More Links Between China’s Biowarfare Labs and COVID

Chapter 78 of the Chinese Communist Party’s Thirteenth Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) describes the fusion of military and civilian research including the area of “synthetic biology.”

From the publications of China’s leading research scientists, “synthetic biology” appears to include biological warfare.

Many also underestimate the potential contributions of Chinese veterinary and agricultural research to such a military program.

Ningyi Jin is a member of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. He is described as a virologist, who studies zoonotic diseases. He is a native of Jilin Province of Korean nationality and is a member of the Communist Party of China.

He is also a senior officer in China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army.

Ningyi Jin is the Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Virology and Immunology of the Military Veterinary Research Institute of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, the director of the Military Genetic Engineering Key Laboratory, and the director of the Jilin Province Virus Recombinant Vaccine Research and Development Engineering Center.

He has been a research collaborator with Peking Union Medical College, China’s Centers for Disease Control (CCDC), Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University, Jilin Agricultural University, Wenzhou University, Yanbian University, Shihezi University, Sichuan University, Foshan University, and other allegedly “civilian” research institutions.

In one scientific publication, Ningyi Jin lists himself as a faculty member of Wenzhou and Guangxi Universities. In another publication, he affiliates himself with Yanbian University.

Ningyi Jin has extensive experience in experimentation with coronaviruses.

In addition to his research connections, some of which can be traced back to the United States, there are two aspects of Ningyi Jin’s research activities that raise red flags.

Not only does he use genetic engineering extensively, but Ningyi Jin is one of a number of scientists in China, who, since 2007, have conducted experiments with a transgenic mouse model containing the human receptor for coronaviruses.

That is, any one of those Chinese laboratories could have quickly pre-adapted a coronavirus for human infection using that mouse model and a technique called “serial passaging.”

More alarming, however, is Ningyi Jin’s attitude toward zoonotic research.

Zoonotic diseases are caused by germs that typically spread from animals to humans. That is, by definition, it is a naturally occurring event.

Ningyi Jin, by contrast, sees zoonotic diseases in terms of biowarfare or bioterrorism, where the use of biotechnology can transform a natural zoonotic pathogen in order to “greatly increase its lethality, offensive power, and toxic effects.”

That opinion is expressed in the preface of a book called “The New Edition of Zoonoses” written by Ningyi Jin in 2007.

Ningyi Jin’s viewpoint is not an isolated one, but a common theme that runs through many Chinese military publications.

The time is long past for the U.S. government to take a far more serious look at the Chinese Communist Party’s biowarfare program, their joint civilian-military research institutions supporting it, the laboratory origin of COVID-19, and the U.S. scientists and federal funding that may have contributed to it.

Preferably, this will be done before another more lethal COVID-19 appears.

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Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is retired from an international career in business and medical research with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a member of the Citizens Commission on National Security. His email address is lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

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