China Cold War will endanger global peace, Beijing warns

Andrew Cummings
May 25, 2020

Trump had threatened China with fresh tariffs as he stepped up his attacks on Beijing over the COVID-19 crisis, saying he had seen evidence linking a Wuhan lab to the contagion, which has infected at least millions of people so far.

Wang on Sunday repeated China's stance that Hong Kong affairs were an internal matter and said the principle of non-interference must be upheld by all countries.

The Trump administration has clashed with Beijing over a range of issues in recent months, including trade, technology, and the coronavirus pandemic, with President Donald Trump himself alleging the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus was first detected late a year ago.

Noting that China remains committed to jointly developing ties marked by coordination, cooperation and stability with the United States, Wang said China will defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, its legitimate right to development, and its dignity and place in the world which the Chinese people have worked so hard to earn.

He also said lawsuits launched in the United States trying to seek compensation from China over damages from Covid-19 have "zero basis in fact, law or global precedence".

"Aside from the devastation caused by the novel coronavirus, there is also a political virus spreading through the US", Wang said at a press conference on the side of the annual legislative meeting.

The U.S. should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, Chinese government's top diplomat, Wang Yi, said on Sunday. "Some politicians ignore the basic facts and make up countless lies and conspiracy theories against China", Mr Wang said.

"We will also continue to implement the healthcare initiative put forward at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, with a focus on spurring the construction of African Center for Disease Control and Prevention and upgrading public health service capability", he said.

During the conference, Wang criticized efforts by USA politicians to "fabricate rumors" about COVID-19's origins to "stigmatize China".

"I call on the U.S. to stop wasting time and stop wasting precious lives", Wang said.

Last week, President Trump accused the World Health Organization of being a "puppet of China" that had let Covid-19 spin "out of control" at the cost of "many lives".

Wang announced that China was "open" to an worldwide effort to find the origins of coronavirus, but stressed that the process must be "fair and professional".

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