GOP lawmakers practically dare China to 'retaliate' after they call for U.S. response to COVID pandemic
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The Chinese Communist government may frighten and control the so-called ‘representatives’ in the country’s pretend legislative body, but it can’t intimidate most members of Congress.
And that’s particularly true for a group of GOP lawmakers.
A story in the Global Times, a Chinese ‘media outlet’ which serves as nothing but an official mouthpiece for the ChiCom regime, last week threatened retaliation against “GOP hawks, US firms, states” over lawsuits and other actions aimed at holding Beijing responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.
The Global Times ‘reported’:
China is extremely dissatisfied with the abuse of litigation by the US against China over the COVID-19 epidemic, and is considering punitive countermeasures against US individuals, entities and state officials, such as Missouri's attorney general Eric Schmitt, who filed a lawsuit against China, seeking compensation for the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter told the Global Times exclusively. At least four US Congress members, including Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton, and two entities will be put on China's sanctions list, analysts said.
China won't just strike back symbolically, but will impose countermeasures that will make them feel the pain, analysts said.
In addition to Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Reps. Dan Crenshaw of Texas and Chris Smith of New Jersey where also identified.
The report claimed that the lawmakers “will face severe consequences, sources said, noting that the aftermath will also impact the upcoming November elections, while business and trade between Missouri and China will be further soured.”
‘Sources.’ How quaint. Almost makes the Global Times sound like a real media outlet, doesn’t it?
But the story did, at least, mention a Chinese official: Zhao Lijian. You may recall that he’s the Chinese Foreign Ministry who ‘suggested’ that the U.S. military introduced coronavirus into China.
“Chinese side urged the US side to stop blaming and smearing China, stop pushing forward anti-China bills and stop acts of abusing litigation against China and focus on safeguarding American people’s lives and health,” he was ‘quoted’ as saying.
Added Chinese Academy of Social Sciences research fellow Yuan Zheng: “We can’t just strike back symbolically, but should impose countermeasures that could make them feel the pain.”
Last month Crenshaw and Cotton introduced legislation in their respective chambers that, if passed, would allow individual Americans affected by the coronavirus to sue the Chinese government.
As Fox News reported, the legislation is structured after the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which narrowed foreign sovereign immunity and allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for damages.
Meanwhile, Hawley and Smith have introduced similar legislation.
In offering up a response, the “GOP hawks” essentially dared China to bring it on.
And from Crenshaw, and former Navy SEAL and legitimate war hero:
A follow-up from Hawley:
Smith’s response was similar.
“Beijing cannot hide, lie or threaten enough to silence those of us demanding transparency, human rights, and an end to the Communist Party’s censorship, cyber-hacking, and crimes against humanity,” the New Jersey representative said. “Sanctions will not silence me or anyone who wants real answers about the COVID virus’s transmission.”
So the moral to the story is, China’s intimidation tactics may work well on its own pretend legislators but it doesn’t go over so well with American lawmakers who belong to the Republican Party.