China should be sued for $6.5 trillion for coronavirus damages says top UK think tank

Discussion in 'Economics' started by themickey, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. themickey

    • April 5, 2020 — 10.41am

    • London: China should be sued under international law for trillions of dollars for its initial cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic which has caused more than 60,000 deaths and trillions of dollars in economic damage, a new report says.

      The report said damages should be for at least the £3.2 ($6.5 trillion) being spent by G7 nations propping up their domestic economies as governments forced their citizens to stay at home so they could try and contain the disease's spread.

      Chinese President Xi Jinping, fourth from left in front row, with other Chinese leaders during national mourning for victims of coronavirus at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing on Saturday, April 4. Credit:Xinhua via AP

      And it singled out Prime Minister Scott Morrison's unprecedented $130 billion in government support for workers and businesses, saying Australians too were owed at least that amount in compensation.

      According to the report, Coronavirus Compensation? by conservative London think tank The Henry Jackson Society, China could be sued under 10 possible legal avenues, including the International Health Regulations, which were beefed up after the SARS outbreak, which China also tried to cover up.

      The report said had China provided accurate information at an early juncture, "the infection would not have left China."

      China only reported the disease to the WHO on December 31 and said there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

      including Li Wenliang, who were reprimanded for raising the alert. Some were confident the disease was spreading between humans before this date.

      Reporting by the South China Morning Post has cited Chinese government documents that identified nearly 200 cases of coronavirus by December 27.

      The International Health Regulations says nations must monitor and share data related to the spread, severity, and transmission of any pathogens that are potentially transmissible internationally.

      The Henry Jackson Society said China had done the opposite, by covering up data and punishing doctors who sought to tell the truth.

      It urged a coalition of countries to launch joint-action because of China's record of "responding aggressively to threats on the world stage."

      "Taking action would require both courage and global solidarity," the report said.

      "In its early response, Wuhan and Hubei breached [International Health] Regulations...responsibility goes to the top of the regime.

      "It appears more than probable that the Chinese Communist Party’s response to COVID-19 was in breach of international law," it said.

      The report said that while levelling a claim of dispute under the International Health Regulations would be unprecedented, there was an initial framework within the structures of the WHO for bringing such a suit.

      Other options could involve using the International Court of Justice and Permanent Court of Arbitration, The World Trade Organisation, bilateral investment treaties and even the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

      Domestic courts and Chinese courts could also be possible avenues, the report said.

      Report co-author Matthew Henderson said the Chinese people were also the victims of their government's negligence.

      "They are innocent victims, like the rest of us. This is the fault of the CCP," he said.

      "The Chinese Communist Party has learnt no lessons from its failure in the SARS epidemic.

      "Their repeated blunders, lies and disinformation, from the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, have already had far more deadly consequences.

      "By computing the cost of damage caused to advanced economies and assembling a series of possible legal processes to which the rules-based order can have recourse, we offer a sense of how the free world might seek recompense for the appalling harm the CCP has done," he said.
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  2. Sekiyo


    So next time I get sick I find the source and sue her / him.
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  3. FrankInLa


    ... you can sue China for a few hundred million (after you gather solid evidence that China lied, evidence not a hunch) . The rest of all infections across America and Europe originated from peoples' stupidity and arrogance not to wear face masks in public and isolate. This is perhaps one of the very few times in life where Asian group mentality really pays off. How many European and American leaders even now wear face masks in public in front of TV? Hardly anybody. Only retarded people don't understand that such is for the purpose of playing the function as role model not because there is imminent danger in a production studio in front of cameras. The price is being paid now for arrogance...cant blame China for it.

    What you are suggesting is to sue a small kid for millions of dollars because it threw a snow ball on top of a mountain, the snow ball in the most unfortunate manner rolled down the hill, gained speed and in volume and caused an avalanche which in turn caused the destruction of a ski resort in the valley and killed some people.

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  4. Overnight


    What can you sue them for? They've already made trillions by copying everything they did not make and reselling it all.

    Can we sue them for a fake virus? Why didn't we sue them for the fake material goods?

    And where would "the world" sue China for the virus? In what court? And if found guilty, how would they pay up?

    It is silly nonsense. We should forget about suing China. and just Nuke them. There's a solution, yeah?

    I mean, who the hell would come to China's defense if the entire world just dropped their nuclear load on the place?

    I'm just pontificating, mind you, because nuclear shit is bad. WAY worse bad than a virus.

    Anyways, onward!
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  5. FrankInLa


    It would pay to sometimes stay on point, you are rambling about unrelated issues. And I thought everyone gets it that suing is a metaphor and not meant literally. Apparently not everyone got it. And I assume your nuking option is also just an expression of your dislike with China but still it displays this typical attitude some in the "new world" display: leave us alone and we won't bother you. But if we suffer any implications from being involved in global trade then instead of negotiating and using trade tools and other means of negotiation we might just nuke you. Sounds extremely childish in this age and times.certainly makes for lots of entertainment as every adult understands that no country will be able to launch nukes without getting itself annihilated. There is a reason the nuke arsenals worldwide are considered the best peace guarantor in modern times. And by the way, you would not find any other single nation who had an interest to destroy China.

    Peace out, wear your face mask in public and stay at home as much as possible and everything will be fine.

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  6. schizo


    Also China could retort by saying they've never forced anyone to come to Wuhan. Everyone came at their own accord.

    The bigger question, however, is whether any country have the balls to REALLY act on their threat. I doubt it.
  7. Amun Ra

    Amun Ra

    China would not just hand over all their trillions of Treasuries. They'd spend it all on going to war before they gave it up.
  8. tsznecki


    First of all, China's Treasuries are worth shit. In the end it's just paper.

    Second of all, @Overnight is retarded again. Yes, let's nuke China because China certainly doesn't have nukes of their own and a nuclear winter is something everyone can look forward too!

    We don't have to worry about climate change when there's a nuclear winter! @Overnight can China test some fake viruses in New England to see the death toll? Oops sorry, guess they went ahead already!
  9. Overnight


    We're definatley going to blow ourselves up!

  10. FrankInLa


    Any empirical evidence of what motivates you claiming such? When has China ever waged a war? Initiated a war? Invaded anyone? How often has your country?

    #10     Apr 4, 2020