In a tweet the US President said: “Some wacko in China just released a statement blaming everybody other than China for the Virus which has now killed hundreds of thousands of people. Please explain to this dope that it was the ‘incompetence of China, and nothing else, that did this mass worldwide killing!”
His explosive comments come after China said the US was trying to shift the blame for Washington’s own mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the US was trying to smear China and had miscalculated by trying to use China to avoid its own responsibility.
China’s president has called an independent review of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic under the World Health Organisation once the virus is under control, and defended Beijing’s own handling of the pandemic.
In a video message to a virtual meeting of the WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, President Xi Jinping also pledged $2 billion over two years to help with the COVID-19 response.
During the two-day meeting, health ministers from around the world are expected to back calls for an independent evaluation of the WHO’s performance, criticism of which has been led by Mr Trump who has threatened to withdray US funding.
President Xi called the pandemic “the most serious global public health emergency since the end of World War Two”.
He said: “All along we have acted with openness and transparency and responsibility.
“We have turned the tide on the virus.”
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