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MFA Urges Some in the US to Focus on Their Own Business

2020/04/23

At the regular press conference on 22 April, commenting on the clamors by some in the US to hold China accountable and have it pay for the COVID-19 situation, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang urged them to spend more time and energy on fighting the disease and saving American lives, instead of bent on deflecting attention and blaming others.

In response to the recent moves by some Republican members of Congress who have tabled a number of legislations that accuse China of cover-up and demand investigation and compensation, Geng pointed out that a few American politicians, in a bid to shift blame for their own ineffective response, have chosen to smear China in total disregard of facts and have engaged in political manipulation, which disrupts cooperation between China and the US at a critical moment when the two countries should be fighting the disease together. Such acts are not popular and will not help the US contain the virus.

Geng stressed that since the start of COVID-19, the Chinese government has acted in an open, transparent and responsible manner. It has given timely updates to the World Health Organization and relevant countries and regions, including the US, shared the genome sequences of the virus, actively responded to various concerns, and stepped up cooperation with the international community. Starting from 3 January, China has been sharing information with the US side on a regular basis. The US has access to information and data from China. With its efforts, China has made important contribution to the global fight against the virus.

On 21 April, when asked how the US is going to press and hold China accountable, White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien reportedly said that the US has many tools at its disposal, including filing lawsuits against China.

In response, Geng pointed out that viruses do not distinguish between nationalities and are a common enemy of humanity. Some have resorted to blame shifting and scapegoating at this moment, only to conceal their own problems. "Again, I would urge them to spend their time and energy on managing their own business and take care of their own people," Geng said.

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