Foreign minister for China has levelled accusation on US government over what he described as the spreading of “conspiracies and lies” about the coronavirus which has sparked tensions between the two nations.
The US has been infected by a “political virus” that compels some politicians to repeatedly attack China, Wang Yi told newsmen on Sunday.
The minister strongly urged the US to “stop wasting time and stop wasting precious lives” in its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
President Donald Trump, who faces re-election this year and has been chastised over how he is handling the pandemic, has blamed China for trying to cover up the outbreak.
But on Sunday, Mr Wang repeated China’s assertions that it had acted responsibly to safeguard global public health since the virus first emerged in December.
Mr Wang spoke at an annual news conference during China’s parliamentary session, that “some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage”.
Though wasn’t specific as to what those forces were, he said they were trying to “push our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War”.