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The US state of Missouri is suing the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus which it says has led to severe economic losses.

In the lawsuit, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleges China did little to stop the spread of the virus.

Mr Schmitt claims Missouri residents have suffered possibly tens of billions of dollars in economic damages.

But legal experts doubt how far the state will get with the legal action, and the motivation behind it.

"In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real - thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are shuttering their doors, and those living paycheck to paycheck are struggling to put food on their table," Mr Schmitt said in a statement.

"The Chinese government lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease," Mr Schmitt said. "They must be held accountable for their actions."

The civil lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, is against the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party and other Chinese officials and institutions.

Legal experts have questioned the move and how far it will get. A legal doctrine called sovereign immunity offers foreign governments broad protection from being sued in US courts.

"There is an exception for torts committed in the United States by officials acting in an official capacity; the paradigm would be something like a car accident in an embassy car," said Tom Ginsburg, a professor of international law at the University of Chicago.(BBC)

  Comments - 6

  • gammini Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:24 AM

    Americans feel humiliated because they have the highest number of coronavirus deaths anywhere in the world. Americans should sue their own doctors for Scientific incompetence and not China which is thousands of miles away in Asia.

    ram Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:25 AM

    While it should be appreciated that they sue Chinese government. Likewise, they should sue governments that committed war crimes and cover it up as a war against terrorism like the way Chinese government covered COVID Pandemic.

    Jude Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:36 AM

    YEAH, the Yankees are desperate and in deep shit !! 'Coz AMERICAN crude oil (WTI) futures collapsed below $0 zero for the first-time in history!!! With supply glut there's no takers(buyers) ending the day Monday at a stunning minus -$37.63 a barrel as desperate Traders paid to get rid of oil !!! Huh!! Global demand for oil has dried up with NO place to put the crude as they ran out of storage tanks !!!WOW!!! Watta pickle!!!

    Jude Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:40 AM

    Missouri AG ACTIONS gonna MAKE some lawyers Really Rich !! Yeah!!

    ChanakaJ Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:52 AM

    Typical knee jerk reaction from a failing President! Trump should take responsibility for his slow response, and the rising US deaths!

    Sashi Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:56 AM

    US has highest global death rate, and Trump wants to lift their lockdown asap! More infection and death will ruin US economy further.

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