(AmericanPoliticalDaily.Com)- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, is currently suffering from the coronavirus. The Conservative leader of the British government is working from home and showing mild symptoms.
He is also reportedly “furious” with China over their massive disinformation campaign about the virus, which British government officials believe involved playing down the number of coronavirus cases in China by up to 40 times.
According to Business Insider, Prime Minister Johnson’s government is looking into putting economic pressure on China in response to their irresponsible disinformation campaign, following the outbreak of the virus in the city of Wuhan. Business Insider reported this week how UK government officials believe the communist country’s government hid the severity of the virus and lied about the number of cases by thousands.
The report also suggests that British government officials believe China is trying to wield and expand its economic power by offering help to other countries currently trying to combat the virus it released.
On Sunday, Boris Johnson’s Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, told the BBC that the government did not believe the numbers coming from the Chinese government.
“It was the case…[that] the first case of coronavirus in China was established in December of last year, but it was also the case that some of the reporting was not clear about the scale, the nature, the infectiousness of this,” he said.
An anonymous government official also told the British newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, that the government will go “back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement.”
Another anonymous source claimed that there “has to be a reckoning when this is over.”
A third source clarified “the anger goes right to the top,” referring to Boris Johnson.
The Mail on Sunday also reported that Johnson and his government were so angry with the way China has handled the crisis that they could change their position on allowing Chinese telecoms firm Huawei to take part in the building of the UK’s 5G network. Johnson famously disagreed with President Donald Trump on the issue, allowing the company to play a small role in the development of the UK’s infrastructure.
Could this be the straw that broke the camel’s back? We’ll have to wait until Boris Johnson is recovered and back in action to see just how angry with China he is.