Under new introduced legislation in US Congress, President Donald Trump would be able to impose sanctions on China if Beijing fails to cooperate in providing detailed information on the events leading up to the coronavirus outbreak, nine Senators said in a statement.

Iran Press/America: "Without certification, the president would be authorized to impose a range of sanctions such as asset freezes, travel bans, visa revocations, restricting United States financial institutions from making loans or underwriting to Chinese businesses and prohibiting Chinese firms from being listed on American stock exchanges", nine US Senators, including Senator Lindsey Graham, said on Tuesday, according to Sputnik.

The senators added that the measure requires the US president to provide a certification to Congress within 60 days that China has shared a full and complete accounting to any coronavirus-related investigation led by the United States, its allies, or UN agencies, including the World Health Organization.

The White House should also notify US lawmakers if China "closed operating wet markets that may expose risk to humans and released all Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates that were arrested in the post-coronavirus crackdowns", the statement said.

Senator Graham called for pushing back against China’s narrative regarding coronavirus and holding it accountable.


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