Official investigation into the origin of the Kung Flu
Holding China accountable is unlikely to be very successful. Yes, this situation will generate a lot of political support for policies to punish China. Which means what? Pulling our manufacturing out, applying more tariffs perhaps, things which we mostly wanted to do anyway (under Trump, at least). We're unlikely to get them to actually pay us trillions. They will ignore lawsuits or enforcement actions through international bodies. They already have enough intellectual property to be only mildly inconvenienced by losing access to more.
A military response is only really on the table if there is strong evidence they did this deliberately, and that's a hard case to make. (Accidentally, sure).
Our options for responding to this hostile act by China seem limited.
This entry was published Fri Apr 24 01:22:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2020-04-17 20:30:28.0.