A top US senator has unveiled an 18-point plan, including enhancing military ties with India, to hold the Chinese government accountable for its 'lies, deception, and cover-ups' that ultimately led to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The prominent suggestions are moving the manufacturing chain from China and deepening military-strategic ties India, Vietnam and Taiwan.
'The Chinese government maliciously covered up and enabled a global pandemic that has caused misery for so many Americans. This is the same regime that locks up its own citizens in labour camps, steals America's technology and jobs, and threatens the sovereignty of our allies,' said the Senator, Mr. Thom Tillis, presenting his detailed, 18-point plan on Thursday.
'This is a major wake-up call to the US and the rest of the free world. My plan of action will hold the Chinese government accountable for lying about COVID-19; sanctioning the Chinese government while protecting America's economy, public health, and national security,' he said.
The plan seeks to create a Pacific Deterrence Initiative and immediately approve the military's request for 20 billion dollars in funding. It also calls for deepening military ties with regional allies and expanding equipment sales to India, Taiwan and Vietnam. Encourage Japan to rebuild its military and offer Japan and South Korea sales of offensive military equipment, it said.
'Move manufacturing back to the US from China and gradually eliminate our supply chain dependency on China. Stop China from stealing our technology and provide incentives to American companies to regain our technological advantage. Strengthen cybersecurity against Chinese hacks and sabotage,' the plan stated.
'Prevent American taxpayer money from being used by the Chinese government to pay off their debt. Implement the US ban on (Chinese technology company) Huawei and coordinate with our allies to implement similar bans,' it added.