Republican-led efforts to hold China accountable for the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus are being watched closely by the communist regime.
State-run media reported Thursday that Republican lawmakers will “face severe consequences” for speaking out against China, pursuing lawsuits, and pushing “anti-China” legislation.
“Republicans who have been groundlessly accusing China and inflaming the 'holding China accountable' political farce will face severe consequences, sources said, noting that the aftermath will also impact the upcoming November elections, while business and trade between Missouri and China will be further soured,” the Global Times, a branch of the Communist Party of China's People's Daily, wrote in an article.
The article also singled out Sens. Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton and two other members of Congress over legislation that would allow Americans to sue China, saying they will be added to the country’s sanctions list.
Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Chris Smith, Jim Holzapfel, Greg McGuckin, and John Catalano as well as Sens. Marsha Blackburn, Rick Scott, Martha McSally, and Lance Gooden were named in the piece because they support efforts and legislation to allow United States citizens to sue communist China.
Three of the lawmakers responded:
So apparently I’m on the Chinese government’s radar now.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) May 14, 2020
Bring it. https://t.co/kIC5YIbUqf
Brb. Finding a new communist country with gross human rights abuses to do business in. Bonus points if they unleashed a global pandemic on the world. https://t.co/QJU5KKxhTC— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 15, 2020
Chinese state media singling me out with threats - and threatening Missouri too. Beijing can bluster all it wants. I’m not backing down https://t.co/nQJNC4ijg3— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 15, 2020