Pompeo and Libby: China's COVID coverup and it's terrible costs demand accountability. US must step up

Yet, as widely acknowledged, we ignore at our peril the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) staggering wrongs. Prudence requires America and its allies adopt a more responsible and comprehensive course. 

MIKE POMPEO ISSUES STARK WARNING AFTER CHINA FIRES NUCLEAR-CAPABLE HYPERSONIC MISSILE

The CCP’s cover-up continues as do the mounting costs to Americans this past week surpassing 700,000 deaths.

The loss of American credibility following the Afghanistan debacle heightens the urgency for an American response to foreign bad actors, and Americans should demand one.   

We don’t need to reinvent international law. Just and well-established principles of international law require China fully compensate states it has wronged. 

For over 40 years, the U.N.’s International Law Commission studied international cases on just these principles. 

In 2001, the Commission captured its holdings in its “Articles on State Responsibility for Internationally Wrongful Acts.”  The U.N. General Assembly, with China’s support, promptly commended this effort.  American and foreign courts have approvingly cited these standards and the Articles hundreds of times. 

These established international principles hold a state liable, for example, even if local officials perpetrated the wrongs.  

The loss of American credibility following the Afghanistan debacle heightens the urgency for an American response to foreign bad actors, and Americans should demand one.   

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