China can't be blamed for the virus itself but they should be rightly blamed for their actions following its discovery. They knew about it and let it spread around the world. We all could've been in lock down much sooner and saved tens of thousands of lives. That would've been a great outcome on its own. One outcome that never would've changed is the economic devastation. Contrary to your absurdist rationale Rob, the US and Europe didn't create China..it's always been there, it's always been a trading and business hub..thousands of years of history seem to have passed you by as vomited up your regular anti-American drivel. There's right and wrong, and even more important than that is admitting when you are wrong. The facts are black and white. They shut down their own country and just let the planes fly on. So maybe Trump owns half our deaths and Spain and Italy own half of theirs. But China owns 100% of the colossal cost to the global economy. You know why they circulate rubbish bullshit about the US Military depositing this virus in Wuhan? Because of people like you Rob, another drone in a vast army of ignorant tools awaiting whatever orders come your way via RT or China Daily.
We created China so it's all our fault. You're a Darwin candidate right there.
We kind of did, China was closed off to the world for hundreds of years, until the West opened it, at the point of a gun.
We have a saying in Britain, 'for all the tea in China', what is left off is 'and all the opium we can supply, like it or not'.
The likes of Jardine Matheson might had led they way, with cannon vs junks but other Western nations soon got their fingers in there, including the 'isolationist' US. British 'concessions', US, French and Germans. Anyone half involved in trading, whether the locals liked it or not. Their navies patrolled the Yangze.
Hong Kong for Britain, Macau for the Portuguese, Shanghai for everyone.
For China, it was the great humiliation.
That was before the Japanese rocked up in the 1930's, when irksome foreigners were replaced by a really brutal occupier, their part of the world, still foreign though.
As it happens, I've been listening a lot to the rock songs of my youth, one vocal break from British group The Jam, from a track on their 1979 Album 'Setting Sons' has just come to mind; Come on outside, I'll sing you a lullaby, I'll tell you a tale, how goodness prevailed, we ruled the world, we killed and robbed, the fucking lot - but we don't feel bad......it was done beneath the flag of democracy!
(Little Boy Soldiers).
That was then, long time ago, however my contention is that this fueled the warlords in China, which in turn let the Japanese roll in, which in turn gave Mao his chance.
I can highly recommend 'Mao' by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday.
(He was an odd kind of Communist, put it like that, really he was actually a nationalist, 'Communism' was a tool, a rallying point. Unlike Chang Kai-Shek, no tool of the 'foreign devils' who had humiliated China for so long. At least that's how he could spin it).
Why am I mentioning all of this, well that is how they see the world, it's a central plank of PRC lore, it's why Mao's massive crimes, appalling behavior and in the end, deadly economic failures, are if not forgiven then whitewashed.
Bit like our 19th and 20th Century history with China.