China Threatens to Cut Off Supply of Life-Saving Medicine From U.S.
While American Democrats are running around, tears in their eyes, warning Republicans not to use “racist” terms like “Wuhan virus,” the Chinese Communist Party is making veiled threats against the United States that, if followed through on, could have serious and deadly ramifications for millions of people.
In an article in the state-run media agency Xinhua this week, Beijing patted themselves on the back for their handling of the Chinese-originating COVID-19 while simultaneously blasting the United States for reminding everyone where this coronavirus came from. Namely, a country where they still think it’s okay to eat bats and other bizarre animals from disgusting open-air wet markets.
Taking self-congratulatory propaganda to new heights, the article said, “We should say righteously that the U.S. owes China an apology, the world owes China a thank you.”
You’re right, China. Thank you. Thank you for this global pandemic that could ultimately kill hundreds of thousands and send the economy into a global state of depression. You really came through! Hip-hip hooray.
But Xinhua wasn’t only interested in throwing Xi Jinping a parade; they also wanted to let the U.S. know that, at any time, they could cut off the supply of life-saving drugs manufactured and exported from Chinese factories, potentially plunging America into “the mighty sea of coronavirus.”
This threat is not necessarily an idle one. The FDA has already announced that we’re experiencing drug shortages due to delays in getting the raw components from China. The U.S. depends mightily on Chinese exports when it pertains to medications; we discover them, we develop them, and then we hand it to the Chinese to manufacture them at a lower cost.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. depends on Chinese pharmaceutical companies for nearly 90% of our antibiotics, 70% of acetaminophen, and virtually all of our penicillin production. With the Chinese Communist Party warning that they could, at any time, block the flow of these components, it is a harsh reminder of how dangerous it can be to depend on foreign adversaries for fundamental U.S. goods.
“We’re dangerously reliant,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Fox News on Thursday. “In a moment of crisis — the U.S. and China have a showdown or something and they can threaten to cut us off from our pharmaceutical supplies, they could trigger a domestic problem here that would make it difficult for us to confront them. It’s a tremendous amount of leverage.”
If nothing else, the rampant spread of this virus is perhaps a better argument against globalism than even Donald Trump could make.