By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) It is now abundantly clear, thanks to coronavirus, that the United States a) has allowed itself to become far too reliant on China, and b) that reliance is harmful to our well-being and national security.
Ditto for the rest of the free world.
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And as Fox News host Laura Ingraham noted during her Thursday program, it’s time we did something about it.
Angry over the Communist regime’s lack of transparency about COVID-19 — how it started, how it spread, and how bad itÂ really is — Ingraham said that the U.S. has to adopt a new approach to doing business with China in the future.
That is, what business we choose to continue doing.
Clearly, China has to pay a price for unleashing the virus not only on the U.S. but the rest of the world as well. The difference in whatever response is taken, however, is that as the world’s No. 1 economy by far, the United States is in a unique position to lead this response.
And it must be strong, resolute, and geopolitically significant.
She noted during her opening monologue:
[The next main topic is] demanding total cooperation and openness from China or else. In a pandemic, itâ€™s essential that our health experts work cooperatively with other countries, and that we all share data and findings about the disease as we try to stop its spread. All over the world wonderful and brave doctors who have been treating COVID-19 patient are posting their findings online â€¦ itâ€™s fantastic.
But we need the Chinese government to give us total and complete access to all their scientific data, including the findings of doctors who first studied and discovered the virus. Some of that information was apparently destroyed; well, we want to find it, we want it back. We want to know everything about Patient Zero. We want to know everything about the true recovery rates, the true mortality rate, including those who were locked in their apartments and left to die in Wuhan.
And if China isnâ€™t willing to work with us in defeating this pandemic and ensuring that something like this never happens again â€¦ Look what happened to the American people today â€¦ their stockholdings there 401Ks â€¦ many people losing their jobs â€¦ think about this. If youâ€™re not operating in total transparency regarding this disease, then we have to ask ourselves why we want to continue to be integrating with them at all on any issue.
We have nothing against the Chinese people, just like we didnâ€™t have anything against the Russian people during the Cold War. But President Xi and his Politburo have to come clean here, or we need to consider taking severe measures against Beijing. We need a new industrial policy, made in the USA all the way. If they donâ€™t come clean, we have to revoke Chinaâ€™s most-favored nation status. We have to ban Chinese investments in the US. We have to strictly limit Chinese travel to the US. And by the way, forget that second phase to the trade deal; we have to add tariffs. That should get their attention, donâ€™t you think?Â
Not only has China thus far refused to allow our top medical official access to all the data, all the hospitals, all the premier researchers, theyâ€™re kicking out our journalists who are actually there trying to report the truth about what happened going back to November, December, January, and what didnâ€™t happen. …
Now look at how much time was lost because China covered it up at the end of last year â€¦ covered up the virus. They threatened doctors, they refused to allow independent medical teams in to assess the situation. In its handling of COVID-19, â€¦ China has blood on its hands. …
I thought about the millions and millions of Americans who work their butts off every day and see their dream of having a retirement someday, of putting their kids through college, vanish because of this virus. Much if not all of this could have been avoided if China had only been forthcoming from Day One. This cannot stand. …
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We couldn’t agree more. But the really good news is that we currently have a president who will have no problems dealing with China appropriately in the aftermath of coronavirus.
Which is another reason why he has to win reelection in November. Because Quid Pro Joe, the China Schmoe, will never do it.
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