Allowing citizens to sue China for damages caused by the new coronavirus will return and open the United States to the same level of scrutiny from other countries around the world, Senate Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. , He said Thursday.
Feinstein, whose remarks came out during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said, “We launched a series of unknown events that could be very, very dangerous. I think that’s a big mistake.”
“Where I live … we keep China as a potential trading partner,” she said earlier. “As a country that brings tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time. And as a country that is growing into a respectable nation among other nations. And I believe a lot. I̵7;ve been in China for a number of times. I studied the issues. “
Feinstein argued that other countries, including China, may decide to use the new legal precedent against the United States, to stop a chain reaction, resulting in global chaos.
Her 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. , killed and economically destroyed.
“In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real – thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are closing their doors, and those living on wages for the paycheck are struggling to put food on their table, “he wrote.
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After the lawsuit was filed, an article posted on the Global Times, which is a branch of the People’s Daily Party of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP’s), said the nation is “extremely satisfied with the abuse of litigation” by U.S. leadership, “and is considering punitive countermeasures against individuals, entities, and state officials, including Schmitt.
As the partisan divide over China continues to grow, Democrats have refrained from condemning the CCP’s actions while Senate Republicans – along with members of the Trump administration – have chosen to take over. the Chinese government at the forefront.
In addition to Schmitt’s efforts, Sense GOP Josh Hawley, R-Mo., And Rich Scott, R-Fla., Have been publicly critical of the CCP, with Scott going to introduce a Senate bill to protect research of vaccines by Chinese spies and infiltrators.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also took a tough stance against China, warning the state governors of China’s sophisticated practices regarding U.S. infiltration and he later argued that the CCP poses a real “risk” to America’s security and safety.
In 2018, President Trump toppled Feinstein for having a Chinese spy on her employees serving as her driver. Feinstein was said to have been “mortified” when she learned of the news, according to Politico. 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 as the results of a survey by a new Pew Research Center have been taken, showing that more than three-quarters of American adults blame the Chinese government for the global spread of coronavirus and more than 60 percent of respondents said the country has done poor work handling the aftermath of the outbreak.
The survey, which was voted by 1,003 individuals and conducted from June 16 to July 14, showed 73 percent of U.S. adults have an unfavorable view of China, marking the most negative rating in the 15 years that Pew Research Center has been voting on a topic.
Fox News “Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.