"China, however, is protected by sovereign immunity, and Missouri's got no standing to sue it, even in American courts.
"Missouri AG Schmitt says there's an exception for commercial activity, and he alleges that labs and hospitals are commercial ventures. He's also counting the Communist Party as a non-state actor, which he says fortifies his legal argument."
The state of Missouri is suing China for that country's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. It's the first such lawsuit brought by a state, and relies on an unusual interpretation of federal law. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican, blames China for letting the coronavirus spread.