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China to US: 'Enough is Enough'

China to US: ‘Enough is Enough’

NEW YORK – China on Thursday slammed the United States for its criticism of the novel coronavirus, with Beijing’s envoy to a high-level United Nations meeting saying: “Enough is enough!”
Two days after US President Donald Trump used his annual address to the UN General Assembly to attack China’s record, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations also took an indignant tone – after which his Chinese counterpart protested palpable anger.
“I must say enough is enough! You have already created enough trouble for the world,” Chinese envoy Zhang Jun said at a Security Council meeting on global governance attended by several heads of state by video conference.
“The United States currently has nearly seven million confirmed cases and more than 200,000 deaths. With the most advanced technology and medical system in the world, why has the United States been found to have the most confirmed cases and deaths?” He asked in English.
“If anyone is to be held responsible, it should be a few American politicians themselves.”
Using a phrase often used by American leaders in China, Zhang said, “The United States must understand that significant power has to behave like a considerable power.
The United States “is completely isolated,” he said in remarks enthusiastically supported by his Russian counterpart.
His comments came after U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft opened with angry words that caught diplomats off guard.
“You know, shame on each of you. I am amazed and disgusted with the content of today’s discussion,” said Craft.
“I am truly ashamed of this Council – Council members who have taken this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the crucial issue at hand.”
Diplomats said they were puzzled by the tone of Craft, who had left when the Chinese ambassador spoke.
The machine was “very aggressive” after a session that had been “more or less full of consensus,” said a diplomat on condition of anonymity.
With world leaders invited to send speeches ahead of a virtual General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping was unable to respond to Trump on Tuesday and gave a moderate speech in which he unveiled more goals and ambitious campaign like climate change.
But General Assembly spokesman Brenden Varma said China asked to speak next Tuesday, the scheduled day for any nation to respond to the statements.
Trump, in his speech, demanded action against China for spreading the “scourge” of COVID-19 around the world.
Trump’s response to the pandemic – which he provocatively called the “Chinese virus” – has become a major political issue as he seeks a new term in the Nov. 3 election.
Chinese Communist leaders have more recently attempted to turn the narrative into one of the country’s success stories in stopping the virus.
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres had warned the Security Council that if the climate crisis was approached with “the same disunity and dismay” as COVID-19, then: “I fear the worst.”
Guterres said the coronavirus is out of control as the worldwide death toll approaches one million, while more than 30 million have been infected.
He accused “a lack of preparation, cooperation, unity and solidarity at the global level”.
“The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test that we have essentially failed,” he told the 15-member body.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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