August 04, 2021
House Republicans introduced legislation last week that would mandate the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program—which is best-known for placing bounties on the heads of global terrorist leaders—to offer cash rewards to anyone with inside information about the coronavirus’s origins and the Chinese Communist Party’s subsequent cover-up.
Authorizations in the bill also permit the disclosure of classified information related to the coronavirus’s origins. A select congressional committee would be established to investigate the matter as well. The bill would also instruct the Biden administration to assess whether China violated the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act by releasing the coronavirus.
The provision is part of a sprawling legislative package that would sanction China for its routine theft of American intellectual property and hacks on the U.S. government. The bill seeks to crack down on the U.S. government’s ties to China, which have grown even amid the Communist Party’s ongoing efforts to hack Americans’ personal and business data. As part of the legislation, all federal employees would be banned from participating in cultural exchange and educational trips to China.
Edited by：【Himalaya London Club UK】