Back during the “gold rush” of the early 2010s decade, many precious metals pundits heaped praise on China. Using the emerging power as a juxtaposition against American waste and ineptitude, these gurus propped up the country as a benchmark for excellence. But as the coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated, China is a third-world country masquerading as a superpower.
To be fair, viral outbreaks can happen anywhere. However, I’m not surprised that we have yet another serious health crisis stemming from the Chinese mainland. Call me a racist all you want: these folks lack the competence or perhaps the moral fortitude to step up to true, first-world status. Until they can handle the basics – such as food safety – China has very little credibility.
According to a CNN report, investigators believe that the coronavirus outbreak first occurred at the Huanan Seafood Market. Just hearing about the protein sources sold at the market gives us a clear insight why this crisis sparked in the first place. In addition to standard fare like poultry and pigs, Huanan Seafood Market also sold bamboo rats, hedgehogs and reptiles.
It’s disgusting. It’s China.
However, due to the environment of political correctness, we can’t address root causes because of “racism.” Therefore, we should expect future outbreaks from this country that consistently produces unmitigated disasters.
China the Land of No Regulations
As children, the American (or western) education system taught us the importance of basic hygiene. This emphasis on cleanliness often separates the first world from third-world crap holes, to politely paraphrase President Trump.
But in China, the nation doesn’t have the same priorities for public health. According to a CNN report back five years ago, many health advocates blasted Chinese standards, or lack thereof. Journalist Katie Hunt wrote:
“There are horror stories, obviously,” Mathieu Labasse, AsiaInspection’s vice president told CNN by phone. “We find factories that just have no basic idea about hygiene standards. People that handle the food, they have no gloves, nothing.”
Lest we forget, this is the same country that incurred a tainted-meat crisis not too long ago. Hunt continues:
The most high-profile recent case involved a U.S.-owned meat factory operating in China that was accused of selling out-of-date and tainted meat to clients including McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC and Pizza Hut chains.
In other words, China could have prevented the coronavirus outbreak years ago through implementing necessary changes in food-handling safety. But they didn’t because doing so would necessarily mean admitting a problem.
In the country’s communist wonderland, that is simply not acceptable. Apparently, though, endangering their own people and the lives of those in the region is an acceptable consequence.