China’s foreign ministry on Tuesday accused the United States of”lying through their teeth” and proposed that the national mind its own company as the war of words between the planet’s two most significant economic forces escalated.
“We advise American leaders to reflect on their problems and try their very best to control [coronavirus] outbreak as soon as possible rather than continuing to perform tricks to divert blame,” spokesman Geng Shuang said.
The remarks came on the heels of President Trump, indicating in a press conference on Monday that the U.S. will be trying”substantial” compensation for China’s management of the international pandemic.
“We aren’t happy with China,” Trump said. “We are not happy with this whole situation because we think it could have been stopped at the origin. It might have been stopped fast, and it would not have spread all over the world.”
He added the USA is thinking of several options to”hold them liable.”
When asked about a recent editorial from the German newspaper Bild that published a mockup of a $162 billion invoice to China for economic compensation, Trump replied, “Germany’s looking at things, and we’re looking at matters, and we’re talking about much more cash than Germany’s talking about.”
Trump that has been criticized for downplaying the virus has mostly led the charge against China.
Australia has been on the receiving end of the spiral of Beijing. China’s ambassador to Australia warned that the government’s call for an independent global inquiry into the origins of the pandemic could result in a boycott of Australian products.
“Maybe the ordinary men and women will say, ‘Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef? ‘” Ambassador Chen Jingye threatened, ” The Australian Financial Review reported.
Australian’s foreign ministry Marise Payne hit back, dismissing China’s effort at”economic coercion.”
That didn’t sit well with China, which prompted Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, to converse: “Let me give coercion’ into Australia. As its attitude toward China becomes worse and worse, Chinese companies will reduce alliance with Australia, and also the number of traffic likely to Australia & Chinese students will reduce. Time will prove it all.”