Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the United States should treat China like it did the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Appearing on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Haley agreed that the United States should restrict trade with China as it did with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, as well as to conduct very few educational exchanges, and not “couple with them at all on key initiatives,” host Laura Ingraham said.
“The United States has to be smart. We have to strategically figure out how we’re going to deal with China in the long term and really make sure that we call them out and let them know that we’re on to them,” Haley said. “China is our number one national security threat.”
The former governor of South Carolina has been a vocal opponent of the communist nation for its deception and human rights violations. She recently formed the group, named directly: Stop Communist China. Its objective is to “stop the Chinese Communist government’s deception and manipulation. We need Congress to act now to prevent China’s growing influence.”
“We have long warned about the threats China’s Communist government poses. Now, in a time of crisis, we are seeing just how dangerous China is. The time for warnings is over. We must act and protect American security, health, and prosperity,” said Haley.
Haley also called out China on Fox News for the nation’s resolve in never admitting fault or guilt, in this case, for spreading the coronavirus to the world. China has launched a propaganda campaign aiming to spread a conspiracy theory that the United States created the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump was vocal in naming Wuhan, China, as the source of the virus, a claim that U.S. intelligence officials have backed up.
Officials from the United States and the United Kingdom have called out China for reportedly lying about the number of COVID-19 cases inside its borders. China has used several different definitions of COVID-19 in order to manipulate those numbers, which has steadily remained around 80,000 for months while the rest of the world’s numbers skyrocketed to beyond 3 million, according to the latest tracking data from Johns Hopkins research.
The United Kingdom recently stopped including Chinese data in its daily briefings showing coronavirus figures by country due to inaccurate data from China.
Conservative British parliamentary members formed a group, called the China Research Group, to “promote debate and fresh thinking” about the U.K.’s relationship with China.
“This data is used to judge the effectiveness of our own response, whether good or bad. It’s important we are comparing like with like, otherwise our own responses could be distorted leading to more deaths in the UK,” said the group’s founder, Tom Tugendhat, who is also chairman of the Commons foreign affairs select committee. “Clearly No 10 [Britain’s capitol building] believes the same as the rest of the world — that China’s data is unreliable and possibly false.”
Bloomberg also reported that China has been faking its numbers, according to unnamed U.S. intelligence officials.
China is currently reporting about 4,700 deaths in the country from the virus, while the United States has more than 64,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“The claim that the United States has more coronavirus deaths than China is false,” said Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse. “Without commenting on any classified information, this much is painfully obvious: The Chinese Communist Party has lied, is lying, and will continue to lie about coronavirus to protect the regime.”