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US and China’s Blame Game Over Coronavirus

On Monday, the US and China each requested that the others avoid smearing their image over the novel coronavirus as US President Donald Trump called the pathogen the “Chinese Virus.”

The pandemic had previously been referred to by Trump’s allies as the “Chinese coronavirus,” but the tweet is the first time the president states it himself. Critics blasted the move, claiming racism and possibly causing a backlash on the Asian-American community.

The conflict came from the day the World Health Organization said it had registered more cases and deaths in the rest of the globe than in China, where the latest coronavirus virus was first identified late last year. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed frustration with top Chinese official Yang Jiechi in a telephone call he initiated.

Chinese ambassador Cui Tiankai was summoned by the State Department on Friday. It is to condemn Beijing’s promotion of a conspiracy that had attracted widespread attention on social media. A spokesman for the foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian, indicated in tweets last week in both Mandarin and English that “patient zero” in the global pandemic could have originated from the United States— not the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan.

COVID Compared with SARS

Scientists believe the virus first emerges to humans at a meat market in Wuhan where wild animals butcher. Pompeo himself has tried to connect China to the global pandemic. They frequently refer to SARS-CoV-2 as the “Wuhan virus.”

Also, ignoring health professionals ‘ warnings that such regional labels may be stigmatized.

President Donald Trump’s treatment of the pandemic is under fire. His supporters have tried to portray the coronavirus as an epidemic brought by foreigners.

Although COVID-19— the virus-caused disease— has come mainly under surveillance in China. It has killed more than 7,000 people worldwide and seriously disrupted everyday life in Western countries. The pandemic occurs of wide-ranging disputes between the U.S. and China. This is over topics ranging from trade and civil rights and military expansion in Beijing.

 

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