Donald Trump has long downplayed the corona pandemic. At the UN General Assembly, the US president spoke of a bitter struggle – and especially made serious allegations against China.

During the United Nations general debate, US President Donald Trump made serious allegations against China for the global spread of the coronavirus. China then went against the criticism.

Trump said in his video message to the UN General Assembly, “We must hold responsible the nation that unleashed this scourge on the world – China.” The Beijing government has not stopped the global spread of the “Chinese virus”.

“We will distribute a vaccine”

“The Chinese government and the World Health Organization – which is practically controlled by China – have falsely stated that there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” said the US president. He said, “The United Nations must hold China accountable for its actions.”

Trump continued, “75 years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a major global battle. We have fought fiercely against the invisible enemy – the China virus – in 188 countries. has claimed countless lives. “

In the United States, the pandemic triggered the greatest mobilization since World War II. Trump announced, “We are going to distribute a vaccine, we are going to beat the virus, we are going to end the pandemic and we are entering a new era of unprecedented prosperity, cooperation and peace.”

China opposes criticism

In the aftermath of the pandemic, most speakers at the UN General Assembly have a video message, which is why China’s head of state Xi Jinping was unable to comment directly on Trump’s allegations. But before Xi’s video was shown, Chinese diplomat Zhang Jun said, “The virus should not be used politically.”

The Chinese head of state Xi also rejected the allegations. “All attempts at politicization or branding should be avoided,” the Chinese president said in his videotaped speech.

Xi Jinping, President of China, speaks during a pre-recorded video message to mark the start of the general debate of the 75th UN General Assembly. Due to the corona pandemic, most of the debate will take place online this year. (Source: dpa)

Rather, the world should show solidarity in the fight against the pandemic. “Covid-19 is a reminder that we live in an interconnected global village with common interests.” The Chinese president expressed confidence that the pandemic could be contained. “We will win the battle.” He claimed that China has “made great efforts to stop the spread of the virus.”

He also argued for the cohesion of the multilateral trading system. Everyone must work together to ensure that global supply chains function smoothly. “We must speak out against unilateralism and protectionism,” said Xi Jinping, without directly naming the US or Trump.

About 200,000 US civilians died from infection

According to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, about 200,000 people have died after being infected with the virus since the outbreak of the corona pandemic in the United States. In addition, there were more than 6.8 million confirmed infections with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen in the US.

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the 75th general debate of the UN General Assembly will largely take place this year. The representatives of all 193 member states – including more than 150 heads of state or government – do not speak at the UN headquarters in New York as usual, but via pre-recorded video speeches. In the auditorium, each country is represented by only one local diplomat. Germany will probably not be represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD) until the last day of the general debate, September 29.

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