China mocks the US in coronavirus cartoon

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China’s state news agency Xinhua has released an animated video mocking the US over its coronavirus response.
The short clip, titled Once Upon a Virus, suggests China tried to warn the world multiple times about how dangerous COVID-19 was but the US failed to take the message seriously.
The video, which has been watched almost 1.5 million times on YouTube, features two Lego characters representing China and the US.
“We discovered a new virus,” a Lego figure dressed as a Terracotta Warrior announces at the beginning of the video.
“So what? It’s only a flu,” responds a Lego figure modelled on the Statue of Liberty.
“Wear a mask,” comes the next message from China, to which the US counters “don’t wear a mask”.
“Stay at home”, China says. “It’s violating human rights,” the US replies.

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When China points out the temporary hospitals it built in 10 days, the US calls them “concentration camps”.
When China says it is time to lockdown, the US replies, “How barbaric!”
The war of words continues, with the US calling China’s medical system backward, and declaring “it’ll magically go away in April,” when China warns them that the virus is airborne.
The video finishes with a feverish US Lego figure attached to a drip.
“Are you listening to yourselves?” asks China to which the US says, “We are always correct, even though we contradict ourselves.”
“That’s what I love about you Americans, your consistency,” says China.
The video comes as China faces increasingly scrutiny over the COVID-19 outbreak, which originated in Wuhan last December.
Earlier this week, it was reported that a US Department of Homeland Security investigation found the Chinese government had intentionally concealed the severity of the coronavirus from the international community while it stockpiled imports and decreased exports
Australia has called for an independent inquiry into the outbreak and the origins of the virus.