Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus and thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,.”
China on Monday said that U.S. attempts to harm Chinese interests will be met with firm countermeasures, criticising Washington’s decision to end special treatment of Hong Kong as well as actions against Chinese students and companies.
The Chinese Communist Party and its leader, President Xi Jinping, emerged from their post-coronavirus political meetings this week with a clear message: Beijing’s bottom line is sovereignty, at any cost.
China officially has the broad power to quash unrest in Hong Kong, as the country’s legislature on Thursday nearly unanimously approved a plan to suppress subversion, secession, terrorism and seemingly any acts that might threaten national security in the semiautonomous city.
The Americas have emerged as the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a Tuesday briefing, as a U.S. study forecast deaths surging in Brazil and other Latin American countries through August.
The United States is pushing China to the brink of a “new Cold War,” China’s foreign minister said as officials in the world’s two largest economies continue trading barbs over each other’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.