Trump brands Coronavirus as ‘Chinese virus’ which was flayed by China. Washington accuses Beijing of hiding facts and spreading disinformation about Coronavirus, also slams Iran. “Now is time to resolve this global pandemic instead recrimination”; says Mike Pompeo. US ask South Asian countries to put aside ideological differences and work together
China blames US for misleading over the dreadful crisis, revokes credentials of three American journalists, condemns US media
Nation special report
LONDON: At a crucial time, when the deadly Coronavirus has gripped almost whole the world, a war like alarming situation between US and China has developed especially following the President Donald Trump’s remarks when he termed Coronavirus as ‘Chinese virus’.
President Trump had tweeted saying: “The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”.
This tweet had provoked a reply from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
President Trump in a series of tweets also urged the Americans to not panic and do not start hoarding essential supplies.
China has condemned to what it calls “smears” from the United States President Donald Trump referring to the novel coronavirus as ‘Chinese virus’.
“China expresses its strong anger and opposition to that,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday, as quoted by South China Morning Post.
“We call on the US to stop finger-pointing at China. The utmost priority is for the international community to cooperate on fighting the virus,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman added.
He added: “The US should focus on its top priority, and play a constructive role in international cooperation on health security.”
Appeal to South Asia
The US has called on people of South and Central Asia to cooperate in response to the “shared threat” arising due to global outbreak of horrific decease. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Alice Wells said in a tweet on Tuesday that this is a moment to put aside ideological differences and work together to defeat a global pandemic. “I urge all people of South and Central Asia, whether leaders of countries, communities or families, to prioritize real facts and cooperation in response to this shared threat”.
On Sunday, participants from all eight SAARC nations — India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Maldives and Bhutan — held a video conference to exchange their views and share experiences in fighting the pandemic. The conference witnessed Prime Minister Modi proposing the creation of a COVID-19 emergency fund based on voluntary contributions from all the countries, with India making an initial offer of USD 10 million for the fund.
Though, the US has appealed to rest of the world for peace and tranquillity, but its relations with China are further deteriorated and in a counter action, China has announced that it was revoking press credentials of US journalists working with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post in what Beijing said was “reciprocal countermeasures” in response to the “oppression” of Chinese media organizations in the US.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hit out at China for the “disinformation campaign”, which he said is “designed to shift responsibility” over Coronavirus. Addressing a press conference in Washington on Wednesday, he said that the disinformation campaign that they are waging is designed to shift responsibility. Now is not the time for recrimination. Now is the time to solve this global pandemic and work to take down risks to Americans and people all across the world. He said it took an “awfully long” time to become aware of this risk that was “residing inside of China”.
“There will come a day when we will go evaluate how the entire world responded. We know this much: We know that the first government to be aware of the Wuhan virus was the Chinese government. That imposes a special responsibility to raise the flag, to say, ‘We have a problem, this is different and unique and presents risk’. And it took an awfully long time for the world to become aware of this risk that was sitting there, residing inside of China,” he said.
He also slammed the Iranian regime’s “misinformation” campaign regarding the origin of the virus.”I also want to call attention to the Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign surrounding the origination of the Wuhan virus. Instead of focusing on the needs of the Iranian people and accepting genuine offers of support, senior Iranians lied about the Wuhan virus outbreak for weeks,” said Pompeo.
“The Iranian leadership is trying to avoid responsibility for their grossly incompetent and deadly governance. Sadly, the Iranian people have been suffering these kinds of lies for 41 years. They know the truth: The Wuhan virus is a killer and the Iranian regime is an accomplice,” the US Secretary of State said.