Chinese Media Proudly Sports Kindergarteners ‘With QR Codes Hung Around Their Necks’ Waiting On COVID Tests

( Pequim - China, 24/05/2019) Vice-Presidente da República, Hamilton Mourão, durante Audiência com o Presidente da República popular da China, Senhor Xi Jinping. Foto: Adnilton Farias/VPR

The Chinese-state run media strutted around over the past weekend concerning a video that seemed to show young children forced into a line with QR codes stuck to their shirts while waiting to be processed through a series of tests for coronavirus, but trying to spin it by writing that they were “cute and brave!.”

“Cute and brave! Self-discipline and hard-working are keys to why China can defeat rounds of COVID-19 outbreak,” stated editor of China’s state-run Global Times, a Chinese propagandist Hu Xijin. “Even kids from kindergarten, with QR code hung around their necks, queued in an orderly manner for nucleic acid test.”

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A series of notable responses cropped up to this horrid tweet including:

  • Dr. Jordan Peterson: “Maybe we could thoughtlessly copy a totalitarian state again….”
  • Ian Miles Cheong, journalist: “The future of America if Biden has his way. Dystopia.”
  • Harminder Singh, free speech activist: “More like psychological child abuse.”
  • Andrew Tillett, journalist: “This is a little disturbing…”

The Global Times is very well known for its role as a jingoistic publication that quite often puts forth extreme statements that make even the Chinese Communist Party pale. As reported by Quartz:

That’s not exactly a mistake, the paper’s longtime editor says. The Global Times often reflects what party officials are actually thinking, but can’t come out and say, editor-in-chief Hu Xijin explained during a long interview with Quartz in his drab Beijing office in the People’s Daily compound. As a former army officer and current party member, Hu said, he often hangs out with officials from the foreign ministry and the security department, and they share the same sentiments and values that his paper publishes. “They can’t speak willfully, but I can,” he said.

Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has started pushing for a global tracking system this past year that primarily uses a series of QR codes to monitor people and any other potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, which we know has its origins in China.

“China mandated the widespread use of QR-based health certificates earlier this year. The system, which uses an electronic barcode to store a person’s travel and health history, has been credited with helping to curb the spread of the virus,” stated CNN. “The code issues users with a color code based on their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. The colors are like traffic lights — green is safest, then amber and finally red.”

In the wake of locking up various religious minorities in concentration camps, Xi put forth remarks at the virtual meeting of the g20 leaders that took place on Saturday, stating  [emphasis added]:

While containing the virus, we need to restore the secure and smooth operation of global industrial and supply chains. We need to reduce tariffs and barriers, and explore the liberalization of trade of key medical supplies. We need to further harmonize policies and standards and establish “fast tracks” to facilitate the orderly flow of personnel. China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes. We hope more countries will join this mechanism. We also support the G20 in carrying out institutionalized cooperation and building global cooperation networks to facilitate the flow of personnel and goods.

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