Beijing’s state media has blasted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as ‘an enemy to world peace’ after he warned that China will ‘pay a price for what they did’ over the country’s coronavirus cover-up.
State-run Global Times responded to Pompeo’s remarks yesterday by suggesting that Pompeo ‘is poisoning US diplomacy with his personal hatred of the Chinese political system.’
The comment came after Pompeo declared on Thursday that Americans are angry over China ‘s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that the country caused an ‘enormous amount of pain’ by ‘not sharing the information they had.’
The news comes as Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began in December, yesterday discharged its last COVID-19 patient, health officials said.
The picture taken on March 24 shows staff members lining up as they prepare to spray disinfectant at Wuhan Railway Station before the city lifted its lockdown
Beijing’s state media has blasted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ‘an enemy to world peace’ after he boasted that China will ‘pay a price for what they did’ over the country’s coronavirus cover-up during an interview with FOX
The Chinese state media outlet wrote in an opinion article on Sunday: ‘Despite being the chief diplomat of the US, he totally betrayed the basic responsibility with which he is entrusted to promote international understanding. He has become the enemy of world peace.’
Pompeo made his claims while speaking on Fox News Thursday, asserting that President Donald Trump also blamed China for the global pandemic.
‘China caused an enormous amount of pain, loss of life and now a huge challenge for the global economy and the American economy as well by not sharing the information they had,’ Pompeo said.
Pompeo declared on Thursday that Americans are angry over China ‘s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that the country caused an ‘enormous amount of pain’ by ‘not sharing the information they had.’ FILE: Chinese President Xi Jinping at 2018 APEC forum
Pompeo continued by expressing worry that there was a lot that the Chinese government had not disclosed about its handling of COVID-19 outbreak. The picture shows a patient who recovered from the coronavirus donating blood in Wuhan on February 18
The US official continued by expressing worry that there was a lot that the Chinese government had not disclosed about its handling of COVID-19 outbreak.
‘I’m still concerned there are things we don’t know. We don’t know the history, and we haven’t been able to get our team on the ground to do the work it needs to do,’ Pompeo said.
‘This is an ongoing challenge in that the Chinese Communist Party and the World Health Organization have failed to do the things they have the responsibility to do when they have a pandemic inside of their country.’
Pompeo warned that China will ‘pay a price for what they did’ and said that the administration was working towards tackling the virus after its delayed response.
‘[Americans] know this is a result of the virus that originated in Wuhan, China, and they know the Chinese government didn’t do the things it needed to do,’ he claimed.
In an opinion column published on Sunday, Global Times commented on Pompeo’s remarks and slammed him as ‘an enemy to world peace’.
‘He is playing with fire, making the 21st century an era of major power confrontation and undermining the foundations for peace,’ the paper asserted.
‘Geopolitics cannot dominate the world anymore. Pompeo and his like are desperately pulling the world backwards. They are unable to handle a diverse and complicated new century and so they attempt to resume the Cold War. They can only ‘realize their ambition’ in polarized confrontation.’
In an opinion column published on Sunday, Global Times commented on Pompeo’s remarks and slammed him as ‘an enemy to world peace’. The picture shows a worker wears a face mask with a sticker of the Chinese flag at the Tianhe Airport in Wuhan after it reopened on April 8
Pompeo made his remarks while speaking on ‘ Hannity ‘ Thursday, making the assertion that President Donald Trump also blamed China for COVID-19
The state media also called the US official ‘delusional’ and ‘foolish’ by attempting to ‘drive a wedge’ between the Communist Party and Chinese people.
‘Under the leadership of the CPC, China quickly controlled the epidemic after the outbreak, while the Chinese people witnessed the US medical system collapsed with a climbing death toll that meant a much higher cost in lives than China,’ Global Times said.
‘Lies may fulfill Pompeo’s personal ambition, but they will never accomplish the US dreams to be ‘great again.’ Pompeo is not only a figure harmful to world peace, but also should be listed as the worst US secretary of state in its history,’ the state media concluded.
Pompeo boasted that China will ‘pay a price for what they did’ and said that the administration was working towards tackling the virus after its delayed response. Firefighters and paramedics assist a potential COVID-19 patient onto the stretcher on April 25 in Maryland
Pompeo has also told his Southeast Asian counterparts that China is taking advantage of the world´s preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic to push its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.
‘Beijing has moved to take advantage of the distraction, from China‘s new unilateral announcement of administrative districts over disputed islands and maritime areas in the South China Sea, its sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel earlier this month, and its ‘research stations’ on Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef,’ Pompeo said in a meeting Thursday via video to discuss the outbreak with the foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Pompeo also accused China of deploying militarized ships to intimidate other claimant countries from developing offshore gas and oil projects.
China is facing a public relations catastrophe after the anger is growing globally at the country’s apparent cover-up over the true scale of its coronavirus epidemic.
World leaders including President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne have expressed concerns over Beijing’s transparency amid the outbreak.
Tensions between the US and China have heightened during the pandemic as politicians from both countries fire at each other with conspiracy theories about the origins of COVID-19.
The state of Missouri has filed a lawsuit against the Chinese government over the coronavirus crisis on April 21, claiming that China’s officials are to blame for the devastating outbreak that’s sweeping the globe.
China has blasted the lawsuit ‘ridiculous’ and ‘malicious’, asserting that Missouri’s accusation against China ‘has absolutely no facts or lawful evidence’.
Wuhan discharges its last coronavirus patient
The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, now has no remaining cases in its hospitals, health officials said yesterday.
But the country remains on alert for a second possible wave, with Beijing reimposing some of its lockdown measures and other cities seeing new quarantines.
Wuhan and the province of Hubei were put in lockdown near the end of January, with roads sealed, trains and planes cancelled and residents unable to move freely for more than two months.
A woman who has recovered coronavirus is disinfected as she arrives at a hotel for a 14-day quarantine after being discharged from a hospital in Wuhan
The city is still testing residents regularly despite relaxing most restrictions.
The city had reported 46,452 cases, 56 per cent of the national total. It saw 3,869 fatalities, or 84 per cent of China’s reported, yet disputed, total.
National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng announced: ‘The number of new coronavirus patients in Wuhan was at zero, thanks to the joint efforts of Wuhan and medical staff from around the country.’
The focus has since shifted to the northeast border province of Heilongjiang, which has seen large numbers of imported coronavirus cases entering from Russia.
The border town of Suifenhe, with its 70,000 population, went into lockdown at the start of the month while nearby Harbin, home to 10 million, has become the new battlefront.
And 1,000 miles away in Beijing, the authorities opened gyms and swimming pools only to quickly close them again to prevent any spread.
The district of Chaoyang is home to many expats and international offices and was put down into quarantine measures after travellers began to return, infecting Beijing locals who had stayed at home.
There were no signs of any worry yesterday as people packed into a flower market in Suzhou city, in east China’s Jiangsu province.