsistencies in the official story.
Beijing has spent much of the outbreak pushing districts to carry on business as usual, with some local governments subsidizing electricity costs and even installing mandatory productivity quotas. Zhejiang, an province east of the epicenter city of Wuhan, claimed as of Feb. 24 it had restored 98.6 percent of its pre-coronavirus work capacity.
But civil servants tell Caixan that businesses are actually faking these numbers. Beijing had started checking Zhejiang businesses’ electricity consumption levels, so district officials ordered the companies to start leaving their lights and machinery on all day to drive the numbers up, one civil servant said. Businesses have reportedly falsified staff attendance logs as well — they “would rather waste a small amount of money on power than irritate local officials,” Caixan writes.
For the sake of the international community, we can only hope that Beijing’s leaders work toward transparency in dealing with the deadly virus.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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