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Politics Outgoing ambassador to China slams Beijing over coronavirus: 'Could have been contained in Wuhan'

02:35  20 september  2020
02:35  20 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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  Terry Branstad: Outgoing US ambassador to China blames Beijing for coronavirus as he heads home to help Trump The outgoing United States Ambassador to China has denounced Beijing's initial handling of the coronavirus, saying that "what could have been contained in Wuhan ended up becoming a worldwide pandemic."Speaking to CNN in Beijing on Friday, Terry Branstad, a former longtime Iowa governor, agreed with President Donald Trump that China was to blame for the pandemic, adding that the "Chinese system was such that they covered it up and even penalized the doctors who pointed it out at the beginning.

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Terry Branstad wearing a suit and tie: Outgoing ambassador to China slams Beijing over coronavirus: 'Could have been contained in Wuhan' © The Hill Outgoing ambassador to China slams Beijing over coronavirus: 'Could have been contained in Wuhan'

Branstad echoed criticisms made by President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who are calling for accountability from Beijing for what they consider downplaying the virus early on.

He said that "what could have been contained in Wuhan ended up becoming a worldwide pandemic."

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"[The] Chinese system was such that they covered it up and even penalized the doctors who pointed it out at the beginning," Branstad said.

"It's really, I think, the communist system of China and their unwillingness to admit wrongdoing. That caused this whole thing to happen. And that's the tragedy of it," he added.

Branstad, a former Iowa governor who has served as ambassador to China since 2017, announced this week that he will be returning from the country in October.

His departure comes amid rising tension between Beijing and Washington over the coronavirus pandemic and other issues, including trade and the Chinese-owned app TikTok.


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