New documents prove the collaboration between the Wuhan laboratory and the Chinese Army in a secret project to find viruses of animal origin

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The program launched by the National Natural Science Foundation of China consisted of Shi Zhengli, the chief virologist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and Colonel Cao Wuchun, a senior military officer and government adviser on bioterrorism. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Xi Jinping regime denied any link between COVID-19 and its investigations

Security personnel in front of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the WHO visit to the site (REUTERS / Thomas Peter)

Security personnel in front of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the WHO visit to the site (REUTERS / Thomas Peter)

The Wuhan Institute of Virology, the laboratory indicated by several experts as one of the places where the new coronavirus could originate, was involved in a animal virus detection project led by civilian and military scientists, despite the Chinese regime denying such ties.

The project, called “Discovery of pathogens carried by wild animals”, was launched in 2012 and was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Its objective was to find and classify pathogens that could infect humans and investigate their evolution, according to documents obtained by the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday.

The project was led by Xu Jianguo, the scientist who headed the first group of experts to investigate the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, in Wuhan in December 2019. In line with the directives of the Chinese regime, Jianguo initially denied the seriousness of the epidemic: initially ruled out human transmission of the new coronavirus, while in mid-January it said that “This epidemic is limited and will end if there are no new cases next week.”

Since then, almost 150 million people were infected with covid-19 in the world. Of this, 3.1 million died.

They were also part of the project Shi Zhengli, the chief virologist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, nicknamed “Bat Woman” for her travels to find samples in bat caves, and Colonel Cao Wuchun, a senior military officer and government advisor on bioterrorism.

Chinese researcher Shi Zhengli in the P4 laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (JOHANNES EISELE / AFP)

Chinese researcher Shi Zhengli in the P4 laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (JOHANNES EISELE / AFP)

Cao’s participation would be proof of the collaboration of the Chinese Army in the research carried out by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the largest reservoir of bat coronavirus in Asia, something that both Shi Zhengli and the Chinese regime always denied.

Cao, an epidemiologist who studied at Cambridge University, is listed in the project reports as a researcher for the Academy of Military Medical Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army, works closely with other military scientists and is chair of the Committee of Experts on Military Biosafety. In addition, he is also part of the advisory council of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. He was the second in command of the military team sent to the city under the command of Major General Chen Wei, China’s leading biodefense expert, to respond to the new virus and develop a vaccine.

Colonel Cao Wuchun, advisor to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and Major General Chen Wei, China's leading biodefense expert.

Colonel Cao Wuchun, advisor to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and Major General Chen Wei, China’s leading biodefense expert.

According to the project documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday, the scientists who led the project claimed to have discovered “A large number of new viruses, causing great concern in the international virological community.”

A leading Chinese scientist, who published the first genetic sequence of the covid-19 virus in January last year, found 143 new diseases only in the first three years of the project.

Chinese scientists added that, if transmitted to humans and livestock, pathogens could cause new infectious diseases “That represent a great threat to human health and life safety and can cause significant economic losses, even affect social stability”.

By 2018 scientific teams, which published many of their findings in international journals, had found four new pathogens and ten new bacteria, while “More than 1,640 new viruses were discovered using metagenomic technology.”

This research is based on the extraction of genetic material from samples such as those collected by Dr. Shi from bat feces and blood in cave networks in southern China.

Among the samples stored in the laboratory, is the virus RaTG13, the closest to the new strain of coronavirus that causes covid.

Wuhan lab disconnected its virus sample database in September 2019, just a few weeks before the covid cases broke out in the city.

The P4 laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  (Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

The P4 laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. (Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

The links between scientists and the military in China feed the suspicions of many Western countries and even the WHO, which accused China of little transparency in the conduct of its investigations.

The United States Department of State expressed its concern over risky experiments in Wuhan lab and suggested that the researchers fell ill with covid-like symptoms weeks before the outbreak emerged more widely in the Chinese city.

Last monthThe United States, Britain, the United States and 12 other countries criticized Beijing for refusing to share key data and samples after doubts left by a joint World Health Organization study. Y China on the origins of the pandemic.

In recent years, China’s military has increased the hiring of scientists after the president Xi Jinping say that this was a key element in the nation’s march for global supremacy.

David Asher, An expert on biological, chemical and nuclear proliferation, who led State Department investigations into the origins of Covid-19, said: “The Chinese have made it clear that they see biotechnology as a big part of the future of hybrid warfare.. The big question is whether his work in these fields is offensive or defensive. “

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