A team of key Coronavirus scientists from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology has been conducting experiments of dangerous pathogens in “collaboration” with Pakistan for up to five years under the auspices of China’s opaque Belt and Road infrastructure scheme.

Following revelations last month that China and Pakistan’s military have allegedly entered a secretive three-year deal to expand potential bio-warfare capabilities, it has emerged Wuhan scientists have been conducting research into deadly pathogens in Pakistan since 2015.

Wuhan lab scientists have been conducting extensive research operations on deadly “animal-to-human” pathogens in Pakistan for several years. Studies involve over 7,000 Pakistani farmers, herders, and others, and over 2,800 camels and other animals. The studies have been funded by China and appear to be a precursor to the secret new China-Pakistan military bio-program exposed by The Klaxon last month.  –Anthony Klan

The results of five studies conducted by Wuhan and Pakistani scientists have been published in scientific papers, each involving the “detection and characterization” of “zoonotic pathogens”.

From Animals to Humans

Zoonotic pathogens are infectious diseases that can pass from animals to humans.

The studies involve experiments and genome sequencing of the West Nile Virus; MERS-Coronavirus; Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus; the Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus; and the Chikungunya Virus.

There is no vaccine or cure for any of those pathogens, which are among some of the world’s deadliest and most contagious.

One of the studies thanks Wuhan’s National Virus Resource Centre for “providing the virus-infected Vero cells”.

Each of the five studies states it was “supported” by the “International Cooperation on Key Technologies of Biosafety along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor”.

That “international cooperation on key technologies” program has not been formally announced, and the only public references to it appear to be in the acknowledgment sections inside the five scientific papers we have obtained.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, is the flagship component of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure program, both of which were announced in 2015.

The Belt and Road program has been widely criticized as being a veil for Chinese colonial expansion, which lumps poor countries with unsustainable amounts of debt and so undermining their sovereignty, enabling China to exert control and influence over them.

As recently as late 2018 Pakistan’s Government publicly attempted to push back against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, declaring it a bad deal, but it was almost immediately overruled by Pakistan’s powerful military, which has said it would defend the program “at all costs”.

China’s Pakistani Bio-Testing

As revealed by The Klaxon last month, highly credible intelligence sources believe China, via its Wuhan Institute of Virology, is testing lethal biological agents in Pakistan and providing “extensive training on the manipulation of pathogens and bio-informatics” to Pakistani scientists, which could “enrich a potential offensive biological program”.

It was revealed China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology had allegedly recently signed a secret three-year deal with Pakistan military’s Defense Science and Technology Organisation (DESTO) to collaborate research in “emerging infectious diseases” and the “biological control of transmitted diseases”.

That Wuhan-Pakistan military tie-up had never been publicly announced or disclosed before.

Key concerns are that Pakistan could use the technology in bio-warfare, or that deadly pathogen could accidentally escape from inadequately equipped facilities.

It is alleged the program is involved in “various dual-use research projects”, meaning those that can have both civilian and military applications.

China and Pakistan have both strenuously hit back at accusations they are engaged in improper activity, however the Pakistan Government appears to have confirmed the existence of the deal between its military and the Wuhan lab – and also that the operations are occurring on Pakistan soil – although it has not identified where.

Now, it has emerged that scientists from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology have been conducting extensive research operations with Pakistani scientists for several years, with one experiment starting in late 2015.

The five studies, published between December 2017 and March 9 this year, appear to be a precursor to the new Wuhan-Pakistan military bio-program but do not disclose any links to Pakistan’s military.

The Five Studies

The five studies involved taking blood samples from thousands of Pakistani men, women, and children; mainly those who lived in remote areas and worked closely with animals.

One of the studies, into the deadly Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus (CCHFV), published on March 9 this year, states that during 2017 and 2018 blood samples were taken from 1872 humans and “1,838 domestic animals (311 buffaloes, 480 camels, 183 cattle, 440 goats and 424 sheep)”.

The study said the chance of human exposure to CCHFV was highest among herdsmen from Pakistan’s rural Balochistan province, and that detection of antibodies in “domestic livestock species “indicates a potential role of these animals in human infections”.

The Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus, first identified in 1944, is labeled a “high-priority zoonotic pathogen” by the World Health Organisation because it can lead to human pandemics; has a “high case fatality ratio” of “up to 40%”; and there are no known treatments or vaccines.

The CCHFV study thanks “the National Virus Resource Centre (Wuhan, China)” for “providing the virus-infected Vero cells”.

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This article is syndicated from TheKlaxon.com.au, with permission from Anthony Klan.  Read the full article here:

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