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Winning compensation from China for coronavirus is a long shot

Legal claims stand no chance, but there are other kinds of punishment

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Sreeram Chaulia is a professor and dean at the Jindal School of International Affairs in Sonipat, India. His latest book is "Trumped: Emerging Powers in a Post-American World."

Many countries are joining a chorus of criticism against China for its mishandling of the coronavirus, which originated in the central city of Wuhan. They are threatening to sue China and extract damages for the tremendous loss of lives and livelihoods the pandemic has inflicted around the world.

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