China says it is ready for a new cold war with the United States - The Point

sino-us relations are at their worst. This Sunday, the chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, did not mince his words at the time to evoke the escalation of tension

China says it is ready for a new cold war with the United States - The Point

sino-us relations are at their worst. This Sunday, the chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, did not mince his words at the time to evoke the escalation of tension between the two countries since the beginning of the crisis of the sars coronavirus. China and the United States are " on the brink of a new cold war ", he warned.

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The first patients for the new coronavirus have been reported at the end of last year in the chinese city of Wuhan (center). It has since spread over the planet, and has done some 340 000 people dead. Donald Trump has charged regularly in recent weeks the chinese authorities have been slow to provide crucial data on the severity of the virus whose propagation could have been, according to him, to be controlled.

A "virus" policy

" in Addition to the devastation caused by the new coronavirus, a virus policy is spreading in the United States ", he regretted in front of the press the head of china's public diplomacy, without naming the us president. "This virus policy seizes every opportunity to attack and defame China," has blasted Wang Yi. Beijing and Washington were already at loggerheads for the past two years and the trade war launched by the administration to Trump-based customs surcharges reciprocal, especially for the international trade.

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But the pandemic of novel coronavirus has pushed the tension between the two powers at the peaks. "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" with the crisis of the coronavirus, regretted Wang Yi.

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China is ready to cooperate to find the origin of the virus

Donald Trump has raised the possibility of request to Beijing to pay billions of dollars in reparations for the damage caused by the epidemic. And the United States have called for an international investigation into the origin of the virus. China is "ready" to international co-operation to identify the source of the new coronavirus, said Wang Yi. But such cooperation must abstain from any " political interference ", he warned.

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on Monday, chinese president Xi Jinping says he supports a "comprehensive assessment" of the global response to the new coronavirus, once the epidemic will have been halted. In a video message to the annual assembly of the WHO, the strong man in Beijing has cleared the failure of his country in the management of the epidemic, ensuring that China had "always" shown "transparency" and "accountability" in this folder.

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Updated Date: 24 May 2020, 06:33

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