Allowing citizens to sue China for the damage caused by the new coronavirus would counteract and open the United States to the same level of scrutiny as other countries in the world, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Said Thursday.
Feinstein, whose statements came out during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said, “We’re throwing out a series of unknown events that could be very, very dangerous. I think that’s a huge mistake.”
“Where I live … we keep China as a potential trading partner,” he said before. “As a country that has lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time. And as a country that is becoming a respectable nation among other nations. And I believe that deeply. I have been to China on several I studied the problems. “
Feinstein demanded that other countries, including China, decide to use the new legal precedent against the United States, initiating a chain reaction, causing global chaos.
His comments come three months after Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican, provided a statement to Fox News about a lawsuit he filed against China on behalf of the state, saying the impact of COVID- 19 has caused thousands of Missourians to become infected. , murdered and economically devastated.
“In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real: thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from their loved ones, small businesses are closing their doors and people living in check are struggling to put food. on his table, “he wrote.
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After the lawsuit was filed, an article published in the Global Times, which is a branch of the Daily People of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), said the nation is “extremely dissatisfied with the abuse of litigation” by management. American, ”and is studying punitive countermeasures against individuals, entities, and state officials, including Schmitt.
As the partisan division over China continues to deepen, Democrats have refrained from condemning the CCP’s actions, while Senate Republicans, along with members of the Trump administration, have opted to take over the government. Chinese.
In addition to Schmitt’s efforts, Sens GOP Josh Hawley, R-Mo., And Rich Scott, R-Fla., Have been publicly critical of the CCP, with Scott even going so far as to introduce a Senate bill to protect vaccine research. Chinese spies and infiltrators.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also taken a hard line against China, warning state governors of China’s sophisticated practices regarding U.S. infiltration and subsequently alleging that the CCP entails a real “risk” to America’s safety and security.
In 2018, President Trump beat Feinstein for having a Chinese spy on his staff who served as a driver. According to Feia Politics, Feinstein had “mortified” himself when he heard the news. The FBI was unable to charge the individual, but Feinstein “forced him to retire,” a source told the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Feinstein’s comments come when the results of a new Pew Research Center survey were published, showing that more than a quarter of American adults blame the Chinese government for the global spread of coronavirus and that more than 60 percent of the respondents said the country has done a poor job. handle the consequences of the outbreak.
The survey, which surveyed 1,003 people and was conducted from June 16 to July 14, showed that 73 percent of U.S. adults have an unfavorable view of China, marking the rating more negative in the 15 years that Pew Research Center has conducted surveys on the subject.
Dom News Calicchio contributed to this report.