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China is the accused and rescuer of coronavirus

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By Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the world in many ways. The deadly virus has killed thousands, and has infected more than 1 million across the globe. It has also severely affected economies worldwide, including those of the United States and China.

There are several areas of disagreement between Washington and Beijing, but the COVID-19 issue has taken the bilateral tension to another level.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there has been accusations and counter-accusations between the two major powers. The Trump administration accused China of covering up the outbreak of the infectious disease, while the Chinese government at one point blamed American soldiers, who visited Wuhan last fall, to have caused the virus.

On Feb. 25, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of allegedly suppressing information about the spread of the coronavirus. The remarks were made following the expulsion of three Wall Street journal reporters by China for criticizing Beijing's handling of the outbreak.

Pompeo said, "Had China permitted its own ― and foreign journalists and medical personnel ― to speak and investigate freely, Chinese officials and other nations would have been far better prepared to address the challenge."

Then on March 11, the White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said: "If we'd had those [two months] and been able to sequence the virus, and had the cooperation necessary from the Chinese, had a WHO team been on the ground, had a CDC team, which we'd........

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