Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Tom Tugendhat tells talkRADIO why he is “calling out” the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak as he urges a crack down on Chinese wet markets.
These are his views and not talkRADIO’s.
In many ways, China’s deception and lies, the dictatorship that has seen the Chinese people brutalised by a vicious Beijing regime now for the best part of 70 years, is now exposing the whole world to the same dangers.
We need to stand with the Chinese people here and call out the brutality of the regime. Not just for their sake but for our own.
The idea that China couldn’t stop something like a wet market if it chose to is completely rubbish. They very successfully crack down on religious belief, which is practised privately and at home. So the idea that they couldn’t stop something that is conducted by literally hundreds of thousands of people in public is completely laughable.
It’s not being cracked down on because the Chinese decide no to crack down on it, despite the warning after the SARS outbreak in 2003 - very, very clear warnings in many journals on microbiology that this was going to be the route of the next major outbreak.
Of course, indeed, they were absolutely right. It is.
My job is not to call out the Chinese government just for random abuses. It’s to defend the interest of the British people and protect the British people. And that’s what I'm doing.
I understand, and I feel extremely sorry for, the Uyghur populations, the muslim populations of western China and I'm astonished that no muslim countries are calling that out.
I think that’s surprising and I think that’s sad but that’s not the issue for me.
For me the issue is that what this totalitarian regime is doing is, it is putting at risk the lives of the people I am here to represent, the people of West Kent, and it is also putting at risk the country that I have spent my life trying to serve.
I find that extremely worrying and that is why I’m calling it out.
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