US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Donald Trump continues to stand his ground: China is to blame for the spread of coronavirus. “Coronavirus, a very bad” gift “from China, is walking all over the world,” Trump said.
Got from Trump and the World Health Organization, which, in his opinion, is struggling poorly with the coronavirus pandemic. The American president put forward an ultimatum to WHO and demanded that reforms be carried out within 30 days. Otherwise, he promised to stop financing the organization.
But for 30 days, Trump could not endure. He lasted only a week and accused WHO of being “completely controlled by China,” and announced the US withdrawal from the organization.
At the same time, Trump announced the imposition of sanctions against Hong Kong, limited the entry of scientists from China into the United States and promised to take measures against Chinese companies trading on the American stock exchange.
Here it is – Chinese caution. This is the third test in a week. Without a negative conclusion, they will not be allowed to attend any meetings, especially with the participation of senior management. A line of foreign journalists is waiting for historical personnel. Closing of the session of the All-China Assembly, where the agenda is to save the country from the epidemic and its economic consequences. And this is not only about coronavirus.
“We decided to create a mechanism to protect China’s sovereignty, security and interests in a special region of Hong Kong. This will ensure further development on the principle of” one country – two systems,” said Li Zhanshu, chairman of the standing committee of the All-China People’s Representatives.
This principle, according to which mainland China and Hong Kong have been living for 23 years, the central authorities are responsible only for foreign policy and defense, for the rest, the former British colony has full autonomy – Beijing promises to preserve.
But in Washington, the bill was instantly called anti-democratic. “I instruct my administration to begin the process of eliminating the policy of benefits that give Hong Kong a special treatment,” said Donald Trump.
Encouraged by such support – and before Trump, both Secretary of State Pompeo and Congress with the Senate expressed their readiness to review Hong Kong’s status – rioters again took to the streets of Hong Kong. Like the whole of last year – a pause was taken only during quarantine – with American flags at the ready they rushed to smash windows and metro stations, beat those who still tried to calm them down. The police had to use tear gas.
And the West immediately waved a finger: here it is – proof of the inhumanity of Beijing and its entire repressive machine. The Chinese press responded with footage from Minneapolis .
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives called the violent protests in Hong Kong “a wonderful sight.” Now the “beautiful sight” extends from Hong Kong to more than a dozen US states. The short question is: should the Chinese government make a statement in support of the protests of African Americans and the lower classes of American society?
So the activists in Hong Kong went to the American consulate. They demand to leave autonomy alone. But Trump, who was portrayed here as a seriously ill patient, remained adamant. He writes a single word on Twitter – China – and continues at a press conference: “China is to blame.”
“The world is now suffering as a result of the unlawful actions of the Chinese government. China’s cover-up of the virus in Wuhan has allowed the disease to spread worldwide, triggering a global pandemic that claimed more than 100,000 Americans and more than a million lives around the world,” Trump said.
China has already heard all this more than once. And the accusations of allegedly hushing up information about the virus and bribing WHO officials – with the Trump organization, also breaks off relations and stops funding – and that China, they say, is struggling to steal the American vaccine. Moreover, the owner of the White House enrolled Chinese students in technology hunters – the FBI will now check them.
All this in China is considered a continuation of the trade war. Although at the beginning of the year it seemed: Beijing and Washington were able to agree. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang still hopes for American prudence. “Bilateral trade and economic relations have come a long and difficult way, and both sides have benefited greatly from this. The economies of China and the United States are closely intertwined, and the enterprises of the two countries need each other,” he stressed.
But Trump is so struck by the anti-Chinese virus that he is ready to act even to the detriment of American interests, which will suffer no less after hitting Hong Kong. And Trump’s American business has already warned. Indeed, the revision of the status of “autonomy” of the global financial center is a cessation of special economic conditions. And Beijing was primarily interested in the financial stability of Hong Kong. For this, he is developing a security law.
“Last year, we witnessed unprecedented incidents in Hong Kong that virtually stopped all business operations. All walks of life suffered from this,” said Dennis Wang-Pun, president of the Hong Kong Manufacturers Association.
“The rioters continued to cause damage by blocking roads and knocking down pedestrians. Tourists are afraid to come to Hong Kong. We feel helpless. Taking this decision will allow Hong Kong to develop in a stable and peaceful environment in the long term,” said one of the Hong Kong developers.
Just in this, Washington is not interested. Therefore, the accusations of oppression of the Uighurs, and the discussion of Tibet’s independence, and flirting with the separatists of Taiwan.
China responds to all of this from the position – as they say here – of a “furious tiger, but a wise dragon”, pausing, but showing strength. In contrast to the U.S. Navy near Taiwan, China sent its aircraft carriers.
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