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Donald Trump accuses China of ‘mass worldwide killing’ over coronavirus crisis

Donald Trump has accused China of “mass worldwide killing” over the coronavirus pandemic.

The US president lashed out again as the gulf deepens between the two nations over the widely-held belief that Covid-19 first emerged in Wuhan, a Chinese city of 11 million people.

In his latest attack on the nation, Mr Trump tweeted: “Some wacko in China just released a statement blaming everybody other than China for the Virus which has now killed hundreds of thousands of people.

“Please explain to this dope that it was the “incompetence of China”, and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing!”

It came after Mr Trump appeared to suggest China deliberately let coronavirus infect the United States.

In a further ramping up of tensions, he told a White House roundtable on Tuesday: “Once the plague, as I call it, came in, I said: how did they let that happen? How come it didn’t go into other sections of China?
“Why did they block it from leaving Wuhan, but they didn’t block it from going to the rest of the world including the United States? Why is that?

“And why didn’t they let us go in to help them fix it? So I’m very disappointed in China.”

Beijing is facing growing criticism from the West over the pandemic, with officials widely-believed to have fiddled figures and failed to contain the outbreak.

The country – with a population of 1.4 billion – claims to have had just 88,000 infections and 4,600 deaths.
Wuhan, in Hubei province, is believed to have been the origin of the virus but there is dispute over whether or not it began in a so-called “wet” market where live animals are traded.

Mr Trump has already entered into a stand-off with the World Health Organisation, suspending America’s $400 million annual funding and accusing it of being a “puppet of China”.

Earlier on Wednesday, China’s Communist leaders expressed “strong indignation” after the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo hailed the re-election of the Taiwanese president, a rebuke to Beijing’s attempts to isolate the island.

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