Throughout this pandemic, it has become painfully obvious that China has been less than forthcoming with information that possibly could have saved lives.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) is now demanding that China be held responsible for its actions.
Cotton stated, “China turned what could have been a local health problem in Wuhan into a global pandemic and there will have to be a reckoning once we’re through this pandemic.”
Start Cutting China Off
If the United States were to significantly cut back on its current supply chain from China, it would be a legitimate threat to the country’s economy.
To that point, Cotton stated, “We need to look at all the other supply chains that we have in China that we should bring back to the United States.”
Cotton has been furious all along, but a new report out of the UK has put him over the edge.
That report estimates that China is underreporting its numbers by anywhere from “15 to 40 times” the real number.
China has reported 81,439 cases, so the real number could be anywhere from 1.2 million to more than 3 million.
China has only reported just shy of 3,200 deaths, so that number could be anywhere from 47,805 to more than 119,000 deaths.
Based on what we are seeing here in the United States right now, those numbers would seem to be far more realistic than what China currently has on the books.
According to Fox News, a second official agreed with Cotton, stating, “there has to be a reckoning when this is over.”
Another official hinted that while Trump may be putting on a happy face regarding China, “the anger goes right to the top.”
What Can We Do?
There is little doubt the United States needs to become more independent when it comes to its supply chain, especially where medical supplies and pharmaceuticals are concerned.
However, realistically, we cannot cut China off completely.
All of this posturing by government officials makes for a great soundbite, but we do have to consider the number of goods China buys from the United States, especially for our farmers.
The less we buy from China, the less they will buy from us.
Our government is going to have to figure a way to balance out our independence while keeping that floodgate open or it won’t just be China’s economy that tanks, it will also be ours.