In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are being crippled financially and economically. With the lack of attention to the way China handled the spread of this pandemic from start to finish, they need to be held accountable. The United States should consider defaulting on its loan payments to the Chinese and or have the debt completely forgiven. Regardless, at a minimum, the United States should enter into negations for the cause of their negligence. China has caused already an estimated $2.73 trillion in debt. This eclipses the $1.1 Trillion of U.S. debt they own. Restitution needs to be paid. China needs to be held accountable for the spread of the disease that did not exist in humans before. It was introduced in Wuhan, China in the fall of 2019 and the Chinese, through their pride, chose to hide the fact that they were allowing Chinese citizens to travel to the United States while being infected with COVID-19 and were highly contagious, infecting Americans. The Chinese targeted the U.S. in allowing COVID-19 infected Chinese citizens to travel to the U.S. in droves. According to the New York Post,
“At least 430,000 people have arrived in the US from China – including about 40,000 following President Trump’s travel ban – since the Chinese Communist Party declared its coronavirus outbreak on Dec. 31…Most of those arriving, from a number of different countries, flew into New York, Newark, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Detroit…Thousands came directly from Wuhan, the center of the initial coronavirus outbreak, before US health officials had a grip on what was happening. And they’re still coming. Americans and others who were not targeted by Trump’s crackdown arrived from Beijing as recently as last week, landing in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco…”.
In my personal opinion, the Chinese didn’t want to look weak or even have to admit that they were the cause of something so catastrophic that it impacted the entire world. Their pride in being a strong power house cost hundreds of thousands of lives and this is simply unacceptable. We need to see America standing up and demanding that our debt to the Chinese be forgiven as the tiniest amount of restitution. The fact that the media isn’t talking about how the Chinese caused such devastation throughout the United States is mind blowing. If the tables were turned and the United States had done the same thing to China, make no mistake about it, the Chinese would be having a field day. They would be writing about it in the press. They would be making changes to our trading agreements. And make no mistake about it, they would be demanding that the American people pay for the socioeconomic impacts that this would have had on Chinese citizens. So why are we not doing the same?! For the pain and suffering that the American people feel right now and the next 3-5 years to come to recover from this, the U.S. Government needs to seriously consider defaulting on our payments to the Chinese and demand that the debt be forgiven as restitution made for the carelessness of the Chinese people. When the cost of the pandemic eclipses the amount of debt owed, it is an absolute no brainer. I’m tired of making payments and interest to a country who is as careless and inconsiderate as China is to the United States and the rest of the world. Something more has to be done than what is currently being done.