'Enough is enough': China attacks US at Security Council
China's ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, seen here in December 2019, has sharply criticized the United States over its criticism on the coronavirus.
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'Enough is enough': China attacks US at Security Council
(Agence France-Presse) - September 25, 2020 - 7:50am

UNITED NATIONS, United States — China on Thursday lashed out at the United States at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the coronavirus, with its envoy declaring, "Enough is enough!"

Two days after President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China, its ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, strongly criticized the US global role.

"I must say, enough is enough! You have created enough troubles for the world already," he told a Security Council meeting on global governance attended through videoconference by several heads of state.

"The US has nearly seven million confirmed cases and over 200,000 deaths by now. With the most advanced medical technologies and system in the world, why has the US turned out to have the most confirmed cases and fatalities?" he asked.

"If someone should be held accountable, it should be a few US politicians themselves."

Using a phrase often told by US leaders to China, Zhang said, "The US should understand that a major power should behave like a major power."

The United States, he said, "is completely isolated." 

"It's time to wake up," he said in remarks enthusiastically backed by his Russian counterpart.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, voiced anger at the tone of the session, which was presided over by Niger's president, Issoufou Mahamadou.

"You know, shame on each of you. I am astonished and I am disgusted by the content of today's discussion," Craft said.

"I am actually really quite ashamed of this Council -–members of the Council who took this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the critical issue at hand. My goodness."

Trump in his speech Tuesday had demanded action against China for spreading the "plague" of Covid-19.

China initially suppressed news of the respiratory disease when it emerged last year in Wuhan and initial advice played down the risks of transmission.

China's communist leaders have more recently tried to transform the narrative into one of success in stopping the virus.

Trump's response to the pandemic has emerged as a major political issue as he seeks a new term in November 3 elections.

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LATEST UPDATE: October 23, 2020 - 3:49pm

The US decision to disinvite China from upcoming maritime exercises in the Pacific is "non-constructive," China's Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi says.

"We find that a very non-constructive move," Wang says at a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the two met in Washington.

"It's also a decision taken lightly and is unhelpful to mutual understanding between China and the US." — Agence France-Presse

October 23, 2020 - 3:49pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday warned of China's military resolve to defeat "invaders", speaking on a 70th anniversary for the Korean War, the only time Chinese forces have fought the United States.

In a long speech, heavy on patriotism and flecked by anecdotes of heroism by Chinese forces, Xi said victory in the 1950-53 conflict was a reminder that his nation stood ready to fight anyone "creating trouble... on China's doorstep".

Beijing frequently uses war anniversaries to fire thinly covered warnings to the US of the military strength of the "new China".

The Korean War is a key foundation story for the ruling Communist Party.

Friday's anniversary comes as the party is called out by US President Donald Trump, in a bitter row spanning trade, tech, human rights and the status of Taiwan, which China says is an inviolable part of the mainland. — AFP

October 15, 2020 - 12:15pm

A US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait in what the American military described as a "routine" passage Wednesday, but enraging China, which claims sovereignty over the island and surrounding seas.

Ties between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated in recent months, over issues including trade and Hong Kong, with the self-ruled island of Taiwan a long-running source of tension.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry passed through the Strait on October 14, according to a statement by the US Pacific Fleet.

"The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the statement says. —

September 28, 2020 - 1:13pm

Europe and the United States need to face up to a "new Cold War with China" together, regardless of who wins the White House in November, Germany's point man on transatlantic ties told AFP.

With just five weeks to go until the US election, the German government's coordinator for relations with the United States and Canada, Peter Beyer, insisted there were more shared interests than differences.

"Europe has got to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the US to face the huge challenge of China," he said.

"The new Cold War between the United States and China has already begun and will shape this century." — AFP

September 22, 2020 - 10:14pm

US President Donald Trump tells the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable by the world for its actions over the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a recorded message played to the annual meeting of the UN, Trump accused Beijing of allowing the coronavirus to "leave China and infect the world."

"The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions," he said. — AFP

September 19, 2020 - 1:09pm

China says it had officially implemented a mechanism enabling it to restrict foreign entities, a much-anticipated move seen as retaliation to US penalties against Chinese companies such as telecom giant Huawei.

An announcement by the Ministry of Commerce did not mention any specific foreign entities, but broadly spelled out the factors that could trigger punitive measures, which may include fines, restriction of business activities and investment in China, and the entry of personnel or equipment into the country.

The launch of China's "unreliable entities list" ups the ante in the escalating commercial fight with the Trump administration, which has used its own "entity list" to bar Huawei from the US market on national security grounds. — AFP 

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