According to a report on Dec. 14 from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), member Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and other Republicans found that China had been making its ambitions for biological weapons clear long before COVID-19 lockdowns.
For those who may not understand, biological warfare works by releasing infectious agents like viruses with the intent to harm humans or end life. This directly relates to the communist country’s ambitions since it allegedly leaked COVID-19 from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Our State Department has put things out over the past, even going back to 2005 that China is interested in offensive bioweapons,” Wenstrup said.
“Our State Department has put things out over the past, even going back to 2005, that China is interested in offensive bioweapons.” #China made clear its biological weapons ambitions long before the #COVID19 outbreak, according to Rep. @BradWenstrup. https://t.co/rvrBrdAZA9
— The Epoch Times – China Insider (@EpochTimesChina) December 26, 2022
The HPSCI report declared that China has been operating an offensive biological weapons program that involved the People’s Liberation Army Fifth Institute of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS)— the military’s top medical research body. Additionally, China acknowledged that the Fifth Institute was researching severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronaviruses in 2006.
According to Wenstrup, the military research institute cooperated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Wenstrup said there were “published articles with scientists from the Fifth Institute, as well as the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) … combining their military with their other areas of research.”
General Zhou Yusen, a scientist with the PLA’s Fifth Institute, had reportedly worked with WIV for years before the pandemic. But, according to the GOP report, General Zhou died mysteriously after COVID-19 cases spiked and deaths surpassed 400,000. Wenstrup said lawmakers are suspicious of Zhou’s work and the circumstances around his death.
Wenstrup said that the declassified assessment update to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on the origins of COVID-19 left out critical information about Chinese interest in bioweapons.
The lawmaker said that China has consistently refused to cooperate with investigations into COVID-19’s origins. However, committee members vowed they would continue investigating the pandemic’s origins after Republicans take over the House in the new year.