The US and China staged an ugly verbal war over coronavirus

For many years, it has become abundantly clear that the US and China dislike each other. However, the pandemic coronavirus has opened brand new opportunities for officials from both sides, those making slanderous or even racist statements.

Monday, March 16, U.S. President Donald trump wrote on Twitter that the United States will help industry, which has particularly affected the “Chinese virus”, although he had previously called coronavirus “alien virus”. Now the US President first used the phrase, clearly emphasizing the geographic origin of the outbreak that the who recommends not to do to avoid the stigmatization of places or people.

In the early days of flash, many have called this disease a “virus Wuhan”, while the official name of the coronavirus — SARS-CoV-2, and it causes a disease — COVID-19.

trump’s Tweet was quickly criticized by many people, including the democratic Congressman Ted Liu. “Asian Americans may face greater discrimination because of your tweet. Please stop this unnecessary rhetoric. #COVID19 now the U.S. the virus, the Italian virus, Spanish virus. He touched all of us. And we need to work together,” wrote Liu.

When began the spread of the virus in Europe and the United States, people of Asian origin began to report that stigmatized, attacked and beaten for wearing a face mask.

China on its part is trying to hide the truth about the origin, coronavirus and wreak havoc, as the US is trying to cope — or not cope — with the outbreak in the country.

trump’s Tweet was published on the same day when Secretary of state Mike Pompeo had a telephone conversation with the chief Chinese diplomat Zhang Jiechi. Pompeo noted that “the United States strongly objected” against the attempts of China to “shift the blame” for this virus in the United States. He also told Zhang that now is not the time “to spread misinformation and unsubstantiated rumors”. Zhang has made “harsh objections” against US attempts “to tarnish China’s efforts” to contain the virus, according to the CGTN.

the Exchange of phrases between Pompeo and Jiechi was in response to a series of messages about the plot, which last week published Zhao Lijiang, the official representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China. Zhao said that the virus could be distributed by the U.S. army, which participated in the World military games, held in Wuhan in October last year. He also shared articles, the canadian conspiracy site Global Research, which offered the theory that the virus originated in the United States.

Tweets Zhao forced the United States to call Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to Washington, and give it a “very restrictive view” on the position of the US government on this issue. Tsui has taken a “very defensive” in this issue according to the state Department. China considers the call “unfounded”, said another representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China — Geng Shuang. Previously, Geng said that he did not intend to comment on the tweets of his colleagues, adding that “the international community holds different opinions” regarding the origin of the virus.

on Tuesday, in response to trump’s tweet, Geng said the United States should focus on the priority problems and “stop pointing fingers at China”.

According to observers, the verbal battles between China and the US could escalate into a much larger wave of anti-Chinese sentiment around the world.

China is Now gradually returning to the usual mode of life after the introduction of quarantines and other strict measures at the end of January, and the rest of the world is just beginning to experience fear and economic turmoil on the background of the pandemic. This week cases of infection and death from the virus in other countriesx surpassed the number of infection cases in China. Because the virus is affecting a growing number of people worldwide can grow resentment against Beijing in response to the silence on the outbreak in the first days and his alleged responsibility for what could turn into the biggest economic shock over the past decade, says bill Bishop, author of Sinocism China Newsletter.

“I am increasingly convinced that anti-Chinese sentiments in the world develop into quite an ugly phenomenon, going far beyond the places where they have already been distributed,” wrote the Bishop.