(7-31-19) USA: Economic and Security Review Commission Holds Hearing, “Exploring the Growing U.S. Reliance on China’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical Products”–

(7-31-19) USA/CHINA: Economic & Security Review Commission Holds Hearing, “Exploring the Growing U.S. Reliance on China’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical Products”–

Rosemary Gibson is the Senior Advisor at the Hastings Center, the world’s first bioethics research institute, founded in 1969 as “a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, law, political science, and education.” She is the author of “China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine.” Here are the key points of her testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on July 31, 2019:

“Medicines Can Be Used as a Strategic and Tactical Weapon Against the United States…”

Rosemary Gibson,
July 31, 2019
Senior Adv
isor of The Hastings Center

 National Health Security at Risk

1. The U.S. Has Lost Virtually All of Its Industrial Base to Make Generic Antibiotics…
2. Beyond Antibiotics, the U.S. Industrial Base for Generic Drug Manufacturing Is on the Brink of Collapse. Generic Drugs are 90 Percent of the Medicines Americans Take…
3. If China Shut the Door on Exports of Medicines and Their Key Ingredients and Raw Materials, U.S. Hospitals and Military Hospitals and Clinics Would Cease to Function Within Months, if Not Days…
4. Presently, the pharmaceutical and chemical industry’s successful requests to the U.S. Trade Representative not to impose tariffs on medicinal products made in China corroborate that much of the US industrial base, and our self-sufficiency in manufacturing products essential for life, has collapsed…
5. As the U.S. Rapidly Loses Control Over the Production and Supply of Vital Medicines, It Loses Control Over the Price of Medicines Consumers and Hospitals Pay…
6. Risks of Contaminated and Potentially Lethal Medicines Are Increasing…
7. The FDA Cannot Fix the Underlying Cause of These Threats to National Health Security…
8. More than 10 Percent of Generic Drugs Tested Do Not Meet Quality Standards…
9. Procurement of Medicines from Trustworthy Manufacturers Based on Value, Not Cheap, is the Antidote to Threats.

National Security Risks

1. Medicines Can Be Used as a Strategic and Tactical Weapon Against the United States…
2. Dependence on China is a Risk to the U.S. Military, Combat Readiness, and Force Protection…

3. No one in the federal government is responsible for knowing who controls the U.S. supply of medicines…
4. Medicines should be treated as a strategic asset similar to oil and other energy supplies and agricultural commodities such as wheat and corn.


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The Art of War
IV. Tactical Dispositions:

“Hence the skillful fighter puts himself into a position 
which makes defeat impossible,
and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy.”

“Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks
battle after the victory has been won,
whereas he who is destined to defeat
first fights and afterwards looks for victory.”

VI. Weak Points and Strong:

Sun Tzu said: ‘Whoever is first in the field
and awaits the coming of the enemy,
will be fresh for the fight;
whoever is second in the field
and has to hasten to battle
will arrive exhausted

You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks
if you only attack places which are undefended.
You can ensure the safety of your defense
if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked.

“Therefore thus says Yahweh:
‘You have not listened to Me, to declare freedom,
every man to his brother,
and every man to his neighbor.
Listen, I proclaim freedom for you,’ says Yahweh,
‘to the sword, pestilence, and famine;
and I will make you to be tossed back and forth
among all the kingdoms of the earth.'”

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