China is “on the brink of a new cold War” with the United States

La Chine «au bord d'une nouvelle Guerre froide» avec les États-Unis

A warning without mercy: the critics of the united states upon his management of the coronavirus, pushing China’s economy “on the brink of a new cold War” with the United States, warned on Sunday the head of a chinese diplomatic, determined to “replicate” its critics.

For weeks, the administration Trump accuses Beijing of being late to communicate crucial information on the epidemic, which appeared the end of 2019 in the city of Wuhan (center), and thus have facilitated its spread.

The american president, who plays his re-election in November, has raised the possibility of request to Beijing to pay billions of dollars to repair.

“In addition to the devastation caused by the new coronavirus, a virus policy is spreading in the United States,” retorted to the press the chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, however, without the name Donald Trump.

Beijing and Washington were already at loggerheads for the past two years with the trade war launched by the administration to Trump, which penalizes international trade.

But the pandemic of the novel coronavirus has pushed the tension between the two powers at the peaks.

The point that Donald Trump has threatened to cut off “any relationship” with Beijing.

With the crisis of the sars coronavirus, “some political forces american to take hostage the relations between China and the United States and are pushing our two countries to the brink of a new cold War”, has blasted Wang Yi.

“Fight back at each insult”

“This virus policy seizes every opportunity to attack and defame China,” noted the head of the diplomacy of the second world economic power, on the sidelines of the annual session of the chinese Parliament.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump is mounted to a tone in its rhetoric, criticizing the “incompetence” of Beijing, which is responsible for a ‘ killing spree of mass of the world.”

The diplomacy of the chinese, particularly some of its ambassadors, has shown in recent months more aggressive in order to defend the country’s response to the epidemic.

“We riposterons at each insult”, promised the minister of foreign Affairs of china, questioned on this point.

In a pique thinly veiled, Mr. Wang has called on the Usa to “stop wasting time and wasting precious lives”, at a time when the country most affected by the pandemic is about to cross the $ 100 000 deaths.

“The COVID-19 is the common enemy of China and the United States,” stressed Wang Yi, saying that the country had shipped more than 11 billion masks to Uncle Sam, on a total of 56.8 billion exported in the whole world.

“It’s been 40 masks for every American,” said Mr. Wang.

An investigation, but subject to conditions

He is also said to be “ready” for international cooperation in order to identify the source of the new coronavirus. But the minister had been stingy with details.

It has, however, warned that such an initiative should abstain from any “political interference” and that it had to be “conducted by the WHO”, at the time of Washington press for the opening of an international inquiry.

On Monday, the chinese president Xi Jinping was shown to be more vague in a message to the annual assembly of the world Health Organization (WHO).

The strong man in Beijing had given the green light to a “complete evaluation” of the global response to the new coronavirus. But only once the epidemic has been reversed, had he insisted.

Washington said they suspected the Institute of virology of Wuhan have been able to let the virus escape from a laboratory.

In an interview broadcast Saturday night on television, the director of the institute denied the thing, while acknowledging that his institution had three living strains of coronavirus of bat — but not at the origin of the COVID-19.

“Like everyone else, we did not know that the virus existed” before the reporting of the first patients in December, has assured Wang Yanyi.

“How would he have escape from the lab?”, if is it questioned.

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