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What Does China’s Coronavirus Cover-Up Mean for Israel? – 中国的冠状病毒掩盖对以色列意味着什么?

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As evidence mounts that China hid the initial outbreak in Wuhan, the question for Israel is whether it will be convinced—or forced—to scale back ties as tensions with America escalate.

By Ariel Ben Solomon, JNS

Growing calls for an investigation into China’s handling and possible cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak have observers debating the potential implications for both Israeli and U.S. policy on China.

In Israel, there was concern over Chinese penetration of key areas of the economy even before the pandemic.

China is Israel’s second-largest trading partner after the United States, with $11.5 billion in annual trade, according to data gathered by Bloomberg. However, in the aftermath of the global coronavirus pandemic the United States is likely to increase its pressure on Israel in this regard, some experts believe.

Carice Witte, the founder and executive director of the Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership (SIGNAL), told JNS, “Unless at the end of this Israel has a comprehensive plan ready for its relations with China that addresses U.S. concerns regarding Israel-China cooperation, it is highly likely that due to the fallout of the virus, the U.S. will ask Israel to limit its dealings with China.”

The only way Israel can prevent this, said Witte, is to take the initiative.

“If Washington sees that Jerusalem has taken sufficient precautions not only regarding Israel’s national security but also what the U.S. considers it own security issues, it may see no need to pressure Israel regarding a range of fields where we are working with China, from technology to infrastructure to academic research,” she said.

In 2015, Israel extended a 25-year offer to the state-controlled Shanghai International Port Group to operate its Haifa port, and Chinese investment in Israeli hi-tech has also spiked in recent years. Senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser John Bolton, have warned that the United States will limit intelligence sharing if Israel does not restrict Chinese investment in the country. There was even a report that the U.S. Navy would stop its longtime operations in the Haifa port if the Chinese company took over its operation.

However, according to Efraim Inbar, president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, despite the fact that China is an authoritarian state and may well have covered up the initial outbreak, delaying the response of other countries, including Israel, to the crisis, “Israel has to be very careful in its relations with Beijing.”

This, he said, is because the Chinese can decide whether or not to “allow North Korea to transfer sensitive technology to Israel’s adversaries,” though he noted that China tries not to leave fingerprints as to its involvement in such transfers.

In addition, he said, claims that China is “taking over” the Haifa port are overblown.

Great care must be taken, however, when dealing with China, for several reasons, said Inbar

“We should be careful in allowing Chinese firms linked to the government to control some of our infrastructure projects. Only recently [did] Israel establish an inter-ministerial committee to deal with foreign investment in sensitive parts of our economy.”

Furthermore, said Inbar, “dealings with Chinese entities might have problematic political consequences.”

There is increasing confidence that the coronavirus pandemic began in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, multiple sources who have been briefed on the details told Fox News. The sources propose that the initial transmission of the naturally occurring virus being studied in Wuhan was bat-to-human, and that “patient zero” worked at the lab. Some in the U.S. administration and the epidemiological community are more skeptical of this claim, but all agree on the extensive cover-up the Chinese government carried out after the outbreak was first detected, the report said.

However, Asia Times columnist David P. Goldman told JNS that While it is entirely possible that the Chinese authorities hid the true casualty rate in Wuhan, if so it was likely done to help contain the spread of the virus and ease anger against the government’s handling of the crisis. In addition, he said, even if an initial coverup of the outbreak did delay other countries’ response, “somehow the other Asian countries got on top of this much quicker than the West.”

‘Implications for the U.S. and Israel’
Nevertheless, there is increasingly harsh rhetoric coming out of the United States over China’s handling of the initial outbreak, as well as calls to punish China in some way, or even to decouple the U.S. economy from the growing world power.

China hawks in Congress are calling for China to be held accountable, with one of the latest moves in this regard being Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.) introducing legislation to allow Americans to sue China in federal court over the death and economic damage caused.

随着越来越多的证据表明中国掩盖了最初在武汉爆发的疫情,以色列面临的问题是,随着与美国的紧张局势升级,它是否会被说服或迫使其缩减关系。

JNS的Ariel Ben Solomon

越来越多的人要求对中国的处理情况进行调查,并可能掩盖冠状病毒的爆发,因此观察家们在争论以色列和美国对华政策的潜在影响。

在以色列,甚至在大流行爆发之前,人们就对中国在关键经济领域的渗透感到担忧。

彭博社收集的数据显示,中国是以色列仅次于美国的第二大贸易伙伴,年贸易额达115亿美元。但是,一些专家认为,在全球冠状病毒大流行之后,美国在这方面可能会加大对以色列的压力。

中以全球网络和学术领导机构(SIGNAL)的创始人兼执行董事Carice Witte告诉JNS:“除非以色列到此末期制定全面计划,以解决与中国的关系,以解决美国对以色列的担忧,与中国合作,由于该病毒的影响,美国极有可能要求以色列限制与中国的交往。”

维特说,以色列防止这种情况的唯一方法就是采取主动。

“如果华盛顿看到耶路撒冷不仅在以色列的国家安全方面采取了充分的预防措施,而且在美国认为自己的安全问题上采取了充分的预防措施,那么它可能没有必要对以色列在我们与中国合作的各个领域(从技术领域到她说。

2015年,以色列向国有的上海国际港口集团(Shanghai International Port Group)提供了为期25年的要约,以经营其海法港口,而中国近年来对以色列高科技的投资也猛增。包括国务卿迈克·庞培和前国家安全顾问约翰·博尔顿在内的美国高级官员警告说,如果以色列不限制中国在该国的投资,美国将限制情报共享。甚至有报道称,如果中国公司接管其行动,美国海军将停止在海法港的长期行动。

然而,根据耶路撒冷战略研究所所长埃夫拉姆·英巴尔(Efraim Inbar)的说法,尽管中国是一个独裁国家,很可能掩盖了最初的疫情,但却拖延了包括以色列在内的其他国家对这场危机的反应,“以色列与北京的关系必须非常小心。”

他说,这是因为中国人可以决定是否“允许朝鲜将敏感技术转让给以色列的对手”,尽管他指出,中国试图不掩盖其参与此类转让的指纹。

他说,此外,声称中国正在“接管”海法港口过于夸大。

英巴尔说,由于某些原因,与中国打交道时必须格外小心

“我们应谨慎允许与政府有联系的中国公司控制我们的一些基础设施项目。直到最近,以色列才建立了一个部际委员会来处理外国对我们经济中敏感部分的投资。”

印巴说,此外,“与中国实体的交易可能会带来问题性的政治后果。”

越来越多的人相信冠状病毒大流行始于中国武汉的一个实验室,据消息灵通人士向福克斯新闻社透露了详细情况。消息来源认为,武汉市正在研究的天然病毒的初次传播是人与人之间的传播,而“零病人”在实验室工作。报告说,美国政府和流行病学界的一些人对此说法持怀疑态度,但所有人都同意中国政府在首次发现疫情后进行的广泛掩盖。

但是,《亚洲时报》专栏作家戴维·P·高德曼对JNS表示,尽管中国当局完全有可能掩盖武汉的真实伤亡率,但如果这样做的话,很可能有助于遏制病毒的传播并减轻对政府处理的愤怒。危机。此外,他说,即使最初的疫情掩盖确实拖延了其他国家的反应,“其他亚洲国家以某种方式比西方国家更快地掌握了这一点。”

‘对美国和以色列的影响’
尽管如此,美国对中国处理最初疫情的言论越来越苛刻,并呼吁以某种方式惩罚中国,甚至使美国经济与世界强国脱钩。

国会中的中国鹰派呼吁对中国负责,这方面的最新举措之一是参议员汤姆·科顿(R-Ark。)和众议员丹·克伦肖(R-Tex。)提出立法,允许美国人在联邦法院起诉中国造成的死亡和经济损失.

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