The United States intends to sue the Chinese authorities and recover from the PRC losses caused to the American economy by the coronavirus. We can talk about a whopping $ 6 trillion. How are Americans going to prove that the Chinese government, and not the forces of nature, are to blame for what is happening? And why do some people think that this process can benefit Russia?
Two influential US law firms (in other words, a real army of highly qualified lawyers) They filed a lawsuit against the PRC government, accusing it of deliberate and selfish suppression of the problem of coronavirus in the first stage of the epidemic. As a result, according to their logic, US companies engaged in foreign trade operations suffered significant losses, which now need to be compensated.
The total volume of claims is “in the process of being calculated”. And if we are talking about trillions of dollars, there is no need to be surprised – this is the most likely order of numbers.
If successful, the court may seize the property of Chinese state-owned companies in the United States, which will cause a huge and unpredictable political scandal.
One of the firms mentioned is Lucas-Copmton, who serves Donald Trump's campaign. It is unlikely that this coincidence is much more like a continuation of the very election campaign. The slogan that Beijing must pay for the problems brought to the American economy has not yet been voiced directly by the president, but that’s all. This is in the style of Trump, in his logic, rhetoric and manner of doing business.
“Europe must pay to protect its security.” “Mexico must pay for the construction of the border wall.” “Venezuela has to pay for everything.” Swam, we know.
At the same time, Trump, he must be given his due, does not refuse his ideas and stubbornly hammer at one point. Sometimes it ends in success (as is the case with Europe). Sometimes it simply cannot end in success (as is the case with Mexico), but a billionaire from the ruthless real estate market still makes it the subject of interstate negotiations.
In the case of China, he too can go to the end.
Firstly, because Donald Trump is a sinophobe. He sincerely considers China to be the main threat to America’s economic interests and the dangerous adversary that must be fought now. Hand on heart, he is not so wrong when looking at the situation from the United States.
Secondly, because the slogan “Let the Chinese pay” the voters will extremely like, and therefore candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives from both of them will pull it away for their election campaigns. parties. As a result, it will become, in a sense, nationwide, in other words, a foreign policy priority.
It is worth noting that one of the leading positions in the second law firm – the Berman Law Group is held by Francis Biden – the brother of Joe Biden, a former US vice president and main rival to Trump at presidential election. This can be either a coincidence or an unpleasant surprise for Beijing, since the PRC leadership has long had a good relationship with Biden, who is considered by China as “his candidate” (in Moscow they treat Trump in much the same way, although they have much less reason for it, than in the case of Biden and China).
Finally, Trump is simply convenient to expose China as the main culprit of the troubles that befell the United States. The country has already reached the first place in the world in the number of coronavirus infected, while its citizens have submitted more than 3 million applications for unemployment benefits (the previous peak occurred dozens of years ago, but then it did not even reach that million).
He can round up his claims to the Chinese to 6 trillion. That is how much the grandiose and fabulously expensive Trump plan for saving the economy costs. Every citizen of the country will receive 560 for personal needs, half a billion will go to corporations, 350 million to support small business, and another 4 trillion – this is the amount by which the Federal Reserve System will buy up debt obligations of American companies.
After the scandalous battles, the plan was approved by the Senate, and Bernie Saners was one of the few who abstained from voting. He, the socialist, categorically does not like the idea of supporting corporations, but he did not begin to directly put sticks in the wheels of the “strategy for saving America”.
However, back to China. Most likely, in parallel with servicing the claim, the idea of an international investigation of the circumstances in which the epidemic began will develop. She speaks openly on Capitol Hill, and China seems to be starting to get nervous.
The official position of the Chinese side is that the first identified infected was a woman who was selling shrimp in a market in Wuhan. Several dozens of those infected, identified after it, were connected with the same market in one way or another, except for one person who had no contact with the market or other infected people.
At the same time, Chinese diplomats, functionaries, doctors and journalists regularly throw versions that the virus is of American origin. There is another one – the Italian version, in evidence of which the words of the head of the Institute of Pharmacological Research Giuseppe Remuzzi, who stated that the outbreak of COVID – 2019 in the republic, apparently, began in November and December. At least then, suspiciously many cases of pneumonia were reported in Italy. Nobody knew about coronavirus yet, but it is impossible to confirm infection with people who have already cured it.
In response, Remuzzi made an explanation that he had in mind a completely different one, namely: the virus was brought to Italy from China last year. In fact, the professor took the position of the American prosecution, according to which Beijing did not warn the international community about the threat.
The intent in this case seems unprovable, but this does not confuse the American legal army, nor does Trump confuse. The United States could have charged China even more seriously, for example, such that the virus was created artificially, especially since the highly protected specialized institution in China is located near Wuhan. Perhaps it is holding them back that the American scientists categorically deny the possibility of synthesizing this type of coronavirus in laboratory conditions.
So far, this is just an information war, which the PRC leadership, for its part, is leading more by inertia, and not because it is really guilty of something and had the intention to hide the problem. At least that's what it seems now.
But if Washington goes further, propaganda capacities will also increase in the CCP and they can start targeted work so that Trump will lose the election (this desire is regularly credited to the Chinese Communists). On this point, China and I obviously disagree (due to the fact that Trump is not so good for us, but Biden is much worse), but in general the situation indirectly works for our interests.
At the heart of this whole lawsuit situation is an extremely unpleasant and dangerous trend for us, in which the United States makes its national law cross-border. Courts in the United States judge in absentia foreigners and entire governments for real and alleged damage to American citizens, after which the American state machine considers itself entitled to recover losses using its extensive arsenal, including economic sanctions.
Hence the hunt for our citizens around the world. Hence the threat of arrests of Russian assets.
Not to mention the fact that Moscow, in principle, considers such a practice to be unlimited arrogance and the destruction of the foundations of international law.
China also thinks so. But more often they use a different tactic – they try to come to an agreement in order to minimize their costs, as it happened, for example, in the situation with the arrest of Huawei's top manager Meng Wanzhou.
Previously, it was believed that arrest would be the last straw for China and it would move from seeking a compromise to a tough fight against the American practice of imposing its rights on other countries. Not gone. But the trillion-dollar lawsuit against the government is no longer a drop, it is a whole ocean.
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