As the world continues to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. is leading a campaign to punish China and demand reparations.
Already, lawsuits have been filed within the U.S. as well as with the International Criminal Court that China used the virus as a bioweapon, and other suits are underway at the International Court of Justice. GOP lawmakers such as Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Dan Crenshaw have also introduced legislation that would allow Americans to sue China in federal court over the death and economic damage wrought by the virus.
Back in March, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind) suggested “the president could force China to relieve a great deal of American debt” given China holds $1.1 trillion in U.S. treasury bonds, or “he could institute tariffs on China and designate the funds into a coronavirus victim relief fund” for Americans.
Now Rep Banks is pushing for the State Department and Justice Department to launch an international case against China, and Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) has introduced legislation aimed at allowing the Justice Department to investigate origins of the virus and file claims against China.
Israel has also joined the U.S. in class action lawsuits. A petition was filed with the Tel Aviv regional court by the Herzliya Association for the Israeli government to bring political and legal pressure against China for the Covid-19 outbreak, and is seeking claims for NIS 100 billion.
And as countries pile on to cast stones at what they view as new lepers of the international community, demonized to the extent that now an Asian face in the U.S. or other Western countries has become a “Chinese” target for hate and violence, one ponders how the Chinese feel about this.
A poem entitled “What do you really want from us?” published back in 2011 may lend some insights. But judging by the current atmosphere in the U.S., the answer is one China would not like.
What Do You Really Want From Us？
By Duo-Liang Lin 林良多（音译）
When we were the Sick Man of Asia, we were called the Yellow Peril.
When we are billed to be the next Superpower, we are called The Threat.
When we closed our doors, you smuggled drugs to open markets.
When we embrace free trade, you blame us for taking away your jobs.
When we were falling apart, you marched in your troops and wanted your fair share.
When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again, Free Tibet, you screamed. It was an invasion!
When tried communism, you hated us for being communist.
When we embrace capitalism, you hate us for being capitalist.
When we have a billion people, you said we were destroying the planet.
When we tried limiting our numbers, you said we abused human rights.
When we were poor, you thought we were dogs.
When we loan you cash, you blame us for your national debts.
When we build our industries, you call us polluters.
When we sell you goods, you blame us for global warming.
When we buy oil, you call it exploitation and genocide.
When you go to war for oil, you call it liberation.
When we were lost in chaos and rampage, you demanded rules of law.
When we uphold law and order against violence, you call it violating human rights.
When we were silent, you said you wanted us to have free speech.
When we are silent no more, you say we are brainwashed-xenophobes.
“Why do you hate us so much？”we asked.
“No,”you answered,“we don’t hate you. ”
“We don’t hate you either, but, do you understand us？”
“Of course we do,”you said, “We have AFP, CNN and BBC’s …”
What do you really want from us？
Think hard first, then answer, Because you only get so many chances.
Enough is enough, enough hypocrisy for this one world.
We want one world, one dream, and peace on earth.
This big blue earth is big enough for all of us.