Chinese ambassador rages at West for adopting 'gunboat diplomacy' to 'bully' China

Chinese ambassador rages at West for adopting 'gunboat diplomacy' to 'bully' China

23/04 - 18:39 - CHINA's ambassador to the UK furiously lashed out at the US and Britain for criticism against the Chinese Government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, and accused the West of trying to "bully" Beijing.

He told the BBC: "I hear quite a lot of this speculation of disinformation about China covering up or hiding something. This is not true.

"This is not the era of gunboat diplomacy, this is not the era when China was still a semi-feudal society, this is the 21st century.

"These people still live in the old days, they think they can bully China, they think they can bully the world.

"China is not an enemy of the United States. If they regard China as an enemy, I think they choose the wrong target."

Mr Liu continued: "China is a friend of the United States, China is a partner of the United States in fighting against the virus.

"China has donated 1.8 billion masks to the US, six for every citizen.

"The virus does not respect borders or discriminate between races.

"In the face of the crisis, blaming and scapegoating are futile; arrogance and insolence will only poison the cooperation between countries."

The ambassador added: "It is against human conscience to deliberately put the virus label on a specific region, politicise the public health issue and stigmatise a specific country.

"Such moves will only drive a wedge between countries, undermine international cooperation and harm the interests of all mankind.

"It is important that countries of the world reject ideological bias, put lives above everything else and form maximum synergy to bring the pandemic under control."

Mr Liu also said: "China has engaged actively in international cooperation in an open, transparent and responsible manner to deal with the crisis.

"China notified the world about the outbreak without delay, and acted quickly to identify and share the genetic sequence of the virus.

"At the same time, China has been sharing its experience of prevention, control and treatment with other countries without reservation, and set up an online knowledge centre, which is open to all countries. China has donated $20 million to the WHO and sent 17 teams of medical experts to 15 countries.

"It has provided or is in the process of providing much-needed medical supplies, including masks, protective gowns, testing kits and ventilators, to more than 150 countries and international organisations, including the UK."

China has faced criticism over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, in which some claim Beijing was too slow to reveal the severity of the crisis.

The country has also come under the spotlight for its seemingly low number of coronavirus cases, over 84,000, compared to the United States' 865,000. es un sitio web oficial del Gobierno Argentino