On January 14, the World Health Organisation reported Chinese authorities had found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of COVID-19. This is despite Taiwanese health officials alerting WHO about potential transmission back in December.
While China was misleading the World Health Organisation and the world, they were busy using proxies around the world to buy up important medical supplies.
Chinese government-backed property giant Greenland Group were instructed to put their normal work on hold and source bulk supplies of essential medical items to ship back to China.
A whistleblower told The Sydney Morning Herald this occurred at all Greenland Group offices worldwide.
“Basically all employees, the majority of whom are Chinese, were asked to source whatever medical supplies they could” one company insider said. This went on for weeks through January and February, he said. The company has a major presence in the United Kingdom with an office in London.
The Greenland Group team were tasked with sourcing bulk supplies of surgical masks, thermometers, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitisers, gloves and paracetamol. This was then packaged up and shipped back to China.
Chinese officials also purchased medical supplies from European countries including the Czech Republic according to an article published in Respekt.