China: Trump 'spreading political virus' at United Nations


The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year.

"As we pursue this bright future, we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China".

The president ripped into China for not halting outbound flights at the outset of the coronavirus outbreak, saying it infected the world.

And he said "the Chinese government, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) - which is virtually controlled by China - falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission".

Such remarks, while not naming U.S. President Donald Trump, are highly critical of him and his "America First" philosophy, which goes against China's public stance on how diplomacy should be managed. "They only want to punish America - and I will not stand for it", said Trump. But only when you take care of your own citizens will you find a true basis for cooperation.

Trump's speech should be seen within the context of an upcoming United States presidential election, set for November 3, said Walker. "These groundbreaking peace deals are the dawn of the new Middle East", he said. By taking a different approach, we have achieved different outcomes - far superior outcomes.

"China will scale up its intended Nationally Determined Contributions (to the Paris agreement) by adopting more vigorous policies and measures", Xi said, urging all countries to pursue a "green recovery of the world economy in the post-Covid era". They "will be provided to other developing countries and on a priority basis", he said.

"No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself", Xi said. Mr Trump has previously said he has seen evidence suggesting that the virus came from a laboratory in China, a theory that has been largely debunked by the worldwide scientific community and refuted by his own intelligence agencies. Let this be clear: "The world will never return to isolation".

Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier said in June that Germany would not sever ties after China introduced its controversial Hong Kong security bill. We should not dodge the challenges of economic globalization. "Together, we can make the world a better place for everyone".

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Mr Xi outlined the steps when speaking via videolink to the UN General Assembly in NY.

China's relations with the USA and Europe have deteriorated rapidly this year over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, as well as the controversial security law imposed on Hong Kong in June.

A day after the summit, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters the country was "willing to contribute more and we are now considering a mid-century long-term vision for climate change, including such issues as the peaking of CO2 emissions and carbon neutrality".

Xi, in prepared remarks released before a meeting to commemorate the 75th United Nations anniversary, took veiled but unmistakable aim at Washington. "Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world".

Calling for a "green revolution", Xi said the coronavirus pandemic had shown the need to preserve the environment.

Xi will also likely be appreciated at the countries looking for investment and debt relief under China's massive Belt and Road infrastructure initiative and by states such as Russian Federation.

The U.S. had a much lower-profile presence at the meeting.

The American president, a frequent critic of the United Nations, said if the organisation is to be effective it must focus on "the real problems of the world" such as "terrorism, the oppression of women, forced labour, drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities".