I think the idea that it could be economic sabotage against China isn't unreasonable given how well we've been getting a long with them over the last year or more. And when I see we, I"m including my hero Donald Trump in that group lol
He's channelling MHZ!
Missouri sues China for 'sinister campaign of malfeasance and deception'
BBC North America reporter
The US state of Missouri is suing China, the Chinese Communist Party, and other government officials over what it calls a "sinister campaign of malfeasance and deception" which, it claims, led to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
In a court filing on Tuesday, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt argued that China's early actions led to an "unnecessary and preventable" outbreak.
The federal lawsuit seeks damages for "the enormous loss of life, human suffering, and economic turmoil" that has occurred in the state.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office called the move "historical".
But the lawsuit will face significant legal and procedural obstacles.
US law, for instance, gives foreign governments sweeping immunity from such actions.
Missouri may be less concerned with securing monetary damages, however, than with scoring political points and pinning blame on China for the devastating health and economic consequences of the pandemic.
China is firing back against a lawsuit Missouri brought earlier this week over Beijing's handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was first detected in Wuhan, China, last year and has left more than 45,000 people dead across the United States so far.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called the suit "very absurd" during a briefing on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported, and added the move has "no factual and legal basis at all." He also reportedly claimed that China was "open, transparent and responsible" in its response to the outbreak and called on the Trump administration to "dismiss such vexatious litigation."
His comment arrives on the heels of a lawsuit that was filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) on Tuesday. The state accuses Beijing of lying about the danger the coronavirus posed to the world when it first detected the outbreak in December and is seeking damages for the "enormous loss of life, human suffering, and economic turmoil" brought on by the pandemic.
"COVID-19 has done irreparable damage to countries across the globe, causing sickness, death, economic disruption, and human suffering," Schmitt said in a statement announcing the suit. "The Chinese government lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease. They must be held accountable for their actions."
Missouri alleges that China had significant evidence of the infectivity of the coronavirus back in December but did little to contain the outbreak. It also called out the country over its alleged concealment of evidence and research pertaining to the outbreak...……..Much more
More than 232,000 people might have been infected in the first wave of Covid-19 in mainland China, four times the official figures, according to a study by Hong Kong researchers.
Mainland China reported more than 55,000 cases as of 20 February but, according to research by academics at Hong Kong University’s school of public health published in the Lancet, the true number would have been far greater if the definition of a Covid-19 case that was later used had been applied from the outset.
China has now reported more than 83,000 cases. Globally, the death toll from the coronavirus has exceeded 183,000, with the number of cases worldwide standing at more than 2.6 million...….More
So, what do you like better?
Kung pao virus?
Ching-chong ding-dong Wu-Tan virus?
Evil Commie slant slope Chink virus?
Maybe I should do a poll.