Britain says China has questions to answer on coronavirus outbreak

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

The report specifically warned of worsening US-China relations, saying this will have the potential to go down to a level that could trigger a possible armed confrontation between the two nuclear-weapon states. However, this report demonstrates how seriously Beijing perceive a possible threat to its security and strategic investments overseas.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday had said that they had a conclusive report on China's role in the handling of the virus and its origin.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made contradictory statements earlier this week on whether he believes that the virus was "man-made" or not, but also accused China of misleading the world about the pandemic. The report argues that the United States seek to undermine the ruling China Communist parment, weakening the public confidence in her.

Earlier, the Chinese foreign Ministry in its statement urged the U.S.to cooperate, stressing that "healthy and steady development of Sino-us relations" will benefit not only both countries but the entire worldwide community.

The report cautioned that Washington could increase financial and military support for regional allies.

Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the US was to blame for its response.

In its statement, China's foreign ministry called for cooperation, saying, "the sound and steady development of China-US relations" serve the interests of both countries and the global community.

It added: "any words or actions that engage in political manipulation or stigmatization under the pretext of the pandemic, including taking the opportunity to sow discord between countries, are not conducive to worldwide cooperation against the pandemic".

Novikov's Message was a response to the "long telegram", American diplomat George Kennan from Moscow, which said that the Soviet Union sees no possibility of peaceful coexistence with the West and that deterrence is the best long-term strategy.

USA officials in a report published on May 1 had said that they believed that China had covered up the extent of the Covid-19 outbreak including how contagious the disease is to stock up on medical supplies that were required in order to respond to it citing intelligence documents.

China has been trying to assert a leading role in the global battle against COVID-19.

The deadly virus, which first showed signs in China's Wuhan city, has so far infected more than 3 million people globally and caused more than 2,00,000 deaths.

Trump has said he would cut off funding for the World Health Organisation (WHO), which he called "very China-centric", something the officials have denied.

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