The United States and China, on Tuesday, clashed over the COVID-19 pandemic at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
President Donald Trump, in his pre-recorded video message, referred to coronavirus as “China virus”
“We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China. In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world.”
He said China condemned his travel ban on their country, but cancelled domestic flights and locked citizens at homes.
Trump insisted that China and the World Health Organisation (WHO) deliberately misled the world on COVID-19 mode of transmission.
He accused them of “falsely” declaring that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
“Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease. The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” Trump reiterated.
Responding, Chinese ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, declared that China would not be cowed by America’s “bully tactics.”
The envoy accused Trump of using the UNGA General Debate to spread his “political virus.”