Citizen Power Initiatives for China (CPIFC)
Contact: Daniel Gong
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Citizen Power Initiatives for China is releasing a comprehensive report on Monday, documenting how the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has already killed over 800 thousand people, including more than 176,000 Americans, could have been avoided had the Chinese Communist Party acted in an honest and responsible manner.

In “Examining China’s Response to the Covid-19 Outbreak (September 2019-January 2020): The Catastrophe That Could Have Been Avoided,” Citizen Power Initiatives for China (CPIFC) analyzes how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) responded to the virus, especially in the critical month between December 26, 2019 and January 25, 2020. Based on meticulous analysis of data, much of it directly from sources in China, the report establishes a day-by-day, objective record documenting how Chinese authorities, from the top leadership to local governments, from biomedical institutions to public health administrations, from official media to foreign affairs functionaries, responded to the epidemic.

The report can be accessed at

On July 1, 2020, CPIFC published the report in the Chinese language.

Six key conclusions emerged in the course of this research:

  1. The Covid-19 epidemic could have been stopped in its early state.
  2. The top priority of the Chinese Communist party was to maintain social stability – i.e., its own control – at all cost.
  3. The Chinese Government deliberately suppressed information about the source and extent of the outbreak.
  4. The Chinese Government deliberately downplayed the threat of the epidemic.
  5. The Chinese Government deliberately misled the international community.
  6. Chinese President Xi Jinping bears ultimate responsibility for ineptly handling the epidemic.

The launch of the report coincides with a recent New York Times report about US intelligence findings which, if accurately reported, are inconsistent with facts revealed in CPIFC’s report. The NYT story (Local Officials in China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find) claims that a new U.S. intelligence report says top officials in Beijing were in the dark in a good part of January on the true dangers of the virus.
“This conclusion is useful to let Xi Jinping off the hook, and reduce pressure on the US and other countries to hold his regime to account. But it is false,” according to Dr. Jianli Yang, president and founder of CPIFC.

“We believe our independent report can and should serve as a counter- narrative to the organized, global disinformation campaign currently being carried out by the CCP regime, and a key instrument to hold it accountable for the massive toll of death, illness, and economic devastation wrought by Covid-19,” he said.