A closer look at viruses (in animals and humans), the pork industry, national security, offshore firms, and politics in relation to China/Hong Kong over the past 8 years or so.

First, let's go all the way back to 1918 pandemic influenza.

"Interestingly, swine influenza was first recognized as a clinical entity in that species in the fall of 1918 concurrently with the spread of the second wave of the pandemic in humans."


January 25, 2013


"At least one in five people WORLDWIDE were infected with swine flu during the first year of the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic, an international research group said on Friday."

Swine flu infected 1 in 5, death rate low, study shows http://reut.rs/14dAKIK 

"The WHO’s official data show 18,500 people were reported killed by the H1N1 flu. But a study published in The Lancet last year said the actual death toll may have been up to 15 times higher at more than 280,000."

January 31, 2013

"The hacking coincided with an investigation the Times published last October that looked into a fortune that the family of China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao had amassed."

New York Times Hacked Again, This Time Allegedly by Chinese https://www.wired.com/2013/01/new-york-times-hacked/

"Chao was Labor Secretary for the entirety of George W. Bush’s tenure. She is a distinguished fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank. Her father, who fled China for Taiwan after the Communist Revolution, founded NY-based Foremost Group, a shipping company."

March 7, 2013

The supposed 'anti-Chinese fear mongering' and 'race-baiting' included:

"Mitch and his $$$ have VERY strong ties to # China."

"Her “Chinese (money)” is buying state elections."

Opinion: Shame on Democrats for 'race-baiting'

"The group has been pounding away at this absurd idea that McConnell's wife's ethnic heritage (Chao was born in Taiwan and came to the United States with her family when she was 8 years old) has led him to support outsourcing jobs to -- wait for it, wait for it -- China."

March 12, 2013

"National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon said cyber security was a "growing challenge" to the US economic relationship with Beijing...growing US concern over cyber-crimes said to originate in China."

US official in China hacking call https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-21751204

April 2013

"Cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) were first diagnosed in the United States (U.S.) beginning in
April 2013."

Swine Enteric Coronavirus Introduction to the United States: Investigation Report

May 29, 2013 (2 days after 👆)

"Smithfield Foods (SFD), the world's largest processor of pork, announced it was being bought by Chinese meat producer Shuanghui International for nearly $5 billion."

Smithfield Foods bought by Chinese meat producer http://cnnmon.ie/1iPHEKY 

"As demand has risen China's domestic pig farmers have been subject of scandals with 1000's of dead pigs found dead in Chinese rivers, disease outbreaks and illnesses. There have also been recent reports of contamination of the Chinese meat supply from a bird-flu outbreak."

"Smithfield has also struggled w/ safety & work practice issues. The 1st confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu during the 2009 pandemic was a 5-year-old boy living near a Smithfield subsidiary in Mexico. 600+ residents living near the plant were infected w/ a mysterious illness."

"Shuanghui chairman Wan Long called the deal an 'historic opportunity.' Wan is a high-profile business leader in China, where he is known as the country's 'No 1 butcher' because his company slaughters more than 15m pigs a year."

"This is a great transaction for all Smithfield stakeholders, as well as for American farmers and US agriculture," said Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield. "It will be business as usual – only better."

June 20, 2013

"Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus were among the five Agriculture Committee members who did not sign the letter."

Senators urge inclusion of food safety in Smithfield review http://reut.rs/19m1ZCy 

July 10, 2013

Smithfield CEO Larry Pope: "...deal would not result in any food imports from China to the US. Therefore, it would not have any impact on the US food supply or food security."

US senators are squealing about a Chinese pork takeover https://qz.com/102774/ 

September 4, 2013

"The question is, are foreign purchases like this one in America’s interests, for our food security, national security, and for our economy?" - Debbie Stabenow, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair

Protect American food innovation https://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/united-states-food-innovation-96238.html

September 6, 2013

The deal got "the nod from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), an inter-agency panel that examines foreign investment for threats to national security."

U.S. clears Smithfield's acquisition by China's Shuanghui http://reut.rs/17FeOby 

November 26, 2013

"A new look at the 2009 pandemic of H1N1 swine flu finds an unusual pattern — more people died in the Americas than in the rest of the world. What’s not clear is why."🤔

Americas especially hard hit by 2009 swine flu, study finds https://www.nbcnews.com/healthmain/americas-especially-hard-hit-2009-swine-flu-study-finds-2D11657478

December 9, 2013

"Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five EU foreign ministries before last September’s G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis."

Chinese hackers spied on EU before G20 meeting http://reut.rs/1cxdKJb 

May 28, 2014

"Hog futures reached a record high last month and are up more than 26 percent at $115 per hundredweight since the first U.S. outbreak was confirmed last summer."

Deadly Pig Virus Re-infects U.S. Farm https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/deadly-pig-virus-re-infects-u-s-farm/

"Recently, it was determined that PEDV had entered animal feed distribution channels and is now spreading in
that manner. Confirmed cases were reported last week in 🇨🇦, and 🇺🇸 feed sources were implicated."

About Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

September 5, 2016

G20 - Hangzhou, China.

President Obama exits from belly of Air Force One on a small flight of metal stairs, and not onto the red carpet normally provided to world leaders.🤔

7 things you might have missed at China's G20 summit https://ti.me/2c368lD 

May 4, 2017

"Since President Trump took office, key government positions remain unfilled, including a new director for the CDC."

"The consequences of a major pandemic would be world-changing."

The next global security threat isn’t what you think https://ti.me/2p18RH0 

May 8, 2018

"Meanwhile, Wan took home $759 million in salary and stock between 2013 and 2017. WH has a valuation of about $15 billion."

One of the world's highest-paid CEOs worked his way up from meat factory employee to a $291 million salary https://money.us/2Gy2q2k 

July 2018

"Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, a pathogen first detected in US domestic swine in 2013, has rapidly spilled over into feral swine populations."

Spillover of Swine Coronaviruses, United States - Emerging Infectious Diseases journal - CDC

May 2019

"U.S. prosecutors charged a Chinese national for his alleged involvement in the data breach at health insurance giant Anthem that resulted in the theft of 78.8 million records."

DOJ charges Chinese hacker for 2015 Anthem breach https://tcrn.ch/2vMkgvn 

July 2019

"U.S. hog farmers lost hundreds of millions of dollars in export sales to China and Mexico after President Donald Trump launched his trade wars last year."

Locked out of China, U.S. pork producers sniff out new buyers https://reut.rs/2FMGfrl 

"Several American trade economists who spoke to Nikkei expressed surprise that the White House seems to have -- at best -- an incomplete understanding of how tariffs work, and that it is importers in the U.S., not exporters in China, who pay them."

"Before Trump's election, many were looking forward to unlocking Asian markets through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country trade agreement negotiated under the Obama administration. Trump withdrew from the treaty shortly after entering the White House."

"Today, farmers are being cut out of the biggest market opportunity in a generation in China."

"It's really surprising to me that farmers aren't aggressively attacking the president, because this is really hurting them."
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