China must be held responsible for the global pandemic | Progress of Pontotoc
From the onset of the pandemic, Americans were told that COVID-19 was an accident of nature and that any further conclusion was absurd. Experts confidently claimed that the virus emerged naturally from bats in a Chinese food market, where it had spread to humans. Those who have expressed an alternative theory – that the virus may have been man-made in a Chinese lab – have been dismissed or ridiculed as conspiracy theorists, even though many U.S. intelligence officials have long suspected the possibility. . In recent weeks, however, new evidence has given serious weight to the possibility that COVID-19 has indeed leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
Last month, an explosive report revealed that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill with COVID-like symptoms and sought hospital treatment in November 2019 – a month before China reported cases. Evidence also indicates that this lab may have conducted dangerous research on bat coronaviruses, making them more potent and deadly. Meanwhile, the loopholes in the theory of natural origins continued to widen. Scientists have still not been able to trace the mutation of the virus to an animal, and some of the first known COVID patients had no contact with the markets where the outbreak is said to have started. This shifting body of evidence has led investigators, including Dr.Anthony Fauci, to recognize the merits of the laboratory leak theory.
In the end, we may never know the full truth about the origin of COVID-19. The Chinese Communist Party desperately sought to cover up what had happened, blocked international investigators, and even helped draft the World Health Organization’s report on the origins of the epidemic, making her totally unworthy of trust. In further outrage, China said it would no longer cooperate with investigations and that the question of the origins of COVID-19 was already settled. Beijing simply expects the world to forget about this nightmare and move on, even as the virus has killed 3.5 million people around the world, including nearly 600,000 Americans, and ruined countless livelihoods. .
Biden to play hardball with Beijing
President Biden’s response to China has been a huge disappointment. For months, the president had access to evidence of a laboratory leak from Wuhan, but did not respond until after the latest revelations were made public. He’s now asking intelligence agencies to spend another 90 days investigating the lab leak theory, something they’ve been doing for 18 months already. Instead of delaying, the president should declassify information about the origins of the virus so the world can know the truth. He is also expected to seek to remove China from the World Trade Organization and consider ways to economically punish China for its shameful handling and cover-up of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Congress toughens pressure on China
Members of Congress are leading efforts to hold China to account. House members proposed launching a commission to investigate the origins of COVID-19, as well as legislation allowing families of COVID-19 victims to sue China or any other country that has intentionally misled the world into error about the epidemic. In addition, the Senate unanimously approved a measure requiring the federal government to declassify information on the origins of COVID-19.
If the pandemic has made anything clear, it’s that China must not be allowed to become the world’s predominant superpower. One of my main priorities is to push for a larger navy to counter China’s aggressive military build-up in the Pacific. I also support efforts to pass the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, legislation that would fuel innovation to help us outperform China while strengthening security against intellectual property theft, which is the one of China’s worst current abuses. I am committed to keeping America unmatched in strength and upholding a world where lawless governments face the consequences of their actions.