We are not the enemy: China hits back at US after Trump and Pompeo ramp up coronavirus attacks

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China says it supports World Health Organisation efforts to investigate the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, and opposes attempts by the United States and some other countries to politicise the issue and attack Beijing.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, when asked about US President Donald Trump’s comments comparing the outbreak to Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks, said the enemy the United States faced was the coronavirus and not China.
The US has ramped up pressure on China to reveal details about the origins of COVID-19 outbreak, including patient zero, and pointed to Australia as one of a growing number of nations who “understand the risk of doing business with the Chinese Communist Party”.
A file photograph of Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Beijing. (AP)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it had been 128 days since Dr Ai Fen, director of China’s Wuhan Central Hospital emergency unit, shared information on the internet about a patient with a SARS-like virus.
He said if China had been transparent about the outbreak hundreds of thousands of lives and the world’s economy could have been spared.
“China is still refusing to share the information we need to keep people safe, such as viral isolates, clinical specimens, and details about the many COVID-19 patients in December 2019, not to mention ‘patient zero’,” Pompeo said.
Donald Trump is blaming China for the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more people in America than any other country.
Donald Trump. (AP)
He said the US needs reliable partners willing to share data in a timely way.

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He noted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s call for an independent investigation into the origin of the outbreak.
“As a result of China’s choices, countries are starting to understand the risk of doing business with the Chinese Communist Party and taking action to protect their people,” Pompeo said.
© AAP 2020