Danielle DiMartino Booth said Beijing officials were aware of the outbreak in Wuhan in November
She said Chinese officials had countless lives on their hands for under-reporting
The economist points to a ‘pandemic clause’ in the January US-China trade deal
It came as Wuhan revised its official death toll to add nearly 1,300 fatalities
China committed an ‘act of war’ by covering up the scale of its early coronavirus outbreak for six weeks, a leading economist has claimed.
Danielle DiMartino Booth, an author and chief executive of research and analytics firm Quill Intelligence, said Beijing officials were aware of the deadly disease spreading in Wuhan last November and allowed it to snowball into a global pandemic.
She said Chinese officials had countless lives on their hands and should be hauled before an international court as their ‘under-reporting’ did not afford the rest of the world time to prepare for an onslaught.
The economist points to a ‘pandemic clause’ in the January trade deal between Washington and Beijing, which she believes is evidence the Communist regime knew the extent of their crisis while publicly downplaying it.
DiMartino Booth said: ‘The World Health Organisation should be held accountable for not holding China accountable to providing good valid data so the rest of the world could prepare for fewer people to die.
‘And that’s what you’re talking about. To me these are equivalent to acts of war.’
Her blistering attack, made on the Valuetainment YouTube show, came as Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic, revised the city’s official death toll to add nearly 1,300 fatalities.
She told host Patrick Bet-David that reports of a virus in Wuhan emerged in November, and that six weeks later on January 15, Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal in which she claims China preempted the pandemic.
In an agreement which ended the bitter trade war between the world’s two economic powerhouses, Xi Jinping would buy $200million of American goods and Donald Trump would ease tariffs on Chinese exports.
But DiMartino Booth said that buried in this deal was ‘an out-clause, a very clever out-clause that the Chinese made sure was in there.’
She continued: ‘That said if there was any act of God, a pandemic, then they didn’t have to make good on what they’d committed to buy from the United States.