The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a national security threat that no American could have imagined. After the outbreak of the coronavirus strain in Wuhan, China, began infecting people in the U.S., it has become abundantly clear that the U.S. is not medication independent. That dark truth is that everyday Americans are at the mercy of the Chinese government if COVID-19 spikes.
When President Donald Trump won the historic 2016 election, his America First policies focused on revitalizing our economic strength, energy independence, and shoring up other areas that could make the most powerful country on Earth look weak. The previous administration had put the U.S. military at risk by allowing rival nations such as China to seize control of mining “rare Earth elements” that are required to operate fighter jets and missile systems. Not even the president knew America purchased the vast majority of medicine and supply chain medical technology from the communists.
“The spread of the coronavirus and its effect on small businesses occurs against a structural backdrop. The backdrop is that our economy is dangerously reliant on China for the production of critical goods, including goods and technologies needed to fight the coronavirus,” Florida Senator Marco Rubio reportedly said. “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, last year, China accounted for 88 percent of electric hand drill and saw imports, 87 percent of air conditioning machinery imports, 83 percent of hydraulic jacks and hoists, 72 percent for cell phones and parts, 58 percent of forklifts, and 51 percent of lithium-ion batteries.”
That is a staggering level of reliance on a foreign entity whose values and political system runs contrary to the U.S.
Rubio, like many foreign policy experts, believes initiatives such as China’s “Belt and Road” are strategies to secure global dominance of over goods and products. The communists recognize that even with their vast population numbers, they would not be able to defeat the military superiority of the U.S. or its determined citizenry. They are playing a long-term economic strategy with human necessities that will hold the world hostage within 50 years.
“It is the outcome of a deliberate strategy by the Chinese Communist Party, which made biomedicine and high-end medical equipment a priority of its Made in China 2025’ plan,” the Florida senator added. “Now, in the face of a pandemic, the absence of domestic capacity in critical medical sectors has critically endangered both the U.S. health care system and our economy.”
Holding life and death through medication supply chains puts every other nation at risk. For that reason, President Trump has already issued an executive order calling for increased respirator production in the U.S. An order requiring America to regain medication independence is reportedly being crafted in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
“China has managed to dominate all aspects of the supply chain using the same unfair trade practices that it has used to dominate other sectors — cheap sweatshop labor, lax environmental regulations, and massive government subsidies,” Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro said. “This is not just about public health and safety. It’s about our very national defense.”
America can’t afford to allow China’s communists to get away with this again.