China ramps pressure to throw open the borders

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Not mucking around, via Reuters:

China’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday that it hopes countries will lift virus-related travel restrictions as soon as possible, in line with guidance from the World Health Organization and International Civil Aviation Organization.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China will continue to lobby authorities to subsidize airlines hurt by travel curbs due to the coronavirus, Xiong Jie, a CAAC official, told a media briefing.

They’ve barely started to manipulate the data and the pressure begins.

Don’t get me wrong, the lockdown may well be impacting the spread. But if it is, why would we open the border?

I don’t want be tin foil hat about it but I fear that the CCP knows it can’t beat the virus without destroying its economy so the next bets thing is to see the virus go global so it’s off the political hook at home.

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  1. Makes sense. They’ll be thinking “why should we be the only country weakened by this? Let’s ensure our enemies and frenemies get it too. “

  2. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    in line with guidance from the World Health Organization …..WTF that corrupt tedrosss at it again

    • That bonehead is a sock puppet. Nothing more. This why all these supra-national orgs are staffed by people like him.

      No spine. Easily bought / told what to do by the people that matter i.e. US and China

    • Yep, that monkey tedros needs to be locked up. His whole demeanour just reeks of incompetence and corruption

    • Now look what you’ve done SUS! You’ve opened Pandora’s box of anti- corrupt gastropod peanut monkey ghouls,.

  3. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Knowing that the whole thing is the biggest #fakenews and #alternativefacts media beat-up since Y2K we need to relax restrictions for the sake of business profits and growth!

  4. Diamond Princess Cruises latest stats.
    174 positive tests out of 492 tests.
    Out of 53 new test results, 39 people were found positive.

          • Let’s not forget that there were 3700 people on board when examining ‘hard numbers’ — perhaps they only test symptomatic people?

            Ex-China there has been how many deaths — 1 I believe (in HK). Those here who believe that this is the second coming of the black plague and there’s a big numberwang/lying about the numbers by the Communists appear to be clutching at straws.

            None of which is to argue that the travel ban should be lifted — it definitely shouldn’t at this stage, one needs to be careful with infectious diseases.

    • This seems to substantiate the airborne theory. Unless of course they’re actually big boomer orgy boats.

  5. Am I naive in thinking that SURELY no government would risk lifting their travel ban, only to be blamed for the deaths of many of their citizens?

      • All the interests (tourism/banks/retail/education/property) that feed off the Chinese DO have influence.

    • It will be challenging to lift the travel ban while there’s still almost zero known presence of the virus here.

      But once it spreads here – and it inevitably will – then the authorities can easily claim there’s no point to the ban. More than that, they can say it’s rashist to have the ban because we are all Wuhan now.

    • Yeah but have you noticed how the MSM is helping them by not screaming about CoronaVirus thing on front page anymore??
      I am guessing this is so that when they talk about lifiting bans, the folks go “oh yea that coronavirus thing.. thats not such a big problem anymore right. Whats the latest on that again?”
      It’s being played down massively I think.

  6. Even StevenMEMBER

    Let me put it this way: ANY Australian politician, at this time, that speaks in favour of lifting travel bans will be so far into my sh!t books that they will have no chance of being redeemed. Even if they could incontrovertibly demonstrate that they were the reincarnation of Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Mother Teresa all rolled into one.

  7. BoomToBustMEMBER

    Politicians in Australia are screwed either way, because they have relied to heavily on China, if they lift the bans the public will never forgive them and vote them out (especially if the infection grows), if they don’t open the borders it will crash the economy. It’s the perfect storm.

  8. The Chinese communist party poses the biggest threat to freedom loving people of the world since Nazi Germany. All countries should use this perfect opportunity to decouple economically from the chicoms and squeeze them economically in order to delegitimise CCP rule. It’s now or never to get rid of this totalitarian regime and free the hard working ordinary good people of China.

    • It will be interesting to see how the USA plays its cards. It presents an opportunity to double down on the work done in recent years with the trade war.
      I can easily see this turning into yet another instance of Australia getting caught in the middle of Chi-merica.
      I wonder if Australia inexplicably lifts its travel ban on China – would the USA impose a travel ban on Australia?

  9. The political calculus for scomo here now is simple.

    Beyond the plain and simple health risk, he can wedge labor into oblivion because he knows they will be all over the racist identity politics angle.

    Gives him a massive amount of whataboutism for the next election.

    Also curries favour with the USA

    Also with India who is allegedly virus free “ your students are safe here keep sending them”

    • So he’s curryng favour with the Indians as well? I don’t keep up with the local politics but isn’t it more the case that currently the ALP are noticeable for being missing in action with this whole virus kerfuffle. Would they be so dumb as to throw themselves into the debate now when it is going so badly for the government (?)

    • Really China doesn’t matter. nCoV will spread through India, Bangladesh and Indonesia like wildfire. It will be completed unchecked.
      No one will know its spreading in those countries because they won’t be diagnosing it.
      Unless we preemptively close our borders to all comers it will get here soon enough.

  10. I think they have the head of the WHO in their pocket and probably top officials so it could just be a matter of time.

    At the end of the day, the CCP have already shown they care very little for the rest of the world.