China Exposed Itself To The World, Yet Xi Jinping Lied To The UN

US-China tensions take centre stage at United Nations as Trump accuses Beijing of unleashing ‘plague’ and Jinping addresses the General Assembly.

Jessica David

September 23, 2020

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China’s President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting “either a cold war or a hot war with any country.” US President Donald Trump told the UNGA on Tuesday (September 22) that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse Trump of “lies” and abusing the UN platform to provoke confrontation between disputing countries.

But China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun rejected Trump’s accusations against China as “baseless” and said that “lies repeated a thousand times are still lies.” Trump and Jinping – leaders of the world’s two largest economies, laid out competing visions at a time when their relations have plunged to their worst level in decades, with Coronavirus tensions aggravating trade and technology disputes. Trump accused Beijing of allowing people to leave China in the early stages of the outbreak to infect the world while shutting down domestic travel.

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