COVID-19: Stop spreading lies about us - China warms US

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Last month, Missouri became the first USA state to sue the Chinese government over its handling of the pandemic, raging Beijing's response to the outbreak had inflicted a devastating economic loss on the state.

He said that while the coronavirus is still out there, what he calls a political virus is also spreading in the U.S. and jumping at any opportunity to attack China.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday blasted what he called efforts by U.S. politicians to "fabricate rumours" about the virus origin and "stigmatise China".

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have escalated as the virus has spread.

Wang did not identify what "forces" he was referring to, but US President Donald Trump has led world criticism of China's initial response to the pandemic, which has caused more than 330,000 deaths and economic carnage worldwide.

China and the United States also need to start coordinating macro policies for their respective economies as well as the world economy, he added. "In the battle against COVID-19, China and Africa have again stood by each other", Wang said on the sidelines of the third session of the 13th National Peoples Congress (NPC), the country's annual legislative session.

The new listings followed a similar October 2019 action when Commerce added 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies, including some of China's top artificial intelligence startups and video surveillance company Hikvision, to a US trade blacklist over the treatment of Uighur Muslims. "Aside from the devastation caused by the novel coronavirus, there is also a political virus spreading through the USA", he said. "It's time for the United States to give up its wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernization".

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"We will also continue to implement the healthcare initiative put forward at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, with a focus on spurring the construction of African Center for Disease Control and Prevention and upgrading public health service capability", he said.

Long-standing friction between the two powers over trade, human rights and a range of other issues have been pushed to new heights since the virus outbreak.

He noted that the two nations have to find a way for peaceful coexistence, adding, however, that the issue of Hong Kong is an internal Chinese affair, and foreign meddling is unacceptable.

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Wang also offered his strong support for the World Health Organization (WHO) and its chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, frequent targets of USA criticism.

He has threatened to permanently stop funding to the agency and urged it to reconsider the country's membership to it.

But Mr Wang told reporters on Sunday that China fully backed the organisation.

At the same time, the W.H.O. explicitly warned against travel restrictions for those coming from Wuhan or elsewhere in China, despite the fact that these restrictions could could have saved the lives of tens of thousands of people who have since succumbed to the deadly virus.

"This is the choice any country with a conscience should make".

China's President Xi Jinping has insisted such an investigation will not be allowed until the pandemic boils over.

What are the accusations against China?

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Last month, Missouri became the first U.S. state to sue the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus, saying China's response to the outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan brought devastating economic losses to the state. China has dismissed the idea.

When asked if he had seen evidence that would suggest the virus originated in the lab, Trump simply said: "Yes, I have." . He later appeared to step back, saying "we know it began in Wuhan, but we don't know from where or from whom".

United States officials are "hyping up the issue of origins, insinuating that the virus had something to do with the Wuhan Institute of Virology; it's not hard to see through their tricks which intend to muddy the waters, deflect attention and shift the blame to others", ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian underscored.

Wang said such lawsuits lacked any legal basis.

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