Beijing said that the US had previously positively assessed its efforts in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.
US President Donald Trump and other senior us officials have stepped up their criticism of China over the coronavirus pandemic, with the President openly accusing Beijing of “mass murder around the world.”
Trump’s tweet mentioning a specific “nut in China” was another example of the fierce rhetoric coming from the White House, where Trump is making attacks on Beijing, a Central element of his re-election campaign in November.
“It was’ China’s incompetence’ and nothing else that caused these mass killings 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 led to the death of more than 320 thousand people and caused enormous economic damage.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian pointed to “a lot of mistakes and miscalculations on the part of the United States, their lies and rumors.”
“The US seems to have forgotten that earlier American leaders repeatedly and publicly praised China’s anti-epidemic efforts,” Zhao Lijian said.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday again criticized China over the coronavirus, calling the $ 2 billion that Beijing has promised to allocate to fight the pandemic a “paltry” amount compared to the hundreds of thousands of lives lost and trillions of dollars in damage.
Pompeo rejected Chinese President XI Jinping’s claims 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 called a press conference and allowed reporters to ask him any questions.
“President XI said this week that China is acting openly, transparently and responsibly. I would like it to be so,” Pompeo said at a press conference at the State Department, accusing Beijing of still not issuing samples of the virus and not allowing access to facilities, censoring discussions and “much, much more.”
“China’s contribution to the fight against the pandemic is insignificant compared to the damage they have caused to the world,” Pompeo said.
“This disaster has cost about 90 thousand American lives; more than 36 million Americans have lost their jobs since March. Three hundred thousand people died worldwide. According to our estimates, the damage caused to the world by the mistakes of the Chinese Communist party can reach 9 trillion dollars,” Pompeo said.
He also accused China of threatening Australia with “economic retaliation” for demanding an independent investigation into the origin of the epidemic.
The head of us diplomacy also said that who Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus maintained “an unusually close relationship with Beijing… long before the current pandemic,” which, according to Pompeo, is of “serious concern.”