Republicans slam Biden’s ‘vague threats’ to China over COVID stonewall


House Republicans are not satisfied with the Biden administration’s stance against the Chinese government when it comes to making sure there is a thorough investigation of the coronavirus pandemic.

National Security adviser Jake Sullivan told “Fox News Sunday” that China would face “isolation from the international community” if a proper probe does not take place, but there are those in Congress who would prefer to see more direct – and immediate – action.

“We are well past the time for vague threats and cheap talk,” Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., said in a statement. Wittman went on to say that if the administration “is serious about getting to the truth” about what role China played in COVID-19’s origin, “they must establish tangible consequences should China fail to allow a free and fair investigation into the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Last week, Wittman and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N. Y., introduced the World Deserves to Know Act, which would impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against members of the Communist Party who are believed to have been involved in limiting free speech, as well as the disappearance of whistleblowers and journalists in connection with the pandemic. Additional sanctions including blocking transactions involving properties in the U.S., ineligibility for visas, and revocation of existing visas would be imposed on Gao Fu, director of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ma Xiaowei, minister of China’s National Health Commission.

Wittman doubted that international pressure would be effective and insisted that going after individual officials would be a more proper avenue to take.

“China’s economy is highly intertwined with the rest of the world. Diplomatic pressure is going to be surface level, at best,” the congressman said. “We must exert targeted economic pressure -namely sanctions- on key figures within the CCP. That’s exactly what the World Deserves to Know … (Read more)