US President Donald Trump is not apologetic about his use of the term “China virus” to refer to COVID-19 at all. On Tuesday, the president said he used the term on purpose to settle scores with China that floated a conspiracy theory that the American military was to blame for the global pandemic.
“I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody,” Trump said.
During today’s White House press briefing, the president said, “China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them. That was false. And rather than having an argument, I said I had to call it where it came from. It did come from China. So, I think it’s a very accurate term.”
When a journalist said the president was “stigmatising” a nation, Trump cut him short, saying, “I don’t think so. I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma.”
Beijing sacks three journalists to avenge remark of Trump
China has expelled three American journalists from the country, escalating the ongoing tension between the two big powers. China’s foreign ministry ordered reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal to return their media passes within 10 days.
China took the step immediately after US President Trump referred to the coronavirus the “China virus“. This is the most stringent action taken by China on foreign media in the last few years. Earlier, a senior official in Beijing had claimed an American conspiracy behind the Corona crisis.
To get to the truth as to who began the smear campaign, CNN installed a “case tracker” and found that “parts of Chinese social media, and even the country’s government, appear to have launched a concerted campaign to question the origin of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 170,000 people globally as of Tuesday midday.”
Americans forced us to retaliate: China
China said in a statement that the expelled journalists would not be allowed to work anymore in any part of the country, including Hong Kong and Macao. In addition, China has asked Voice of America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Time magazine to provide written information about its employees, properties, workings and real estate properties in China.
The US had recently applied similar rules to the propagandist-communist Chinese state media.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they had been forced to take this step in return for America’s action against Chinese “media institutions”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked China to reconsider the move.
Allegations against China
China, which now wants the world to appreciate the declining number of COVID-19 cases in Wuhan and other cities, has been accused by credible institutions, political leaders, exiled citizens and its own doctors of suppressing and even creating the deadly virus strain, beginning a month since the outbreak.
The allegations turn damning as, at least on three occasions, the source of allegations was Chinese, where the information leaked was promptly removed from the world-wide-web and the raised voices muzzled.
Following are the reports Sirf News has carried so far.