A Primer for the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party Part 3

A Primer for the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party Part 3: The Structure of China’s Biowarfare Program

On January 10, 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 365 to 65 in favor of a resolution to establish the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, chaired by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI). The following information is worthy of further investigation by that committee.

The origin and traditional core of China’s biowarfare program is not medical, but veterinary and to some extent agricultural.

Officially known by the name the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department of the Kwantung Army in Manchuria, Unit 731 was actually a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development program of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War Two.

When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) subjugated mainland China in 1949, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took control of Unit 731 and the Institute of Horse Disease, Continental Academy of Sciences, also founded by the Imperial Japanese Army in Manchuria.

According to the memoirs of the Japanese Kwantung Army, veterinary research and military horse healthcare were used as covers to hide the true purpose of the Manchurian facilities, the study and production of biological weapons.

It appears that the PLA adopted, not only its resources, but also the modus operandi of the Imperial Japanese Army.

In 2002, however, at the onset of the first SARS-CoV-1 pandemic, the PLA began a shift away from traditional biological warfare agents and updated its doctrinal approach to biowarfare.

PLA strategists began writing articles about new forms of biowarfare.

China would use biotechnology to create new forms of designed “biotechnology weapons” that would be “controllable” and “recoverable” for which China would have sole possession of the vaccine or antidote.

Such weapons would be highly contagious, but of low lethality, capable of being deployed in “pre-war” conditions to obtain strategic advantage for China without the destructive effects of conventional or nuclear weapons on infrastructure.

In the PLA’s own words, bioweapons should be used in a way that can avoid global condemnation.

According to Chinese military doctrine, a primary consideration in the choice of a bioweapon is “plausible deniability.”

Bioweapons should be deployed covertly and if suspected, the biowarfare agent can be disguised in such a way that even the most sophisticated analysis would be inconclusive as to its origin.

That is, the bioweapon can be blamed on nature, just like SARS-CoV-2.

Today, China’s biowarfare program exists at three levels:

There is a core, secret military level, which is composed of military research institutes and military hospitals.

The second level includes all Chinese universities and “civilian” research centers, like the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

That second level allows the core secret military level to access knowledge, skills, technology and research funding from the third level of China’s biowarfare program, international universities and research centers, particularly those in the United States.

PLA scientists also affiliate themselves with second level Chinese universities, often agricultural, and also “civilian” research centers, which allows them to collaborate with and sometimes work in U.S. research laboratories, while deliberately hiding their true positions as members of the China’s military.

The three-level structure of China’s biowarfare program has created a massive support network of scientists and research centers both inside China and connected to Chinese scientists based in the United States, who access American knowledge, skills and technology, all of which is fed back into China’s biowarfare program.

One example of China’s three-level biowarfare program is research on Flaviviruses. Although also RNA viruses like SARS-CoV-2, they are far more lethal, including some of the hemorrhagic fever viruses; dengue virus, yellow fever virus, tick-borne encephalitis virus, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and several other viruses which may cause encephalitis.

The organization of China’s Flavivirus biowarfare program illustrates the fusion of military and civilian research and its links to U.S. personnel and resources as shown in the following images.

Level 1 – Core, secret military bioweapons program involved in Flavivirus research.

Chinese Communist Party

Level 2 – Chinese universities and civilian research centers involved in Flavivirus research.

Level 3 – Scientists from the People’s Republic of China working in the U.S. and funded by Anthony Fauci’s NIAID conducting Flavivirus research with scientists in the People’s Republic of China, some from the PLA.

China has “colonized” U.S. laboratories such that they have become mere extensions of China’s fused military-civilian research programs.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He had a civilian career in international business and medical research. Dr. Sellin is the author of Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution. His email address is lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

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