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DECLASSIFIED: Hardest Hit Coronavirus Regions Reveal Intimate Ties With Beijing

In the final weeks of 2019, a novel coronavirus outbreak occurred in the city of Wuhan, in central China. As the world welcomed a new decade, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) opted to suppress information about the emerging crisis until it could no longer remain hidden. Nearly two months after mainland Chinese authorities acknowledged the outbreak and the existence of the contagious virus, the crisis has spread round the globe, assuming epidemic proportions in multiple regions. The number of infected beyond China’s borders is now in the tens of thousands, with more than 1,000 having succumbed to the virus. The stock market has plunged as experts warn of a possible economic recession. A variety of factors have facilitated the rapid spread of the coronavirus, officially termed SARS-CoV-2, and the disease that it causes, COVID-19. Globalization has brought the peoples of the world into closer contact, increasing the risks of a worldwide pandemic. Yet the heaviest-hit regions outside China all share a common thread: close or lucrative relations with the communist regime in Beijing. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: https://www.theepochtimes.com/where-t… WRITTEN BY THE EPOCH TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD