Tensions between the world’s top two economies have escalated as US President Donald Trump’s administration and Chinese officials have been constantly talking, blaming each other on the Covid-19 pandemic.
At a White House press conference on April 27, President Trump said Washington was conducting “serious investigations” about how China handled the Covid-19 outbreak. He said that the disease could have been prevented quickly and not spread around the world if Beijing “extinguished at source (onset)”.
|President Trump accused China and the World Health Organization (WHO) of being responsible for the failure to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Politico.|
According to the Guardian newspaper, in response to a reporter’s question about an editorial in the German newspaper Bild, the content required Beijing to pay Berlin $ 165 billion for economic damage caused by the new strain of corona virus. Trump said the US could consider doing the same thing.
White House leaders say there are many ways to hold China accountable. “Germany is considering everything, we are also considering the situation. We discuss a much larger amount than the level Germany is referring to. We have not yet decided the final number. It will be very large,” he said. “, Mr. Trump emphasized.
In response, Chinese officials called on the Trump administration to focus on addressing American citizens’ own concerns about the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and condemning American politicians. conspiracy to discredit Beijing.
According to Sputnik, at a press conference on April 27 in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Canh Shang reiterated a series of questions posted by US media, suggesting that Washington had responded slowly. before the onslaught of the Covid-19 epidemic.
“All want to know the truth: When did the first Covid-19 case occur in the US? Is the US government hiding something? Why are they seeking to blame countries?” other and international organizations? “, said Canh Sang.
The official affirmed that both the US and China are victims of the new strain of corona virus, “the common enemy of humanity”. He also warned that any attempt to blame Beijing will fail.