Washington DC [USA]:
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo criticized China on Wednesday for making “empty promises” at last week’s China-Africa summit, saying that Chinese President Xi Jinping “did not promise real transparency and accountability “for Beijing’s role in the spread of the coronavirus.
Referring to an earlier statement by Xi Jinping, he said that the Chinese president did not “put lives at the center” when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “hid the truth” about the world‘s COVID-19 until that it is too late.
“At last week’s China-Africa summit, we unfortunately saw more empty promises and tired platitudes from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” said Pompeo.
“While President Xi said” we must always put our people and their lives at the center of concern. He did not promise real transparency and accountability for China’s role in the release of this deadly virus. He was not putting life first and foremost when the CCP hid the truth about COVID-19 from the world until it was too late, and now we continue to suffer from the disastrous results of these actions. ” said Pompeo.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused China of allowing the coronavirus to spread around the world. He also called it “Chinese virus”. A war of words has also broken out between Trump and Chinese diplomats around the world to blame each other for the origin of the virus.
Pompeo said the United States continues to support its partners across Africa to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.