China tricked world into lockdown to ‘cripple’ us, claims lawyer in wild theory

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China tricked the likes of Boris Johnson into imposing a lockdown in a global conspiracy to "cripple rival economies", an American lawyer has claimed.

Michael Senger reckons the Communist Party waged a massive social media campaign to spread hysteria about coronavirus as it spread from Wuhan.

He believes the PM was bombarded with Chinese disinformation after he suggested herd immunity rather than a lockdown in mid March.

The lawyer, from Atlanta, Georgia, in an article for Tablet Magazine titled "China's Global Lockdown Propaganda Campaign", wrote: "On March 13, suspicious accounts began storming his Twitter feed and likening his plan to genocide.

"This language almost never appears in Johnson’s feed before March 12, and several of the accounts were hardly active before then."

He added on Twitter: "By promoting fraudulent data, aggressively deploying disinformation, and flexing its institutional clout, Beijing transformed the snake oil of lockdowns into ‘science’, crippling rival economies, expanding its influence and sowing authoritarian values."

Covid-19 is believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan before spreading across the world – killing almost one million people so far.

Coronavirus lockdowns have triggered the worst economic downturn worldwide since the Great Depression – with it forecast to shrink to 4.5 per cent in 2020.

And Mr Senger says that they "might not even be science it all" but rather the brutal policies of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

In an appearance on Sky News Australia, the lawyer claimed it was a "domino effect" of country's following China's policy after Italy became the first nation to lockdown.

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Senger said: "Is there something more sinister behind this? Was this actually planned so it would crash rival economies and spread authoritarian values?"

He points to thousands of tweets that were encouraging countries to adopt draconian rules first imposed by Beijing.

Mr Senger claims the "smoking gun on the genesis of the coronavirus lockdown" is the fact Twitter removed tens of thousands of fake accounts promoting China's message.

Twitter confirmed in June it had took down 23,750 accounts which were "highly engaged" in disinformation promoting China's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Tweets included videos of Chinese workers disinfecting streets – each of which were accompanied by suspiciously similar messages praising China.

Senger writes much of this campaign was focused on bombarding Italy as it went into lockdown – sparking much of the rest of the world to follow.

He also brands videos began emerging from China earlier in the pandemic, including people collapsing in the street with scenes reminiscent of apocalypse movies as "fake".

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Speaking of Sky News Australia, Senger said: "The only purpose behind these is to spread fear. To show this virus is really, really scary."

The lawyer also accuses China of having "fake numbers" over the virus, with its figures "manifestly forged".

He added: "The most benign possible explanation for the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign for global lockdowns is that the party aggressively promoted the same lie internationally as domestically – that lockdowns worked.

"And then there’s the possibility that by shutting down the world, Xi Jinping, who … envisions a socialist future with China at its centre, knew exactly what he was doing."

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