"It's as easy to say the numbers coming out of China are true as it is to say that coronavirus was made in a laboratory, because the bottom line is, nobody knows."
So said Dr. Robert Spalding in the above interview with Freedom Media Network founder Curt Mercadante.
Spalding is a retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General and former strategic planning director to the president for the National Security Council and China strategist for the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He's currently a fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of the book "Stealth War: How China Took Over while America's Elite Slept."
"So, here's the problem, (China's) not transparent, they don't allow our CDC folks in, for a long time (they) weren't letting the WHO folks in," Spalding said. "And every time that the communist party comes under some kind of crisis, they shut down communication with the outside world."
It's not smart to shut off communication with the rest of the world during a global pandemic, he said. It leaves the rest of the world wondering where COVID-19 came from.
It's also wouldn't be a far-fetched idea that China did create the virus in a lab, Spalding said. China lets pharmaceutical companies distribute fentanyl to make money on the side. Scrubbers in factories and electric plants in China don't have to be turned on, because inspectors are paid to let them stay off, he said.
"And, of course, everyone looks to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to know exactly what the real air quality is. Not even the Chinese people trust what's coming out of China," Spalding said. "So, there's all kinds of things where (China doesn't) actually comply with standards. They don't have rules."
In the U.S., there are environmental, health and safety and labor laws and rules in place. The Chinese Communist Party allows the Chinese to be free in a different way, because they do not have these same laws and regulations in place, Spalding said. Without this moral authority, China has the capacity to work on immunotherapy to make its population immune to COVID-19.
Spalding said taking China's laissez-faire way of dealing with laws and regulations makes it easy to believe the virus could have been developed by China.
"We don't know what the truth is and the challenge is not the Chinese people. The challenge is the Chinese Communist Party and the regime that they created there," he said.