No matter how you look at the origins of COVID, one thing is clear: China is responsible. Early on, they covered up stories about people getting sick in Wuhan and beyond. Doctors that tried to warn the world were forced to recant–then mysteriously died. China coerced the World Health Organization to spread its claims about the virus. They wouldn’t even let American doctors study the virus in Wuhan.
All this is true, even before we learned that the virus may have originated in Wuhan’s virology lab.
The entire world suffered thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even today, much of the world struggles to recover. Who knows how long until we are “back to normal,” if we ever are? The world might forever live under the shadow of COVID, with people pushing for masks and other limits as the status quo.
It’s clear that China must pay back the world for its failures to contain this massive threat. Up until now, however, few leaders have been demanding repercussions from the communist regime. However, Republican lawmaker Michael McCaul has a plan to both punish China and ensure U.S. safety.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that one of the things the U.S. should do to China in retaliation for the pandemic is going to be removing America’s supply chain from the region…
“We need to pull our supply chain out of the region, that being medical supply, rare earth mineral supply. And a bill that’s going through Congress right now, bipartisan, that I’m working on, the CHIPS for America Act, advanced semiconductor chips, which are the brains in everything from your iPhone to the F-35. If we can pull these chains out of China, it will hurt them economically. And that would be very punitive in nature.” [Source: Daily Wire]
During the dark early days of the pandemic, we learned very quickly how bad it was that we relied so much on China. The country deliberately put strains on what they were manufacturing, meaning the U.S. could no longer acquire many necessities. Chinese companies were supplying us with everything from medical supplies to raw materials. The pandemic revealed how our nation could be crippled, if we weren’t self-sufficient.
Several lawmakers have previously talked about reducing America’s dependence on Chinese supplies. If we start producing various goods at home–it would both improve our economy and provide jobs, while holding China accountable for its reckless actions.
But this kind of thing might have trouble passing in Congress. And who knows if a man like Joe Biden–bought and sold by the CCP–would sign it? Far too many companies make billions from China. They might be able to prevent this bill from moving forward.
One thing is clear, however, China cannot get away with what it did. As more news comes out about its responsibility at the start of the pandemic, more people will demand justice.
Author: Timothy Anderson