COVID-19: CYNICAL CHINA TURNS SIN-ICAL
BY- RENEE TANEJA
‘ Guilty until proven innocent’- phrase China stands well versed with the current scenario of world dominated by the deadly Coronavirus. The pandemic was initially reported to the WHO by health authorities of Wuhan, China. Which was a ‘mysterious case of pneumonia’ on 31st December, 2019 . Which is now said to be dated back to a single case on the 17th of November, 2019. The infected were said to have a close link to a live animal market in Wuhan . Which is regarded as the eye of the storm by the Chinese authorities.
On contrary, exasperated by the large death count and virus cases nations such as the United States and France. They hold the Wuhan Institute of Virology(WIV) accountable for the outbreak of the pandemic. U.S. president Donald Trump openly took to chastise. That, the lack of transparency of Beijing regarding the true extent of the outbreak. Moreover, he expressed his agony towards the Chinese government by terming COVID-19 as the ‘ Chinese Virus’ . And also by stating that had China been more informative in the past, a lot of lives could’ve been saved.
WHO blamed to support China :
The WHO was also blamed by Trump to be China – centric, despite of getting maximum funds from the U.S. government. French president Emmanuel Macron has been the latest leader to question China . He made it clear that to believe all information provided by the people’s republic would be a ‘naive’ move. According to a recent survey, 67% of the Indian population feels that China is responsible for the spread of COVID-19 . Although, a few also believe that the virus in actuality was a weapon developed by the Chinese to display their might. Moreover, President of the Wisconsin Senate also proclaimed that the senate condemns the action of the Communist Party of China. That too in the strongest possible terms and stands in solidarity with China. A German newspaper also asked China to credit 149 billion Euros to the country to cover up the losses faced.
China’s defence against accusations :
However, the director of the WIV – Yuan Zhiming has defended the institute by saying that the lab is well equipped to handle viruses. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has hinted towards the U.S. army being responsible for carrying the virus to Wuhan. Moreover, Russian president Vladimir Putin has appreciated the consistent and effective actions of the Chinese partners . Who made it possible to stabilize the situation in Russia. Both the leaders have decided to work in unity to fight against the pandemic. The Chinese government now is trying blame a local live animal market in Wuhan for the origin of the virus . Terming it as a virus which ‘ cannot be made by man’ – a statement supported by famous scientists across the globe.
Up till now , there has been no final proof to add to the scrutiny against China. But, the outbreak has surely caused a glitch in international relationships causing about 1,80,000 deaths worldwide. And a decline in the major economy’s of the world. However, nations around the globe continue to join hands and treat the pandemic as the only common enemy that needs to be terminated.