China urges U.S. to join it and fight coronavirus

China and US presidents

CHINA has urged the United States of America to join it in the fight against coronavirus and limit its criticisms and misinformations of the country.

At a press briefing on Sunday,  Chinese top diplomat, Wang Yi, condoled the US government and the people of the toll the pandemic is taking on the country.

In the face of the COVID-19 which is threatening to overrun the US, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang said that a political virus was ravaging the US.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) with Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

He said: “This political virus is using every opportunity to attack and smear China. Some politicians have ignored the most basic facts and concocted too many lies about China and plotted too many conspiracies.”

According to him, rather than waste time and neglect to save lives, both countries should help each other and learn to fight the coronavirus together to each other’s benefit.

Relations between the two countries have suffered since the pandemic broke out, as the leaders of both countries have repeatedly accused each other, and the US accusing China of deliberately misleading the  world with its half truths regarding the the pandemic. 

The US president, Donald Trump and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping have traded harsh words over trade issues, human rights, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Wang noted that China and the US also need to start sorting out the macro policies for their economies and the economy of the larger world, as he claimed that his country is ready to cooperate  with the U.S.

In terms of mutual benefits, he expressed the belief that both countries have more to gain from from working together than working alone and that “China has always advocated that as the world’s largest developing country and the largest developed country, both of us bear a major responsibility for world peace and development.”

The diplomat made light of the suit instituted by the state of Missouri against the Chinese government over coronavirus, accusing China of mishandling the outbreak from Wuhan, thus causing untold economic losses to the state and said that there was no legal basis to such a suit.

“If you want to infringe upon China’s sovereignty and dignity with indiscriminate litigation, and extort the fruits of the hard work of the Chinese people, I am afraid this is a daydream and you’ll only humiliate yourself.’’

Wang faulted the attacks on the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, saying, “to support WHO is to support saving lives.”


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