While corona numbers in the United States are rising almost unchanged, Donald Trump is again directing his anger against China. How long will the relationship between the two countries endure these verbal skirmishes?
Next round in the diplomatic exchange between the White House and Beijing. After US President Donald Trump accused the Chinese government of cultivating the corona virus in an arms laboratory last week, he now accused Beijing of dangerous incompetence that would have led to global mass extinction. Above all, observers in the USA see the president’s attacks on China as an attempt to distract from his own, heavily criticized corona policy.
Trump wrote on Beijing’s short message service Twitter: “Some spinner in China has just released a statement blaming everyone except China for the virus that has now killed hundreds of thousands. Please explain to this idiot that it is the ‘ China was incompetence and nothing else that caused this global mass extinction. “
Threatened to break relations
The mutual accusations in the Corona crisis are now becoming an increasing burden on the relationship between the United States and China. Trump recently threatened the Chinese government to end diplomatic relations and announced that he was not ready for bilateral talks.
Trump did not want to speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping “right now”, Trump told Fox Business last Thursday. He was “very disappointed” with Beijing’s stance on the coronavirus pandemic. Although he has a “very good relationship” with Xi, he does not want to talk to him at the moment, Trump added.
Attacks against China – and the WHO
The United States is the worst affected country by the pandemic. There, the number of deaths increased by more than 1,500 to just under 92,000 in the last 24 hours. To date, more than 1.5 million people in the United States have contracted the novel corona virus.
The virus was first discovered in the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan in late 2019. US President Trump accuses Beijing of covering up the true extent of the epidemic at the beginning, thereby enabling the worldwide spread of the disease, which has so far killed more than 320,000 people.
Trump repeatedly criticizes the supposedly close proximity of the World Health Organization to Beijing in this context. On Monday evening, he threatened the organization with a permanent freeze on US contributions and an exit from his country. At the same time, he asked WHO to demonstrate its “independence from China”.
Beijing sharply criticized the threat. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said Trump was only concerned with slandering China and “avoiding” his country’s commitments to WHO.