AGENCIES, Beijing: US President Donald Trump has been repeatedly targeting China over coronavirus and as expected China is pretty annoyed and upset about how things are shaping up in this respect.
The tipping point for China came on Tuesday when Trump suggested that he may seek damages from China over the coronavirus pandemic which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world.
Beijing’s response has been swift and terse while accusing US politicians of “telling barefaced lies” over the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe.
“They have only one objective: shirk their responsibility for their own poor epidemic prevention and control measures, and divert public attention,” said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a media briefing.
Beijing and Washington have clashed several times over the outbreak as tensions have soared between the world’s two biggest economic powers.
“We are not happy with China,” Trump said at a White House briefing on Monday. “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 said, saying there were many options to “hold them accountable”.
Trump was asked about a recent German newspaper editorial which called on China to pay Germany $165 billion in reparations because of economic damage due to the virus.
Asked if the US would consider doing the same, Trump said “we can do something much easier than that.”
There have been more than 55,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States and the pandemic has shut down huge swathes of the economy, leaving tens of millions unemployed.