Keeping up the worsening war of words with Washington over the pandemic and a Beijing move to tighten control over Hong Kong, Wang Yi said the United States had been infected by a "political virus" compelling figures there to continually attack China.
"Some U.S. political forces are taking hostage of China-U.S. relations, attempting to push the ties to the brink of so-called 'new Cold War, '" Wang said. Watch the full video for all the details. "It is also wishful thinking for the U.S. to change China", Wang said today during his annual news briefing on the sidelines of National People's Congress (NPC) meetings in Beijing. "It's kind of a microcosm in where we are in the world in terms of great power competition between the U.S. and China". And they did stop people from traveling to China, but not to other parts of the world.
Consultations on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea between China and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members will not be disrupted by interference from the outside, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday. "It's time for the United States to give up its wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernisation".
On Thursday, Senators Ted Cruz and Rick Scott, along Mike Braun, Marsha Blackburn, Joni Ernst, Martha McSally and Tom Cotton, introduced the COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Act to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from stealing or sabotaging American COVID-19 vaccine research.
Lately, the U.S. has been accusing China of doing less to contain the novel coronavirus that emerged in China's Hubei province in December past year and has since rapidly spread across the world.
On Sunday, Wang said the suggestion that USA states could bring legal action against China was "a daydream" and lacked any precedent.
World Health Organization chief says he will keep leading virus response after Trump threat
The letter also addressed the political "gamesmanship" of the World Health Organization during an apolitical global pandemic. The president said he would not allow funding to an organisation that does not serve USA citizens interests.
However, the diplomat also made several jabs at Washington, telling reporters that Trump's administration is tarnishing relations with Beijing with what it calls a smear campaign.
Wang's remarks echoed with Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech at the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA).
"It looks like, with this national security law, they're going to basically take over Hong Kong, and if they do ..."
"We will continue to help Africa fight the pandemic, channel anti-epidemic materials as much as possible to developing countries in Africa, and consider sending a new group of medical experts to the region", Wang added.
China has also proposed controversial national security legislation for Hong Kong, which could prompt USA sanctions and threaten the city's status as a financial hub, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said overnight. "Secretary Pompeo will likely be unable to certify that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy, and if that happens, there will be sanctions that will be imposed on Hong Kong and China", he said on NBC's Meet the Press.