Last April I wrote piece for CT wondering why the Chinese government lied about the Kung Flu, greatly increasing the damage to the rest of the World. I was prompted to do so by another article that suggested that the reason the Chinese lied about it was that they needed to save face, that admitting to the world that they had a big problem was unacceptable to them, culturally or politically.
I had a problem with this theory about the “why”. It seemed to me that the repercussions would greatly outweigh the short-term benefit and they wouldn’t be long in arriving. At the time I wondered if they were willing to pay a steep price if it hurt their adversaries more or that it was a demonstration of force and will.
But now it seems there’s a more likely answer. What did the Chinese want? Answer – no more President Trump. They couldn’t possibly have anticipated how the election would play out and how the Kung Flu would be used to justify insecure mail-in voting and other changes that helped the Democrats immensely. But they could foresee that the Kung Flu would seriously hurt the U.S. economy. Without it, President Trump would have been running for reelection with (some would say arguably) the greatest economic record in history. Record low unemployment (especially among minority groups), a 60-year low in unemployment for women, blue collar wages rising faster than white-collar wages, energy independence for the first time in 60 years, a phenomenal increase in the stock market, etc.
Supposedly, one of Bill Clinton’s advisors frequently reminded him, “it’s the economy, Stupid”. Quite so, and the Democrats were not looking forward to trying to distract voters from the fantastic state of the U.S. economy. And the U.S. would have had at least 4 more years of business-friendly regulation and taxation, development of domestic energy sources, strengthening of the military, etc. Instead, we’ll have more regulation, subsidies for “green energy”, limits on real energy production, higher taxes, and so on. And the icing on this particular cake is they got a U.S. President whose son has been on the receiving end of millions of dollars from shady deals with them. The real winner of the 2016 election was China.