With initial reports of earlier cases going back to 17th November 2019, which was overlooked by the Communist Party in China. Not only the early signs were ignored but there was total suppression of information in regards to the virus by forcing the hospital staff to stop passing messages or images related to the virus. Chinese officials were still insisting there was no reason to believe the virus was being passed between people. Chinese Health Officials received a message from their hospitals saying information about this mysterious disease should not be arbitrarily released in order to avoid causing panic. The authoritarian communist government going as far as to arresting and reprimanding the early whistleblowers.
Whistleblowers such as Chinese ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, who first shared the information about the virus died in the aftermath of this “SARS-like disease”.
The initial suppression of information by the Communist Party in China has done nothing but given a foundation to the theory that the COVID 19 was not a biological phenomenon, but a controlled outbreak targeting the centres of the western capitalist nation, with Wuhan being a sacrifice so as to not draw the ire and suspicion of the civilised world. Thus, rendering the western world economically handicapped, China has finally risen out of the pandemic, with the lockdown lifted in Wuhan. China has taken far fewer casualties in comparison to its far more well-equipped western counterparts.
On 17th March 2020, an American lawyer Larry Klayman, his advocacy group Freedom Watch Inc. along with Buzz Photos filed a class-action lawsuit against the Chinese Government, Chinese Army and the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the Northern District Court of Texas and claimed $20 Trillion. It is appropriate to highlight how the Chinese Government has sovereign immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 and the main exception to this first Act is terrorism. Therefore, an act of bioterrorism would not only be illegal on foreign soil but on its own soil within its own jurisdiction.
The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 in U.S
Chinese state-owned entities, backed by the key government agency that oversees major state industrial companies, have adopted a controversial defence when they face U.S. lawsuits: You can’t touch us because we enjoy sovereign immunity.
The use of sovereign immunity by Chinese state-owned conglomerates is a reflection of how China’s state capitalism and legal regime is increasingly running into conflict with Western regulation and jurisprudence, particularly as the country’s overseas investment rapidly grows.
The issue, however, is even if china enjoys such immunity under the said act, it won’t be able to do the same for long if it’s proven that the spread of the COVID- 19 Virus was indeed an act of bio-terrorism.
As the exceptions to the said act are listed in 28 U.S.C. §§ 1605, 1605A, and 1607 with Section 221 of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 added an exception for U.S. victims of terrorism, for any government designated by the State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism. which could lead to heavy sanctions against Chinese state entities operating in USA.
The maker of the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, Dr Francis Boyle asserts that COVID-19 is a hereditarily adjusted bio-weapon. Notwithstanding, no logical proof has been exhibited which clarifies COVID-19 being an intentionally controlled bio-weapon designed in China. Kristian Anderson, an immunologist is of the view that given the regular birthplace of COVID-19, it is, as of now, difficult to demonstrate or invalidate the infection being intentionally controlled. Regardless of whether COVID-19 has a characteristic root or not, it is all in all correct to state that China utilized it as a bio-weapon by covering data about the early episode of the infection.
The Chinese officials gave the information about the virus to the World Health Organization (WHO) on 31st December 2019 about instances of pneumonia of obscure aetiology identified in Wuhan City and inside seven days effectively sequenced the infection and revealed the hereditary data to the WHO. Be that as it may, China and WHO neglected to caution different nations about the spread of the infection which prompted a great many people going all through China, coming about, spreading the infection in different nations.
Even recently China obstructed discussion on COVID-19 in the United Nations Security Council meeting in March 2020 and blocked the draft proposal prepared by Estonia seeking transparency on the COVID-19 outbreak.
Even in a scenario that the COVID-19 virus was not an engineered plague, the very act of hiding the information about the initial infection has caused the present world order unprecedented harm, which calls for the nations around the globe to put up possible sanctions on this authoritarian regime responsible for the global pandemic.
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