China responds to Donald Trump's 'election' allegations

ST Staff
Friday, 1 May 2020

"China will do anything they can to have me lose this race." – Donald Trump.

As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the loss of life has been soaring heights. Governments have been struggling to find solutions and have been working relentlessly to control the spread of the deadly virus. 

With little information about the novel coronavirus, the world continues to float theories and debate around who is to be blamed. Researchers, journalists and public health officials have been striving hard to be able to bring the truth to the forefront. 

To add to the crisis, are the personal conflicts between the US and China. The US leader, along with other officials, strongly blames China for the pandemic. Halting the funding to the World Health Organization, he alleged that the agency "willingly took China's assurances to face value" and "pushed China's misinformation." 

In a recent interview with Reuters, Trump said, "China will do anything they can to have me lose this race." Trump believes during the re-election scheduled for November 2020, Beijing wants the Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, to win to ease the pressure related to trade and other issues.

Continuing to blame China for the COVID-19 pandemic, during the interview, he also added that he was looking at different options in terms of consequences for Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic. "There are many things I can do. We're looking for what happens," he added. 

In an attempt to respond to Donald Trump's claims, China declared on Thursday that it had no interest in interfering in the US presidential elections.

"The US presidential election is an internal affair, we have no interest in interfering in it," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters during a daily briefing.

"We hope the people of the US will not drag China into its election politics," he added.

Admitting that China was a victim of the epidemic and not an accomplice, Geng added that if "certain politicians" were trying to shift the blame away from their poor handling of the outbreak on to Beijing, then it would only "expose the problems of the US itself."

"The US should know this: the enemy is the virus, not China," said Geng.

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