USA blacklists 33 Chinese companies, institutions for alleged military links

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2020

"China and the United States stand to gain from co-operation, and lose from confrontation", he said, adding that "both of us bear a major responsibility for world peace and development". "This political virus is the use of every opportunity to attack and smear China".

He also said some political forces in the United States are trying to push the two countries into a new Cold War.

Longstanding friction between the two powers over trade, human rights and a range of other issues have been pushed to new heights since the virus outbreak.

Wang also touched on the rift between Beijing and Washington over responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi blasted USA politicians for fabricating rumours.

Noting that excessive unlawful foreign meddling in Hong Kong affairs has placed China's national security in serious jeopardy, Wang said that establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security has become a pressing priority, and must be done without the slightest delay.

Warning against any foreign interference in Hong Kong amid strong statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who called the new law "a death knell" to city's freedom, Wang said Hong Kong affairs are China's internal matter, and "no external interference will be tolerated".

Most scientists believe the virus jumped from animals to humans after emerging in China, possibly from a market in the central city of Wuhan where exotic animals were sold for meat.

The US Senate has also recently passed a bill demanding companies confirm that they are not owned or controlled by foreign governments, which could prevent many Chinese companies from listing their shares on American exchanges.

World Health Organization members on Tuesday adopted a resolution at the United Nations body's first virtual assembly to review global handling of the pandemic.

The introduction at China's legislature on Friday of a proposal to impose a security law in Hong Kong to suppress the semi-autonomous city's pro-democracy movement also has drawn United States and world condemnation.

"Aside from the devastation caused by the novel coronavirus, there is also a political virus spreading through the U.S.", he said.

Wang said the draft decision targets a narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security.

The Global Times, a newspaper affiliated with the Communist Party, reported Sunday that China was "considering punitive countermeasures" against some American politicians leading the efforts to hold it accountable for the virus.

Wang Yi blasted what he called efforts by United States politicians to "fabricate rumours" about the pathogen's origins and "stigmatise China".

The news comes after Beijing proposed national security legislation to ban secession and foreign interference in Hong Kong, resulting in a massive backlash in the Western media.

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