China in recent weeks has come under intense scrutiny for its handling of the coronavirus’ outbreak and how it allowed it to spread worldwide. Last month Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with reporters during a G7 meeting. A reporter pressed the Secretary of State about members of Congress who have started talking about launching an international investigation into China over what happened in order to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable. Pompeo responded: “With respect to the first, I’ll leave to Congress. I’m not doing that anymore. I’ll leave to Congress to decide how they want to proceed. But as I said earlier, today is not the day for recriminations and accountability.”
Pompeo’s response would be refuted a couple of weeks later by on of President Donald Trump’s biggest supporters in Washington, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) who said: “This is the third pandemic to come from China,” the South Carolina Republican said in an interview with Fox News Monday. “They come from these wet markets where they have bats and monkeys with the virus, carrying the virus intermingled with the food supply. Yeah, I’d make China pay big time.”
We know that the CCP hid information, suppressed its own doctors and arrested them all the way back in December 2019 for “rumors and trying to spread panic.” Just as (Nazi) Germany paid Holocaust reparations, now China must likewise pay not just for the outbreak, especially countries the hardest hit like Italy, Spain and the U.S.—the U.S. has had the highest casualties with approximately 800,000 people infected and over 42,000 deaths—but, if proven, for creating the virus in the first place.
Was the COVID-19 a Bio-Chemical Weapon?
The Washington Times in January stated that a State Department report last year revealed suspicions of covert biological warfare work. This was refuted later on Fox News, which said that COVID-19 likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory “not as a bioweapon, but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States.” Other media outlets say otherwise, such as the independent Chinese media outlet Caixin Global says otherwise.
It reported back on February 29 that Chinese laboratories had in fact identified a mystery virus—later identified as COVID-19—to be a highly infectious new pathogen by late December 2019. But they were ordered to stop further testing, destroy samples, and suppress the news to the fullest extent possible. This is sustained by Dr. Francis Boyle, the drafter of the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989. He believes that “the coronavirus that we’re dealing with here is an offensive biological warfare weapon.”
It is more than common knowledge that the CCP, notwithstanding being a signatory to the United Nations’ Biological Weapons Convention, which bans biological weapons, had long considered the development of bioweapons as a key part of achieving military dominance. This was affirmed:
- in 2015 by He Fuchu, the vice president of China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, who stated that biomaterials were the new “strategic commanding heights” of warfare;
- by retired General of the People’s Liberation Army Zhang Shibo who in his 2017 book War’s New High Land, highlighted that “modern biotchnology development is gradually showing strong signs characteristic of an offensive capability.”
The fact that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) lab has acquired some of the deadliest coronaviruses on the planet is attested by incontrovertible evidence. It is also worth noting that just last year, two Chinese nationals, husband and wife team Drs. Cheng Keding and Qiu Xiangguo, were removed from the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as part of an intellectual property theft investigation. The lab is Canada’s only Level 4 microbiology lab, which is to say, it is the same type of lab the Chinese operate in Wuhan. Qiu is known for working on the Ebola virus, while her husband has published studies about SARS. The RCMP investigation noted that both made frequent trips back to the Wuhan lab.
How to Make China Pay?
The question then would be how to make Communist China pay? Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace said on America’s Newsroom last Friday that he is “not sure how you hold China accountable” for the COVID-19 outbreak. Perhaps the answer is simple, do what other countries are already doing, sue them!
Australians are already launching a $6 trillion lawsuit against Beijing and Germany has recently sparked outrage in China after a major newspaper, Bild, put together a $160 billion invoice that Beijing “owes” Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Florida, thousands have reportedly signed onto a class action lawsuit which seeks compensation from the Chinese Government for coronavirus damages, as Western politicians increasingly call for accountability. According to a statement from the Miami-based Berman Law Group, the lawsuit “seeks billions of dollars in compensatory damages for those who have suffered personal injuries, wrongful deaths, property damage and other damages due to China’s failure to contain the COVID-19 virus, despite their ability to have stopped the spread of the virus in its early stages.”
This Monday House Representative Jim Banks (R-Indiana) sent a letter to Secretary Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr urging them to bring a case against China to the International Court of Justice (ICIJ) at the Hague for the country’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter was co-signed by 22 other lawmakers in the lower house of Congress. It claims that the CCP has violated the 2005 International Health Regulations by suppressing information about the coronavirus outbreak in the city of Wuhan: “The Chinese state made intentional false claims to its own people and the world about the nature of the virus. China rejected repeated offers from the [World Health Organization] and [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] in late January and early February to study the new disease without explanation.”
In addition, as the Associated Press reported last week, the CCP secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people; millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations (January 14 – 20). General Secretary Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day (Jan. 20). Based on retrospective infection data, more than 3,000 people had been infected during almost a week of public silence, according to internal documents.
Rep. Banks cautioned: “If China fails to submit itself to a fair trial in the International Court of Justice, the Charter of the United Nations gives guidance to injured parties: Articles 49-51 explain how states could suspend their obligations to China as means to induce Beijing to fulfill its responsibility for the calamitous damages inflicted on the world.”
Graham had indicated that President Trump will be the one mostly responsible for holding China accountable for the global health crisis in the coming months, and that he is the candidate best equipped to continue pressuring Beijing: “Here’s the question for 2020: Who do you want to take on China? Trump or Joe Biden? I don’t think that would be a hard decision for most people.”
The ball is in Trump’s court now. As leader of the free world, the President has to take the CCP head-on, without any sympathy. Yes, Trump threatening to cut funds from the Beijing-controlled World Health Organization. While this is a step in the right direction, it would be just a slap on the wrist. The U.S. has to go after the source itself, the Chinese Communist government officials.
Mario Alexis Portella is a priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy. He has a doctorate in canon law and civil law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome; he also holds a M. A. in Medieval History from Fordham University in New York, as well as a B.A. in Government & Politics from St. John’s University. He is author of Islam: Religion of Peace? – The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up.