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Britain must pursue China through ‘international courts for coronavirus compensation’

05 April 2020  

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LONDON: A British foreign policy think-tank, Jackson Society, has alleged China of directly breaching the international healthcare treaty responsibilities.

In a study ‘Coronavirus Compensation: Assessing China’s potential culpability and avenues of legal response’, the think-tank concluded that the Chinese Communist Party sought to “conceal bad news at the top, as well as to conceal bad news from the outside world”.

Some 15 senior Tories led by former Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding a ‘rethink and a reset’ in relations with China.

A comprehensive investigation into the global economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak maintains that the world’s leading economies G7 group have been adversely hit by a £3.2 trillion bill.

This, a report by Daily Mail, could have been prevented had the China Communist Party been honest and open about the outbreak in December last year.

The study has also directly highlighted the crunch British policy decisions made this year, including the failure to cancel flights from London to Wuhan in January 2020.

The study says China has now responded by deploying a sophisticated disinformation campaign to tell the world that it was not to blame for the pandemic.

It instead said the world needs to be grateful for all that China is doing.

The study says that China is responsible for the novel coronavirus and if legal claims were brought against China, they could amount to trillions of pounds.

Legal platforms include bringing the case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague against Beijing for breaking sanitary commitments.

The study has also recommended going to the UN or the International Court of Justice, or the World Trade Organization, the Daily Mail report says.

Four former cabinet ministers and 11 other Conservative MPs jointly wrote to the Prime Minister accusing China and demand a ‘rethink’ in relations, according to the report.

(With inputs from Daily Mail)

Publish Date : 05 April 2020 17:02 PM

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