Trump Inflames China, America’s Largest Medical Supplier. The US Remains Heavily Dependant On Chinese Goods
Why Isn’t The US Compensating The World For Viruses That Originated In America?
China President Xi’s wrote an Op-Ed article in The Qiushi Journal entitled “Unity and Cooperation Are the Most Powerful Weapon for the International Community Against the Disease” elaborates the Chinese government’s position and propositions in advancing anti-epidemic international cooperation with a vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind.
The virus is a common enemy of all mankind. To combat the pandemic and restore economic growth requires the concerted efforts of all countries, including China and the US.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a partner in China and the international community’s fight against COVID-19. Since the pandemic broke out, Chinese science institutions and the Gates Foundation have carried out cooperative research on pathogenesis, prevention and treatment.
Recently, the Gates Foundation announced a new donation to support R&D in diagnostic tools, treatments and vaccines, support WHO and other international organizations in strengthening international cooperation on epidemic prevention and control, and oppose using this pandemic for stigmatization. We appreciate and welcome that.
At present, the pandemic is still spreading rapidly around the world. China is ready to continue to work with the international community, including the Gates Foundation, to strengthen cooperation in epidemic prevention and contribute to the well-being of all as well as global public health security.
US President Trump said on Sunday that the US still wants investigators to go to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak and the two sides are discussing this. He also said on Saturday that China could face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic.
As Trump ratchets up his rhetoric, two US lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow Americans and local governments to sue the government of China for misleading WHO and causing the global spread of COVID-19.
In response to Trump’s allegations, Chineses Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang provide the following statement;
“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, in an open, transparent and responsible spirit, China has taken the most comprehensive, rigorous and thorough measures to contain its spread and conduct international cooperation. In this process, China has made tremendous sacrifices, accumulated valuable experience, and made significant contributions to the global response. The international community bears witness to and applauds China’s efforts and progress.
“The virus is a common enemy to all mankind and may strike anytime, anywhere. Like other countries, China is also a victim, not a perpetrator, even less an accomplice of COVID-19.
“In the face of major public health crises and infectious diseases, the international community should stand in solidarity and work together, not resort to mutual accusation or demand retribution and accountability. As I recall, there has never been any precedence of the latter.
“Did anyone ask the US to offer compensations for the 2009 H1N1 flu, which was first diagnosed before breaking out on a large scale in the US and then spread to 214 countries and regions, killing nearly 200,000 people?
“AIDS was first reported in the US in the 1980s and then swept across the world, causing untold sufferings to countless victims. Did anyone come forward and ask the US to be held accountable? In addition, Kishore Mahbubani, a professor at the National University of Singapore, said in an interview the other day that the financial turmoil in the US triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 turned into a global financial crisis. Did anyone ask the US to take the consequences?
“The US must understand that their enemy is the virus, not China. The international community can only defeat the virus by pulling together. Attacking and discrediting other countries will not save time and lives lost. We hope that those on the US side will respect facts, science, and international consensus, stop attacking and blaming China for nothing, stop making irresponsible remarks, and focus instead on fighting the epidemic at home and promoting international cooperation.”
To date, the US has been the biggest recipient of Chinese medical equipment to fight COVID-19. According to the incomplete statistics from Chinese customs, from March 1 to April 17, China provided the US with 1.864 billion masks, 258 million pairs of gloves, 29.19 million surgical protective suits, 3.13 million goggles, 156 invasive ventilators and 4,254 non-invasive ones.
The American people all reliant on China to produce desperately needed medical equipment to scale that can not be done in the United States. Trump, on one hand, is accepting help from the Chinese Government then turns around and bites the hand that is feeding country.
Trump continues to play a dangerous game of diplomacy and does so at the cost of innocent American lives.
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