The Global Times and People’s Daily, two of the most prominent Chinese Communist Party media mouthpieces, have once again floated the prospect of international lawsuits against the United States for supposedly being responsible for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in a column Thursday, adding the 2008 financial crisis and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic to the list.
This is coming amidst global outrage over Chinese behaviour during the early stages of COVID 19 outbreak.
American states, Missouri and Mississippi, have filed lawsuits against the Chinese Communist Party in U.S. court for its attempts to hide the outbreak when it began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in January.
In their separate summations, Chinese was accused of preventing their health workers from sharing containment information by arresting doctors and others sharing information on the infectious diseases.
China was also accused of claiming the virus was not transmissible from human to human, and pressured other countries not to limit travel across their borders from China, an act which has in no small way contributed directly to the severity of the pandemic.
The Global Times which term the US legal action as a “bald-faced political blackmail,” it asserted in it’s article thus
“China is never the one to be blamed over any global woes related to the Chinese coronavirus. Instead, it identified the “arrogance of some American politicians” as the true source of humanity’s misfortune”
The column in the editorial which was signed by one Zhong Sheng, for the People’s Daily, warned that the collapse of sovereign immunity that such lawsuits could result in a tidal wave of litigation against America as well.
Most recently, the U.S. Congress passed a law in 2016 allowing American individuals to sue the government of Saudi Arabia in court for damages related to the jihadist attacks on September 11, 2001. Similarly Lawmakers in Congress, led by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), are reportedly working on similar legislation to allow lawsuits against China in regards to the coronavirus pendemic.
This is not the first time Zhong Sheng would be making such bizarre accusations in his publications on chinenes media outlets that America was responsible for the HIV/AIDS outbreak of the 1980s.
Accordng to Zhong Sheng;
“If the U.S. really acts that way, it would open a Pandora’s box and result in the collapse of the world’s sovereignty immunity system. It would mean anyone could sue the U.S. government in their own countries – an AIDS patient could sue it for compensation, for example, the execution of such a ruling could only be carried out by forcibly depriving the defendant countries of their overseas property, which would lead to tit-for-tat retaliation and drag the world into chaos.” he stated.
In recent times other citizens of countries like Egypt, Nigeria and Italy have institured litigations respectively against China concerning the COVID 19 pendemic.