America will powerfully support industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus,” the US President Donald Trump tweeted Monday night. American allies refer to the pandemic as the “Chinese coronavirus,” but it is in the tweet that Trump called it so for the first time.
The move has since been slammed by critics as racist and potentially inciting a backlash against the Asian-American community.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that “Our Asian-American communities — people YOU serve — are already suffering. They don’t need you fueling more bigotry,”. New York is the worst hit state by the virus in America.
U.S-Chinese came on the day that the World Health Organization reported more cases and deaths in the rest of the world than in China, where the new coronavirus virus was first detected in December last year.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a phone with top Chinese official Yang Jiechi, expressed Washington’s anger on Beijing for using official channels “to shift blame for COVID-19 America,” the State Department reported.
Pompeo emphasized on the need to stop spreading disinformation and outlandish rumors but to come together to fight this common threat.The State Department on Friday summoned the Chinese ambassador, Cui Tiankai, to denounce Beijing’s promotion of a conspiracy theory that had gained wide attention on social media.
Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian last week tweeted that in both Mandarin and English, suggested that “patient zero” in the global pandemic must have come from the United States and not the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan.”It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation,” Zhao tweeted. He is known for his provocative statements on social media.
Scientist suspect that the virus came to humans a t a meat market in Wuhan that slaughtered exotic animals.
Mike Pompeo has repeatedly linked China to the pandemic by referring to SARS -CoV2 as the Wuhan virus against advice from health professionals that such kinds of geographical labeling would result to a stigma.
Chinese officials claim that US politicians have frequently slandered China and urged US to immediately correct its wrongful behavior and stop making wrongful accusations against China.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus is now coming under control in China. Since it broke out it has killed more than 7,000 people around the world and severely disrupted lives around the world.
The pandemic has come during wide-ranging tensions between America and China on issues from trade, human rights to Chinese plots to build up a stronger military.