China accused the USA on Thursday of attempting to shift blame over the coronavirus, after President Donald Trump stated the pandemic was a worse “assault” than Pearl Harbor or 9/11.
Stress between the world’s two largest economies has reached fever pitch in current days as they’ve exchanged barbed feedback on one another’s dealing with of the virus.
“We urge the US facet to cease shifting the blame to China and switch to information,” stated overseas ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a press briefing.
On Wednesday Trump drew analogies with the virus, which emerged within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan final 12 months, and notorious navy and terrorist assaults on the USA.
“That is actually the worst assault we have ever had,” Trump instructed reporters. “That is worse than Pearl Harbor. That is worse than the World Commerce Middle.”
The Japanese assault on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii drew the USA into World Battle II.
The September 11, 2001 jihadist assaults on that killed about 3,000 individuals and triggered 20 years of warfare.
Trump stated the coronavirus pandemic “ought to by no means have occurred”.
“Might have been stopped on the supply. Might have been stopped in China,” he stated.
Hua responded: “They may say the pandemic is similar to Pearl Harbor or 9/11, however the enemy dealing with the US is the novel coronavirus”.
She stated Washington ought to “battle side-by-side” with Beijing as an alternative of as “enemies”.
Hua added that “numerous overseas international locations, specialists and scientists have all made constructive feedback on China’s efficient virus prevention and management.”
“However the US alone has made some very disharmonious, untruthful and insincere remarks,” stated Hua.
The coronavirus, which first emerged in central China late final 12 months, has now killed greater than 73,000 individuals within the US.