The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the United States of “lying” on Tuesday and suggested that as the war of words between the world’s two largest economic powers escalate, the country considers its own affairs.
“We advise American politicians to reflect on their own problems and try their best to control the [coronavirus] epidemic as soon as possible instead of continuing to play tricks to deflect blame,” spokesman Geng Shuang said.
President Trump hinted at a news conference on Monday that the United States will seek “substantial” compensation for China’s response to the global epidemic.
“We are not happy with China,” Trump said. “We are not happy with that whole situation because 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.”
He added that the United States is considering several options to “account for them”.
When asked about a recent editorial published by the German newspaper “Bild”, which printed a model claiming US $ 162 billion in economic losses from China, Trump replied: “Germany is examining things, we are examining things , We are talking about much more than what Germany says. “
Despite being warned, Trump, who was criticized for his understatement, led the charges against China to a large extent.
Australia has also been at the end of the spiral in Beijing. The Chinese ambassador to Australia warned on Monday that the government ’s call for an independent international investigation into the origin of the epidemic could cause China to boycott Australian products.
“Maybe the ordinary people will say, ‘Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef?'” Ambassador Chen Jingye threatened, The Australian Financial Review reported.
Australian’s foreign minister Marise Payne hit back, dismissing China’s attempt at “economic coercion.”
That didn’t sit well with China, which prompted Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, to tweet: “Let me give a ‘coercion’ to Australia. As its attitude toward China becomes worse and worse, Chinese companies will definitely reduce economic cooperation with Australia, and the number of Chinese students & visitors going to Australia will also decrease. Time will prove it all.”