Despite the outrage from Beijing, US President Donald Trump insists on calling the new corona virus the “Chinese virus”. “It came from China. That’s why I think the term is very precise,” Trump said at a press conference in the White House on Tuesday. Chinas stigmatization does not mean that. Rather, Beijing stigmatized the US with the false claim that the virus was brought to China by the US Army.
Trump had described the virus, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in a Twitter message as “Chinese virus”. The Chinese government responded to the tweet with “outrage”. Linking the virus to China is a “kind of stigma,” said a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already spoken of the “Wuhan virus”.
The corona virus crisis has created new tensions between rivals China and the United States. The US entry restrictions for Chinese people at the beginning of the epidemic in the People’s Republic had already caused anger in Beijing. Later, a spokesman for the Chinese State Department then spread the conspiracy theory that the virus may have been “brought to Wuhan by the US military.”
“China has spread information that was wrong,” Trump said on Tuesday. “I didn’t appreciate China saying that our armed forces gave it (the virus) to them.”
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