Beijing accused US President Donald Trump on Friday of attempting to “shift the blame” for the worldwide coronavirus pandemic in an escalating row between the 2 powers.
Trump charged on Thursday that the world is “paying a big price” for China’s lack of transparency on the outbreak when it emerged within the central metropolis of Wuhan late final yr.
China has been criticised for suppressing data and punishing whistleblowers in the course of the early levels of the contagion, which an AFP tally reveals has now killed practically 10,000 individuals with greater than 232,000 instances worldwide.
“Some people on the US side are trying to stigmatise China’s fight against the epidemic, and shift the blame onto China,” international ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated.
“This approach ignores the great sacrifice made by the Chinese people to safeguard the health and safety of humankind, and slanders China’s major contribution to global public health.”
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Geng stated China has shared information with the US all through the well being disaster.
The alternate marked an escalation within the bitter confrontation between China and the US over the previous week.
China’s announcement this week of mass expulsions of American journalists sparked a media freedom row that coincided with Trump’s ramped-up utilization of the time period “Chinese Virus”, which he claimed was in response to Chinese language misinformation suggesting that the virus originated within the US.
In current days, Chinese language state media has been closely vital of Trump.
The nationalistic World Occasions claimed in a number of op-eds that his rhetoric is fanning the flames of world xenophobia and anti-Chinese language sentiment.
Trump has defended his description of the virus, saying it was “not racist at all”.