“The most benign possible explanation for the CCP’s campaign for global lockdowns is that the party aggressively promoted the same lie internationally as domestically”

I don’t believe that explanation.
2/ I doubt the CCP really knew how well its lockdown psyop would work, but everything about its response suggests the lockdowns were part of a larger plan. This was Xi’s plan to make the world China, and what the world would look like if he had his way.
3/ Intellectuals forewarned of tyrants using disease:
"if crime and disease are to be regarded as the same thing, it follows that any state of mind which our masters choose to call ‘disease’ can be treated as crime; and compulsorily cured" - CS Lewis 1948
4/ The CCP’s global lockdowns also appear inspired in part on the work of Stanley Milgram, whose experiments proved the willingness of most individuals to commit human rights abuses when instructed to do so by scientific authorities.
6/ In Oct 2019, Gates Foundation, Johns Hopkins, and the WEF hosted an international pandemic simulation in which China took part. The CCP appears to have modeled its lockdown fraud on Event 201, so Gates, Hopkins, and the WEF would play into their hands. https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/ 
10/ The CCP’s “medical guidance” from Wuhan was designed to inflict mass death in 3 ways:

1. Excessive use of ventilators, killing healthy patients
2. Moving still-sick patients to nursing homes, and
3. The stress and deprivation of lockdowns themselves. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7162773/
11/ The initial, very real spike in deaths due to China’s “medical guidance” during the global March lockdown would be used as proof of COVID’s danger, sowing the fear necessary to justify more lockdowns.
13/ There’s dark humor in the CCP’s use of a common coronavirus for its lockdown fraud. Perhaps in Xi’s mind, if the West was so spineless as to destroy itself over a common cold, was it really worth saving?
14/ Lockdowns were, of course, never really meant to end. First it’s flatten the curve, then the second wave, then “control the virus,” then wait for a vaccine, then the “new normal.” All clever bait-and-switch to gradually strip the world of human rights. https://twitter.com/Zigmanfreud/status/1311408586220658694?s=20
17/ Voluntary masking is everyone’s right, but the CCP loves government and corporate mask mandates because they turn every individual into a walking billboard of fear and submission to previously-unconstitutional measures and lockdowns. https://americanmind.org/essays/the-covid-coup/
19/ Along with Zoom came the 5G towers. Huawei’s control of 5G would complete the CCP panopticon, allowing them to monitor both phone and video calls at will.
20/ The CCP knows western intelligence capabilities better than anyone in the world—including the intel agencies themselves. Somehow—whether by corruption or incompetence—CCP knew intel agencies wouldn’t stop lockdowns, lulling the public into complacency. https://twitter.com/MichaelPSenger/status/1322596139204575234?s=20
25/ As “cases” continued to rise through mass testing, more and more “social distancing” rules would be implemented. First, protests would be deemed “inessential.” Then, censorship would be required to prevent “inessential” protests. https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/raleigh-pd-calls-protesting-non-essential-activity/19057352/
26/ Devoted to their financial self-interest, globalist oligarchs would quickly intuit their interests now aligned with the CCP’s and support lockdowns regardless of any real data about the virus. https://twitter.com/MichaelPSenger/status/1322278049740705792?s=20
27/ The CCP’s financial ties with social media companies and nonprofits tasked with policing “misinformation” would facilitate the censorship necessary to prevent leaders from easing the public’s COVID hysteria. https://twitter.com/MichaelPSenger/status/1322313118123511813?s=20
28/ (In truth, of course, Xi detests no one more than decadent Western oligarchs. In due time they would discover their corporations belonged to Xi, their services were no longer required, and now they had no country left to defend them).
32/ As COVID continued unabated, one right after another would be stripped away in the vain hope it would eliminate the pesky virus as the CCP had supposedly “accomplished” through its super-strict “real lockdown” in Wuhan. https://twitter.com/JohnRoss43/status/1249269135864926208?s=20
33/ Salvation through vaccination would be dangled like a cat toy in front of fearful populations, each vaccine proving futile—but a great excuse to bill national governments for mandatory vaccine programs, another milestone in the end of human rights.
34/ In time, human rights would be stripped, information censored, and the world would be China—but the “exceptional” virus would remain, calling for indefinite, previously-unconstitutional measures—the “new normal,” as advertised by the CCP’s shills. https://twitter.com/19_phd/status/1320780320799625219?s=20
35/ Contact tracing and government-mandated “quarantine centers” would first be used to arbitrarily quarantine COVID-positive patients, but could then be repurposed for the “quarantine” of dissidents who opposed “social distancing” rules. https://twitter.com/JordanSchachtel/status/1294301945633681409?s=20
40/ Military force would only be needed in the event of uprising or the threat of nationalization, as condoned by the CCP-controlled UN. https://twitter.com/auighur/status/1322975005836218370
41/ The CCP’s colonization plan has distinct echoes of how European powers controlled and exploited the world of the 16th-19th century, for which the CCP’s lockdowns may be seen as revenge. (They’re still incrdibly evil, as evidenced by the famines now unfolding).
42/ (Likewise, the flooding of western countries with fentanyl may be seen as revenge for Europeans having flooded China with opium in the 19th century.)
43/ If anyone ever asked how all these measures could possibly be necessary, the answer would be simple: “The science.” And who, you may ask, determines “the science?” That’s easy: your Chairman.
46/ A global anti-lockdown community was able to form online. https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1264227946212065281?s=20
49/ I don’t think Xi knew how well this plan would work. Shutting down the world is a big feat in itself. But the CCP has a credible plan to make the world China. They actually tried to do it, and still are.
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