US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Donald Trump administration is developing measures against Beijing, accusing him of the COVID-19 pandemic. Options considered include the imposition of sanctions against China, the cancellation of US debt obligations and the introduction of new trade rules, CNN reports citing government sources.
The White House is formulating a long-term plan to “punish” China in many areas for the coronavirus epidemic. In part, these measures are in line with the campaign of Donald Trump, who is trying to shift the blame for the outbreak of the disease, which claimed the lives of more than 60 thousand Americans, to Beijing, CNN reports.
According to the channel, the US government is considering the use of a number of instruments against the PRC. These include the imposition of sanctions, the nullification of US debt obligations and the introduction of new trade rules. Thus, Washington is going to make it clear to the Celestial Empire and to everyone else, on whom exactly lies the responsibility for the distribution of COVID-19.
“ We need to start the economy again and be careful with the methods, ” said one CNN source in the US president’s administration. “ But we will find ways to show the Chinese that their actions are fully reprehensible.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. intelligence community is under tremendous pressure from the administration. High-ranking officials are trying to find out if the laboratory in Wuhan was not the source of the spread of the virus, the channel draws attention.
On the eve of trump, he again raised the topic of disagreements in relations between Washington and Beijing. The president suggested that the Chinese authorities did not want him to be re-elected for a second term, because under Trump, the United States “receives billions from the country” thanks to his bargain.
Meanwhile, officials say that punishing the Celestial Empire will not be easy. According to them, in the extreme conditions of a pandemic, China could strike back at the United States, so rushing with harsh measures would be “irresponsible.”
The United States is experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment, medical devices, biological products, and Chinese-made drugs. Therefore, in a pandemic, they are vulnerable to short-term disruptions in existing supply chains, the channel explains.
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