US News UN: Trump demands accountability from China, which advocates cooperation

23:40  22 september  2020
23:40  22 september  2020 Source:   bfmtv.com

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UN-ASSEMBLY: UN: Trump demands accountability from China, which advocates cooperation


UNITED NATIONS COOPERATION (Reuters) - China must be held to account for letting the "scourge" of the coronavirus "spread around the world," Donald Trump said on Tuesday, in a speech delivered from a distance to the 'UN General Assembly.

More conciliatory, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, for his part, pleaded for a strengthening of cooperation, while affirming that no state could impose its decisions on others.

The President of the United States, who will seek a new term on November 3, devoted most of his speech to China, criticizing in particular his government for letting people leave the country at the start of the epidemic.

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"We must hold the nation that let this scourge spread around the world, namely China, responsible," he said, according to a transcript of the speech that was recorded Monday at the White House.

"The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is virtually under Chinese control, wrongly claimed that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. They then falsely claimed that people without symptoms would not spread the disease (...) The United Nations must hold China responsible for these acts ", he insisted, before adding:" We will defeat the virus and we will end the pandemic. "

China "resolutely refutes the baseless accusations made against it", declared the Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, in preamble to Xi Jinping's speech. "The world is at a crossroads. Right now, the world needs more solidarity and cooperation than confrontation," he added.

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The Chinese Head of State pleaded for global coordination and for a strengthening of the role of the WHO, with which Donald Trump has promised to break.

"In the face of the virus, we must strengthen solidarity and overcome this together. We must follow the teachings of science, let the World Health Organization fully play its leading role and provide a joint international response to overcome this pandemic . Any attempt to politicize the problem or to stigmatize it must be rejected. "

"No country has the right to rule world affairs, to control the fate of others, or to retain the benefits of development for itself. Still less should it be allowed to act as it pleases, to play a role. hegemonic or pretending to be the master of the world. Unilateralism is a dead end, "he added.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the UN, had previously expressed concern over the deterioration of Sino-American relations.

"We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War (...) Our world cannot afford to allow a rift to grow between the two greatest economic powers, each with its own trade and financial rules, as well as its own digital and artificial intelligence capabilities.

"A technological and economic divide inevitably risks turning into a geostrategic and military divide. We must avoid it at all costs ", he concluded.

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