Editors: 文小懒儿 自由自律 诰佑 GS
Norwegian Salmons has been blamed for the resurgence of the Covid-19 virus (CCP virus) in Beijing. No new Covid-19 cases had been reported in Beijing for nearly two months until a rush of fresh cases were confirmed on June 11. Beijing authorities claimed these cases were all connected to the Beijing Xinfadi market. According to the report, the coronavirus was found on the cutting board used for salmon. This foreboded a dismal future for salmon and the Norwegian salmon businesses, which is illustrated in the timeline below. Just within a few days, the supermarkets in Beijing and many other cities were rushing their salmon products off the shelves overnight. Most sushi restaurants were completely shut down the next day, even though they were still struggling to recover from the aftermath of the first wave of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the rampant fake news led to further damage to the reputation of salmon. On June 16, Global Times posted an old misleading video, showing that salmon farming causes a deteriorating environment and leads to dwindling wild salmon populations. According to the New York Times: Bakkafrost, a Norwegian salmon farming company, witnessed their sales order “practically plummeted overnight from 100 down to zero percent”. Due to such outraging media blasphemy on salmon, many Chinese residents disclosed that they were hesitant to consume salmon any time soon.
Besides Salmon, Securities Daily reported that China customs issued a new ban on Tyson’s poultry products on June 23. Although Tyson China responded immediately, declaring that the chicken products on the Chinese market were from the domestic supply chain, it is still unlikely for Tyson to uphold the same sales margin under such tight regulation.
The Chinese Communist Party has a notorious record of fabricating truths to promote their propaganda campaigns. It steers the public away from investigating the truth further by suppressing different political voices. In 2010, the CCP banned the Norwegian salmon import in response to the Norway Nobel committee awarding the Peace Prize to Liu Xiao-Bo, a pro-democracy dissident. Last year, the US NA bent its knee to the CCP and apologized on behalf of Daryl Morey, a general manager who voiced support for democracy and the Hong Kong protesters.
As clear as crystal, the economy is not market-driven in the CCP ruled China. Many western countries had hoped globalization would force the CCP to compete on the same level playing field with their western counterparts. However, the CCP never fulfilled its hollow promises. The CCP has customized its own rules behind “glorious lies. Such insidious methodologies allow them to expand companies abroad with implicit subsidies from the government while ostracizing foreign companies, making it impossible for foreign companies to survive in the disparaging Chinese market.
As of press time, Canada also hit a roadblock in its lobster exports to China due increased random testing were enforced on imported seafood beyond just salmon. This added 36-hour test increased the risk of live lobster dying before getting on the market. What is also demanded is a COVID-19 liability declaration many Canadian shippers were reluctant to sign (CBC news June 23). As Stewart Lamont of Tangier Lobster said, “I’m very confident we are shipping non-COVID-19 product,” but “I really don’t want to be subject to the whims of the Chinese court system. There are two Michaels in jail in mainland China who could speak to that better than I can.”
The international world has had enough of the CCP politicization of trading and just about every other aspect. Meanwhile, Chinese people are victims of CCP’s crime too and deserve a fresh start from the New Federal State of China, determined to bridge the Chinese and their trade partners through market deregulation. While the CCP goes down, hopes for prosperity will be up.