On February 24, 2020, Professor Rebeccah Heinrichs discussed President Trump’s strengthening of America’s relationship with India, fostering what could be a strategic counter to China, as well as the lack of transparency coming out of China amid the coronavirus outbreak, on Fox Business.
Professor Heinrichs stated that by signing the $3 billion agreement between the United States and India, President Trump is taking great steps in improving American businesses. She described this action as the next “counter-China play” to counter China both militarily and economically in the region.
Professor Heinrichs then discussed how the Communist Party of China (CPC) is responsible for the initial outbreak of the coronavirus and how many statistics revolving around the virus have been under-reported in China. She mentioned that the Chinese government is responsible for not sharing enough information with the West about the current situation in China and that the lack of accountability from the government will stop Chinese people from cultivating trust in their own government.
During the segment, Prof. Heinrichs also compared the current situation and the outbreak of the coronavirus with the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 in terms of how the Soviet government then and the Communist government of China today care more about their reputation than the health of people.
She finished by stating that the government of China needs to allow Western doctors to come in and offer assistance. There needs to be concern about how this virus is spreading and its source of origin.
Rebeccah Heinrichs is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, as well as an adjunct faculty member at IWP, where she teaches a course on Nuclear Deterrence and Arms Control. Professor Heinrichs’s research focuses on a wide spectrum of national security issues, specifically counter-proliferation, missile defense, and nuclear deterrence. Professor Heinrichs aided in the initiation of the bi-partisan Missile Defense Caucus and has served as an advisor on national security and foreign policy to Representative Trent Franks, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.