Beijing said that earlier the U.S. had positively assessed its efforts in combating the Coronavirus epidemic.
U.S. President Donald Trump and other senior U.S. officials increased criticism of China in connection with the Coronavirus pandemic, with the president openly accusing Beijing of “mass killings around the world”.
Trump’s tweeting of some “nutcase in China” was yet another example of fierce rhetoric coming from the White House, where Trump makes the attacks on Beijing a central element of his campaign for re-election in November.
“It was China’s “incompetence” and nothing else that caused these massacres around the world,” the president wrote.
The virus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year and began to spread rapidly around the world. The epidemic has killed over 320,000 people and caused huge economic damage.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian pointed to “many mistakes and miscalculations on the part of the U.S., their lies and rumors.
“The US seems to have forgotten that before, American leaders repeatedly and publicly praised China’s anti-epidemic efforts,” Zhao Lijian said.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized China again Wednesday for the coronavirus, naming the $2 billion Beijing pledged to fight the pandemic as “negligible” compared to hundreds of thousands of lost lives and trillions of dollars in damages.
Pompeo rejected statements by Chinese President Xi Jinping that Beijing acted transparently after the outbreak of the epidemic in China. According to Pompeo, if the Chinese leader wanted to demonstrate this, he should have gathered a press conference and allowed journalists to ask him any questions.
“President Xi said this week that China has acted openly, transparently and responsibly. I wish that was the case,” Pompeo said at a State Department press conference, accusing Beijing of still not releasing samples of the virus and keeping it out of facilities, censoring discussions and “much more.
“China’s contribution to the fight against the pandemic is negligible compared to the damage they have done to the world,” Pompeo said.
“This disaster has cost about 90,000 American lives, and more than 36 million Americans have lost their jobs since March. Over 300,000 people have died worldwide. We estimate the damage caused to the world by the Chinese Communist Party’s mistakes can be as much as $9 trillion,” Pompeo said.
He also accused China of threatening Australia with “economic retaliation” for demanding an independent investigation into the origins of the epidemic.
The head of U.S. diplomacy also said that WHO Director-General Tedros Adan Gebrejesus had “an unusually close relationship with Beijing … long before the current pandemic,” which Pompeo said was “of great concern.