In an aggressive speech from the Rose Garden of the White House, US President Donald Trump lambasted WHO and China for their alleged non-cooperation in sharing right information on corona. “The world needs answers from China,” Trump said. For decades it has ripped off the US like no one has ever done before, he said, reiterating his charges against China.
China not only stole intellectual property, took away billions of dollars from the US and offshored the jobs, but also violated its commitment under the World Trade Organization, he said, adding that it was able to get away with the theft, like no one before because of past politicians and past presidents.
China, he alleged, has unlawfully claimed territories in the Indo-Pacific ocean, threatening freedom of navigation and international trade and broke its word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong.
“The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with China, but achieving this relationship requires us to vigorously defend our national interest,” he said.
Trump alleged that the Chinese government has continually violated its promises to the US and many other nations. “These plain facts cannot be overlooked or swept aside,” he said.
Observing that the world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government, Trump reiterated that China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 1 lakh American lives and over one million lives worldwide.
“Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities. China, he said, has total control over the WHO despite only paying USD 40 million per year compared to what the US has been paying which is approximately USD 450 million a year.
Trump said he will issue a proclamation to better secure America’s vital university research and “to suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals from China who have been identified as potential security risks”.
Asserting that he is also taking action to protect the integrity of America’s financial system, Trump said he is instructing his presidential working group on financial markets to study the differing practices of Chinese companies listed on the US financial markets with a goal of protecting American investors.
Referring to the unilateral Chinese action control over Hong Kong security, Trump said that this was a plain violation of Beijing’s treaty obligations with the UK in the declaration of 1984 and explicit provisions of Hong Kong’s basic law which has 27 years to go.