Xi urges Trump to improve US-China ties amid coronavirus feud

Andrew Cummings
March 28, 2020

After a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump said Friday the United States would be working with China to share insights on the virus to better fight the pandemic.

According to state-run Xinhua News Agency, Xi said China was sharing information on COVID-19 "in an open, transparent, and responsible manner".

Right before Trump left the podium, Fox News' John Roberts brought a breaking Wall Street Journal story on Friday evening that reported the Trump White House was set to suspend the extensive tariffs it has emplaced on Chinese goods as a measure of financial relief to USA importers. Moreover, the US President notified that the two countries are "working closely together" to deal with the global health crisis. "Much respect", Trump wrote.

Although he later tweeted that he has been in contact with China's President Xi Jinping.

China's Foreign Ministry was yet to release a statement on the conversation. Terming the pandemic as "the common enemy of mankind", Xi said: "Only by united can the worldwide community can defeat it".

The war of words between American and Chinese officials picked up pace after a top Chinese diplomat suggested the US military may have been responsible for the global outbreak.

He refrained from more combative words such as referring to the virus as a "Chinese virus", which he has been doing.

Chinese officials have also taken to Twitter to blame the United States for potentially bringing the coronavirus to the USA via its military, perpetuating a conspiracy theory that has been circulating online, without providing any evidence.

"Every day that we stay out it gets harder to bring it back very quickly", Trump said during his Thursday press conference.

"China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus".

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