Scott lives in China and has done for the past 19 years. He and James discuss the initial outbreak of CV-19, how the state was initially slow to suppress news of the outbreak, the grisly CV-19 stories shared with Scott by his friends and the unhealthy relationship between academics advising the government and their implicit lack of honesty/objectivity. They also talk about Scott’s life in the East and the culture of censorship and social isolation in China

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  1. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    As an informant on China, Scott Arthur is pure gold.

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  2. colleenb Member
    colleenb
    @colleenb

    Fascinating interview. I worry that we will never learn the full truth – or even 75% of the truth? – of how the Wuhan flu started, etc. Mr. Arthur seems to think that the release of the virus was not deliberate and I generally agree with that. But the whole idea that the Chinese powers thought they could wipe out the older Uighurs (and then older Tibetans if it worked) sounds like a plan someone might try. The man who has been running the Hanization of Xiniang and previously Tibet has done a lot of very, very bad things. I would not put it past him to come up with something like this and, whoops, it got away from them. Certainly the CCP reaction looks like they were very, very worried that something was getting out of hand and had to stopped at all costs.

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  3. Nick Plosser Coolidge
    Nick Plosser
    @NickP

    Excellent interview James! As one who lived in China at various times over the past 20 years, I found Mr. Arthur’s observations spot on and very much in line with what I experienced. 

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  4. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    @JuliaBlaschke

    The reason this stuff doesn’t get out except in a few podcasts is that China has essentially bought Hollywood, the large media outlets and some of the government. 

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