(FreedomJournal.com) – There has been much talk about China’s role in the coronavirus outbreak — not just the fact that the virus started in Wuhan, but that the Chinese government either did a poor job of containing it and/or covered up the seriousness of it early on.
Two Republican members of Congress want to know more.
Representative Elise Stefanik from New York and Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri introduced legislation on Tuesday that, in part, called for an investigation on an international scale to determine if and how China covered up the coronavirus outbreak, and how that resulted in what is now a worldwide pandemic. The resolution would also condemn the Chinese Communist Party for how they handled the situation.
In a press release announcing the resolution, Hawley said:
“Since day one, the Chinese Communist Party intentionally lied to the world about the origin of this pandemic. The CCP was aware of the reality of the virus as early as December but ordered laboratories to destroy samples and forced doctors to keep silent.”
“There is no doubt that China’s unconscionable decision to orchestrate an elaborate coverup of the wide-ranging and deadly implications of coronavirus led to the death of thousands of people, including hundreds of Americans and climbing. This Resolution calls for China to provide compensation for the harm, loss and destruction their arrogance brought upon the rest of the world. Simply put China must, and will, be held accountable.”
Some reports have shown how labs in Wuhan discovered back in December that the coronavirus was related to SARS, which was deadly in its own right back in 2002-2003. They were then gagged by the Chinese government, with members ordering the labs to turn the evidence over to them so it could be destroyed.
Doubters have said this is all hearsay and a conspiracy theory. But then news came this week that the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, was warning officials in local areas not to hide new cases of coronavirus — suggesting it is something he believed was actually going on.
In recent days, China has reported no new cases of locally-transmitted coronavirus, which is a huge turnaround in its fight against the outbreak. But Li, who is second-in-command in China, urged the country’s local governments to “seek truth from facts” and be “open and transparent” when releasing information to the public.
He told senior officials who have been tasked with battling the coronavirus outbreak that, “being open and transparent means a new case must be reported once it’s discovered. It is what it is. There must be no concealing or underreporting.”
Hawley and Stefanik’s resolution wants the international community to help “quantify the harm caused” by the actions of the Chinese government and also to “design a mechanism for delivering compensation” to those countries that have been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak.
How that would work, and if the Chinese government would even have to agree to such a move, is what is up in the air at this point.