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China has accused the USA for pushing relations with it to the brink o...

  Jun 19, 2020

China has accused the USA for pushing relations with it to the brink of a new Cold War. Do you agree? Examine.

  1. As the tensions between US and China worsens, over the pandemic and a Beijing move to tighten control over Hong Kong, China has said that the United States had been infected by a “political virus” compelling it to continually attack China 
  2. As per China, these events are taking China-U.S. relations hostage and pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War.
  3. Long-standing friction between the two powers over trade, human rights and a range of other issues have been pushed to new heights since the virus outbreak.
  4. China argues that the Washington’s criticism has been widely seen as an attempt by Mr. Trump to divert attention from the White House’s own COVID-19 failures.
  5. China says that it was open to international scientific cooperation to identify the source of the novel coronavirus, but stressed that any investigation must be free of political interference, based on science and led by the World Health Organization.
  6. Governments including the U.S. and Australia have called in recent weeks for an investigation into the exact origins of the virus.
  7. China has proposed instead that the global response to COVID-19 should only be assessed when the pandemic is over. 
  8. China says that aside from the devastation caused by the novel coronavirus, there is also a political virus spreading through the U.S. and the USA is using this political virus in every opportunity to attack and smear China. 
  9. Also, the introduction at China’s legislature on Friday of a proposal to impose a security law in Hong Kong to suppress the semi-autonomous city’s pro-democracy movement also has drawn U.S. and world condemnation.
  10. China defends the plan, saying it must be implemented without the slightest delay, adding that months of often-violent Hong Kong protests last year against China’s growing influence in the financial hub had seriously endangered China’s national security.