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Calls rising for China to pay pandemic reparations

As the coronavirus pandemic ravages nations worldwide, resulting in unprecedented human death and economic destruction, calls are rising for China to take legal and financial responsibility for a health crisis that by all accounts originated on its shores.

With more than 180,000 lives lost worldwide and the global economy teetering on the edge of a once-in-a-century depression, China now faces the prospect of multiple lawsuits filed by federal states, regional governments and aggrieved individuals.  

United States Senator Tom Cotton is now pushing for a bill that would allow American “victims” of the virus to sue and seek reparations from the Chinese government through US courts.  

Cotton, who represents the state of Arkansas and openly refers to China as a “pariah state”, has been quoted in US news reports suggesting that sanctions should be imposed on Chinese officials involved in the “cover-up” of its initial Covid-19 outbreak.

Such sanctions could be crafted to “bring back the manufacturing that China has depended on for so much of their economic growth over the last 40 years to the United States,” Cotton told US media.

US Senator Tom Cotton speaks to the media in a January 2020 photo. Photo: AFP via Getty/Mark Wilson

A civil society group in Texas has filed a whopping US$20 trillion lawsuit against China, accusing the communist regime of a coverup as well “international terrorism” by allegedly deliberately unleashing a pandemic “designed to be used against the general population of one or more of China’s perceived enemy nations, such as the United States.”

The state of Missouri has announced its intent to sue China in US courts for virus-inflicted economic damages for “causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.”

Eric Schmitt, Missouri’s attorney general, is seeking a Supreme Court ruling on the legality of a lawsuit against Chinese authorities who “deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment.”

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