US President Donald Trump has doubled China because it didn't tame the corona virus at its source. It led 184 countries to go through hell when several US lawmakers called for steps to reduce Beijing's dependence on production and minerals.
Trump has made China publicly responsible for the worldwide spread of the "invisible enemy" and has launched an investigation against it. He also pointed out that the United States may consider "much more money" for damage from China than the $ 140 billion that Beijing is demanding from Beijing for the pandemic.
Leaders from the United States, Britain and Germany believe that if China had passed on the information about the virus in its early stages, the death and destruction of the global economy could have been avoided.
"It's in 184 countries, as you often hear me say. It's hard to believe. It's unimaginable," Trump told reporters Tuesday in the White House.
"It should have been stopped at the source that was China. It should have been stopped very strongly at the source, but it wasn't. And now we have 184 countries going through hell."
The virus, which developed in the Chinese city of Wuhan in mid-November, killed more than two lakhs and infected over three million people worldwide. Most of them are in the United States: nearly 59,000 deaths and over a million infections.
The massive outbreak in the US has put Trump under increasing pressure from US lawmakers to reduce the US's dependence on Beijing, and they have also applied for compensation from China.
Senator Ted Cruz and his colleagues have urged Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Home Secretary David Bernhardt to support the development of a fully domestic supply chain for rare earths and other minerals that are critical to defense technology manufacturing and national security support.
"It is clear that our reliance on China for vital rare earths is threatening our US manufacturing and defense base. The Defense Industry Base report of October 2018 said: & # 39; China poses a significant and growing risk to the supply of materials that are considered strategic and critical to U.S. national security. & # 39; (…) Ensuring U.S. supply of rare earths from within the country will reduce our vulnerability to supply disruptions, which pose a serious risk to our military Show readiness, "wrote the senators.
The United States is 100 percent import-dependent for rare earths and 13 other metals and minerals on the U.S. government's list of critical minerals, and more than 75 percent import-dependent for another 10 minerals.
Congressman Brian Mast introduced a law on Tuesday to hold China accountable for its "coronavirus deception". The resolution would enable the United States to withhold debt payments to China that correspond to the costs incurred by the United States in response to COVID-19.
"China's complete lack of transparency and maltreatment of the coronavirus outbreak has cost tens of thousands of lives, millions of jobs, and immeasurable economic destruction. Congress must hold China accountable for its cover-up and force it to repay the tax money it has spent as a result "said Mast.
Cruz, a member of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, announced his intention to introduce a law to exclude Hollywood studios from Ministry of Defense support if these studios censor their films for screening in China.
This legislation is part of Sen. Cruz’s broad effort to combat China’s growing influence on what Americans see and hear. This includes legislation aimed at the Chinese Communist Party's information war on higher education, sports, films, radio broadcasts, and more.
Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera and Congressman Ted S. Yoho, both members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will lead a bipartisan virtual special order to highlight the importance of global U.S. leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"If we give up our position as a leader in global health, there will be another country ready to take the reins. China has not been subtle about global health issues, and often not for the benefit of other nations. China's latest corona virus – The debacle should be sufficient evidence that your communist regime cannot be trusted to act with responsibility, transparency or pragmatism, characteristics that are essential for combating widespread diseases, "said Yoho.
"How China would develop as the world's leading healthcare company is the catastrophic first response from the WHO to the coronavirus, which was clearly influenced by Beijing. Information was slow to move, and warnings from nations like Taiwan were ignored as critical." Turning points and working with outside healthcare professionals were rejected until it was too late. And this has led to the biggest public health disaster the world has experienced in over a century, "he said.
In an interview with Fox News, Senator Marco Rubio claimed that if China acted on these warnings instead of silencing the people who were talking about them, they could have restricted the spread.
"So there was no doubt that this was a deliberate decision on your part. The one way to hold them accountable is to do what we should be doing anyway. That means the means of production are becoming less and less of them What you will see after this pandemic is that more and more countries will prioritize their manufacturing capabilities in healthcare and other industries, "he said.
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