Xi urges Trump to improve US-China ties amid coronavirus feud

Elias Hubbard
March 28, 2020

President Trump has ramped up calls to re-open the US economy in the face of a massive rise in unemployment claims.

China's Foreign Ministry was yet to release a statement on the conversation.

In what China has condemned as "stigmatizing" and "racist" attacks, Trump had lately been referring to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus".

In an attempt to fix strained relations between both counties over the virus, Xi told Trump that China "wishes to continue sharing all information and experience with the US" and that the relations between both countries had reached an "important juncture", said state broadcaster CCTV. "Much respect!" [sic]The telephonic conversation comes after the US President repeatedly branded the Coronavirus as "Chinese virus" and further justified it.

Chinese officials have also taken to Twitter to blame the U.S. for potentially bringing the coronavirus to the United States via its military, perpetuating a conspiracy theory that has been circulating online, without providing any evidence. That's a lot. Everybody keeps saying 'Oh, are you going to suspend the tariffs?' Well, the answer is no but President Xi [Jinping] never even brought it up last night.

Xi added that he hoped that the US-China relations would improve which will be "without conflict and confrontation" but based on "mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation".

Mayor de Blasio said on Good Morning America Friday, "when the President says the State of NY doesn't need 30,000 ventilators, with all due respect to him, he's not looking at the facts of this astronomical growth of this crisis".

After holding the phone talks with Xi, Trump tweeted that the two sides have "discussed in great detail" the coronavirus pandemic.

"China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the virus", Trump said.

Xi said China was committed to working with the worldwide community to overcome the pandemic.

Some provinces, cities and companies in China have provided medical supplies and support to the USA as well, Xi added, according to AFP.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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