World China says US has 'created enough troubles for the world' as UN spat continues

05:20  25 september  2020
05:20  25 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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a man wearing a suit and tie: China's Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun speaks during a virutal session of the UN Security Council on Thursday, September 24. © UNTV China's Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun speaks during a virutal session of the UN Security Council on Thursday, September 24.

China's Ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that the US has "created enough troubles for the world already" as the two nations continued to spar over the coronavirus pandemic during a tense meeting of the UN Security Council.

US Representative to the UN Kelly Craft criticized China over what she said was a "decision to hide the origins of this virus, minimize its danger, and suppress scientific cooperation." Craft claimed Beijing's actions "transformed a local epidemic into a global pandemic."

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China's Zhang Jun swiftly rejected Craft's characterization of events.

"I must say, enough is enough. You have created enough troubles for the world already," Zhang said.

"Regrettably, we have once again heard noises from the US that are so at odds with the atmosphere of the meeting."

Zhang added that Beijing rejected the "baseless" accusations.

The spat came two days after US President Donald Trump used much of his pre-recorded video address to the General Assembly to blame China for the Covid-19 pandemic and for withholding information about the virus.

On Tuesday, Trump accused Beijing of "allowing flights to leave China and infect the world" and referred to Covid-19 as the "China virus" on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Zhang said the US had only itself to blame. Since January, the US has diagnosed more than 6 million coronavirus cases in its population, and lost more than 200,000 lives to the illness.

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Countries around the world have gone into lockdown or imposed severe curbs. The UK is getting to grips The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the pandemic is accelerating, with Official government figures say there have been 78 new cases reported on the Chinese mainland in

Wuhan, China , had been sealed off since late January in an effort to limit the coronavirus outbreak’s spread. The city’s recovery could dictate how other places move forward.CreditCredit Roman Pilipey/EPA, via Shutterstock. The epidemic, they said , had been a “total disaster” for the industry.

The Russian representative at the Thursday session also criticized Craft's accusations.

"We regret the fact that the representative of the United States chose this meeting and the platform of the UN Security Council to make unfounded accusation against one of the members of the Security Council," said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

Covid-19 has loomed heavily over this year's summit, which was forced online due to the pandemic and the 14-day quarantine regulations in New York City.

UN Secretary General António Guterres has repeatedly pleaded for unity between member states and warned on Thursday that the relationship between the US and China was moving "in a very dangerous direction."

Thursday's Security Council meeting was held virtually.

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With China flexing its muscles like never before, Donald Trump and Joe Biden try to convince voters that their policies will be better for trade, technology and human rights. They also promise to lessen US dependence on Beijing, a campaign pledge that may prove difficult to fulfill.Chinese President Xi Jinping and then-Vice President Joe Biden raise their glasses in a toast during a luncheon at the State Department, in Washington, Sept. 25, 2015.

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