China’s government doesn’t just want to eat its cake and have it, too – it wants to gorge on its cake and then pretend it never existed, or, in the next breath, claim it was actually a different cake it was munching on.

Last year, it went from denying anything was wrong in Wuhan to then begrudgingly admitting that a pandemic had started in its central city. A short time later, it’s “wolf warrior” diplomats began publicly mocking European states for their far-higher death rates at the same time as demanding adulation for selling face-masks to Europe. Beijing then claimed that, actually, the coronavirus originated in a US military lab or in Italy or in Spain – or anywhere that wasn’t China.