Attorney General Lynn Fitch said her case, which will be filed on behalf of the state, will seek damages under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). Normally, Americans are barred from suing another country because of the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which is a legal rule that insulates countries from being sued in other countries’ courts.
The FSIA provides for certain situations where private individuals in the United States can sue a foreign country for its actions in its list of exemptions.
“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,” Schmitt said.
Cover UpBetween mid-December and mid-January, the Chinese regime displayed a pattern of behavior of withholding information and making misrepresentations about the severity of the disease. There was evidence that the CCP had failed to expeditiously provide the World Health Organization (WHO) with important information about the virus, such as the transmissibility of the virus, details of the virus’s genome, and infection of healthcare workers. Experts have found that this lack of transparency and candor hindered the international response to the virus.
The Chinese regime was also not responsive to international requests to learn about the virus and the outbreak. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar previously said the United States had been trying to send a group of experts to understand the outbreak’s transmission and severity since Jan. 6. However, the United States’s repeated offers were left unanswered for a month.
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During that time, Chinese authorities, the regime’s foreign affairs ministry, and Chinese embassies around the world attempted to mobilize the Chinese diaspora to help buy up goods from around the world. Meanwhile, Chinese state-run enterprises, companies with government entities as majority shareholders, and private firms also began sourcing medical supplies to ship into China since January.
It is unclear how the Chinese regime is using the supplies that they’ve amassed.
The bill would clarify that the suppression of information about the virus, which caused it to spread faster or further than it otherwise would have, can be considered a tortious act.
“China did the world a great injustice by engaging in a complex cover-up of the dangers of this deadly virus. By silencing journalists, doctors, whistleblowers, and others, China exposed millions to the Coronavirus and kept the world from preparing, leading to higher death tolls and more dangerous public health impacts. They must be held to account for the damage they have done,” Fitch wrote in her letter to the delegation’s members.