Gee, if only someone had been giving out warnings that China should not be trusted as a “sole source” provider of anything. And, also warning China that a “tit-for-tat” response with food and other necessities is not unthinkable nor unreasonable.
What happens when PRC moves Hostage Diplomacy upstream from people to sensitive military assets, or whole segments of US infrastructure? We had better be exploring this from a 5th Generation Warfare aperture, because it’s coming.
How many crucial routine-use medical supplies are almost entirely of Chinese origin?
An area of particular concern to Congress has been U.S. shortages in medical supplies—including personal protective equipment (PPE) and pharmaceuticals—as the United States stepped up efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic with limited domestic stockpiles and insufficient U.S. industrial capacity. Because of China’s role as a global supplier of PPE, medical devices, antibiotics, and active pharmaceutical ingredients, reduced exports from China led to shortages of critical medical supplies in the United States. Exacerbating the situation, in early February 2020, the Chinese government nationalized control of the production and distribution of medical supplies in China—directing all production for domestic use—and directed the bureaucracy and Chinese industry to secure supplies from the global market. Once past the initial peak of its COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese government appears to have prioritized certain countries and selectively released some medical supplies for overseas delivery.
I wonder how much Hunter Biden sold his last painting for?