Trump says China could have stopped coronavirus, Beijing decries shifting of blame

Trump says China could have stopped coronavirus, Beijing decries shifting of blame


Washington: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that China could have stopped the corona virus before it flooded the world, and its government is conducting a “serious investigation” of what happened.

Trump’s criticism is the latest criticism of his current government against the way China is tackling the coronavirus outbreak. This coronavirus outbreak occurred in Wuhan, China at the end of last year and has now grown into a global pandemic.

Last week, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States is “deeply convinced” that Beijing did not report the outbreak in time and masked the risk of the respiratory illness caused by the virus.

“We’re doing very serious investigations… We are not happy with China,” Trump said at a White House briefing. “There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable.

“We believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing that some US politicians lied to divert their attention so that they did not respond adequately to the virus at home. He did not specifically mention Trump or Pompeo.

“Attempts to shift the blame on China will not denigrate China’s efforts in responding to the virus,” Geng said.

According to Reuters statistics, the coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 210,000 people worldwide, including more than 56,000 people in the United States.

Earlier on Monday, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro accused China of sending inferior and counterfeit coronavirus antibody test kits to the United States, and accused China of “taking advantage” of the pandemic.

Trump has appointed Beijing’s outspoken critic, Navaro, who is responsible for handling supply lines related to the crisis. He said that more testing for viruses and antibodies is critical for the Americans who are currently blocked.

“That’s where, perhaps, we can find people who are immune, that can be in the workplace in a more safe environment. But we can’t have China, for example, bringing in those fake tests and counterfeit tests, because that’s going to be very disruptive,” Navarro said in an interview on Fox News.

“There’s a lot of these antibody tests coming in from China now that are low quality, false readings and things like that,” he said.

When asked about Navarro’s comments, Geng said the White House adviser is a common liar and has no credibility, in line with previous comments from China.

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