In a resolution that enjoys bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) is condemning the Chinese government for the actions, and perhaps more importantly, the lack of actions the regime took in the face of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
Together with the support of Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Kevin Hern (R-OK), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), and others, Banks hopes to hold Beijing officially accountable for a reckless response that turned a manageable crisis into a global disaster.
According to the resolution, the Chinese Community Party “made multiple, serious mistakes in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak that heightened the severity and spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which include the Chinese government’s intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus, a refusal to cooperate with international health authorities, internal censorship of doctors and journalists and malicious disregard for the health of ethnic minorities.”
The resolution also highlights the ongoing humanitarian violations in the Uighur Province, where Beijing has rounded up as many as 2 million Muslims into reeducation camps. “Crowded and unsanitary conditions makes the camps hotspots for viral disease and leave prisoners at an elevated risk of contracting COVID-19,” say the lawmakers.
“Finally,” reports Fox News, “the resolution lays out the Chinese government’s propaganda campaign to paper over its responsibility for the rapid spread of the coronavirus, specifically mentioning its lack of cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; a foreign ministry spokesman who ‘claimed that COVID-19 originated in the United States and that the United States army brought the virus to Wuhan to wage biological warfare’ on China; and China’s move to expel journalists with the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times.”
If passed by the House, the resolution would not necessarily have any official impact on China, nor on how the U.S. does business with Beijing in the future.
However, it would draw a sharp line in the sand, letting Xi Jinping know that America and the world are not going to simply forget where this coronavirus came from just because it’s now politically incorrect to call it the “Wuhan Flu.” Nor are we going to forget the dramatic measures China took to stamp out the spread of vital information while doing little to contain the spread of the disease itself.
Recent studies have shown that if China had taken responsible action three weeks earlier, the country could have slashed the number of people affected by COVID-19 by 95%. As of Tuesday morning, 392,780 people around the world have been (confirmed) infected with the disease. More than 17,000 people have died. Imagine those numbers cut by 95%, and you can begin to understand the scale of this atrocity.