China suspects a second wave of the deadly coronavirus outbreak after American traders alleged that China’s Communist Party is back at it, thrusting dominion of PPE factories.

Businessmen and suppliers trading in the business of protective gear are overwhelmed by the orders from the Chinese government. “I was placing a larger order with one of the bigger distributors and he tells me, ‘I can complete this order but after this, we’ve been contracted by the Chinese government to produce 250 million gowns,” said Moshe Malamud to a media outlet, founder of aviation company M2Jets and has lived in China for over a decade.

The report further suggested that a leaked Department of Homeland Security intelligence document how China’s voluntarily downplayed the severity of the outbreak to hoard up medical supplies in order to combat the virus’s spread.

One senior White House official also alleged that the members were concerned about how the hoarding strategy could be laced with underlying motives beyond just being equipped to fight the pandemic i.e. PPE in all likelihood would be used as a “blackmail tool,” and it was certain that China was exercising its manufacturing power to tweak foreign policy decisions. 

Speculations surrounding these theories began to intensify after a top health official reported that it is very likely for China to experience a second wave of the global health crisis given how fresh clusters are emerging in different parts of the country.

Despite the allegations, scores of entrepreneurs believe in giving the Asian superpower the benefit of doubt. “I don’t feel like the Chinese government is making an attempt to not get goods to the American public,” said Michael Kule, founder of Hong Kong-based AFA Sourcing. “I do think that they are looking out for themselves so that if they need something, they’re going to get first priority.”

He maintained that the process was “challenging” nevertheless. Kule and Malamud however maintained that despite the arduous process, export wasn’t entirely impossible, but was taken aback by the unnatural rush that had fuelled a medical mafia of sorts, leading to price gouging desperate hospitals and marking up medical materials by exorbitant percents. 

China Coronavirus COVID-19 An elderly woman arrives in an ambulance to Wuhan Red Cross Hospital after being transferred from another hospital after recovering from the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan on March 30, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images