The whole world has been on tenterhooks for more than a year, trying to combat a virus that the Chinese regime’s flimsy excuse claims came from a seafood market, but in the light of increasingly overwhelming evidence supporting the theory that the virus came from a Wuhan lab, the CCP’s story is, predictably, unraveling. 

On this approach, leading national security and foreign policy expert James Jay Carafano, in a publication for 19FortyFive, analyses how the U.S. should stand up to the Chinese regime’s continued manipulation and concealment of data, outlining three steps to take.

Carafano is the director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies and vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

For Carafano, the tide is turning, “now time for the free world to turn its attention to what caused this pandemic: the malicious and destabilizing behavior of the Chinese Communist Party.”

“The world must understand how deadly, communicable diseases emerge out of China,” the foreign policy expert said, adding, “understanding how COVID happened is vital if we are to plug the holes and gaps against future threats.”

However, he warns that the world cannot rely on China’s voluntary cooperation with an international investigation. There is no chance of that happening, as Beijing has consistently sought to conceal the truth and even shift blame elsewhere. In the face of all this evidence, he asserts that even the Chinese regime “will likely destroy evidence and aggressively counter efforts,” thus avoiding accountability.

Nonetheless, Carafano argues that there is an urgent need for the US to take the lead in a concerted and sustained intelligence coalition to investigate the virus’s origins, but without simply reviewing what has been investigated so far. 

“Merely asking for a review of current intelligence is not adequate. In fact, this could be interpreted as a weak and indecisive response that avoids taking responsibility for getting to the bottom of the matter,” he said, referring to the US.

He explained that in order to do this, the U..S should take the following three steps.

Step 1: “Mount a sustained, full-scale intelligence investigation, using every open source and covert method available,” which Cafano says should not depend on China’s cooperation.

For Carafano, this is not only the best way to get to the truth but would also serve to deter the Chinese regime from continuing to act in a criminal manner. 

“The regime should know the free world will spare no effort to uncover malfeasance from the Chinese Communist Party,” he said, adding that the world does not need hard evidence to blame Beijing for the global disaster it has caused since it is at least responsible for failing to report the first cases detected in Wuhan promptly, and for allowing the virus to spread to the world.

“The Chinese government compounded the problem created by its reporting failure by then permitting international travel to and from affected regions. It did this knowing that thousands were likely infected and that the disease was highly communicable and could be deadly to vulnerable populations,” Carafano said.

Step 2: “America will have to lead in creating alternative solutions,” which, according to the expert, must ensure that the intentional actions of the Chinese regime do not go unpunished.

Carafano’s proposal is for the U.S. to focus on defending its own interests as a way to punish the Chinese regime for its criminal actions, which he said would “will inflict more damage, humiliation, and punishment” on the regime than “revenge” for the coronavirus.

And, he said, “China will run amok if the free world doesn’t smack them down when the regime threatens the freedom, prosperity, and security of others.”

Step 3. “Don’t let China’s malicious and destabilizing actions go unchallenged.”

Carafano argues that responses need not be symmetrical, but should be proportional and should get China’s attention.

He said, “For instance, going forward with the Olympic Games in China should be out of the question. The U.S. should lead a global effort to delay and move the games. If that fails, Washington should lead a diplomatic and commercial boycott of the games.”

He also mentioned other action fronts that the U.S. should cover, such as fighting China’s growing influence in international organizations and, as Carafano denounced, the influence it is exerting in its “own backyard.”

On this basis, he lamented that none of this was being done, and on the contrary said that “The Biden administration seems to be looking for ways not to have to confront China,” and that “while Congress is considering major legislation on China, it seems more calculated to deliver pork to the folks at home than to make a serious effort to counter China,” he said.