I have thought from the beginning that there’s a plausible case China deliberately loosed the virus on the world.
They would, and they have.
Ask Mao--and Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler and the perpetrators of African genocide.
They are pragmatists, so “whatever works.”
Whether ground zero was their bio-warfare labs or the wet markets, both were under government control, as they were in previous epi- and pan-demics.
No American (or anyone else) should have been unaware about the Chinese Communists since the early 1900s, following the failure of the Sun Yat Sen revolution.
Personally, I learned enough about them as Chief Order of Battle Analyst (CCF) in Korea in the mid-fifties.
We have met the enemy, and he is us. (Quote attributed to comic strip character, Pogo).
My point was that it is arguable that the Chicoms loosed the virus intentionally, to achieve exactly what they have accomplished.
Consider that the CORONA virus emanated from a Chicom lab, that they bottled up the Wuhan population for a little while, that they allowed international flights while bottling up domestic air traffic, that they lied about the truth and substituted disinformation until the virus was spreading throughout the world.
Consider that the World Health Organization -- whose head had once before covered up an epidemic, and was now carrying China's water -- was complicit in furthering China's disinformation campaign.
And consider that according to Professor Bruce Cumings -- "an American historian of East Asia, professor, lecturer and author, the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History, and the former chair of the history department at the University of Chicago [who] specializes in modern Korean history and contemporary international relations" -- an estimated 900,000 Chinese soldiers lost their lives in combat during the three-year Korean War.
How far a stretch is it to believe that in order to achieve the worldwide human and material devastation experienced in the past few months, the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China would have taken a million or more of their citizen pawns off the competitive economic chess board?
Increasingly, not too far a stretch!