Trump, Pompeo, Navarro open fires at Communist China

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Latest tweets of US President Donald Trump on China:

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure (May 21)

Q    The Chinese Parliament is poised to pass a national security law cracking down on Hong Kong.  Are you aware of this?  What’s your reaction?

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t know what it is because nobody knows yet.  If it happens, we’ll address that issue very strongly.

I want to begin today with a few observations on China, because the media’s focus on the current pandemic risks missing the bigger picture of the challenge that’s presented by the Chinese Communist Party.  First, basic facts.  China’s been ruled by a brutal, authoritarian regime, a communist regime since 1949.

For several decades, we thought the regime would become more like us through trade, scientific exchanges, diplomatic outreach, letting them in the WTO as a developing nation.  That didn’t happen.

We greatly underestimated the degree to which Beijing is ideologically and politically hostile to free nations.  The whole world is waking up to that fact.

Pew reported – I think it was this past week – that 66% of Americans have an unfavorable view of China.

That is a result of the Chinese Communist Party’s choices, which are influenced by the nature of the regime.  And the nature of that regime is not new.

Second point on the bigger picture:  The Chinese Communist Party’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan have accelerated our more realistic understanding of communist China.

The Party chose to destroy live virus samples instead of sharing them or asking us to help secure them.

The People’s Liberation Army has claimed more features in the South China Sea’s international waters, sank a Vietnamese fishing boat, threatened a Malaysian energy prospector, and declared a unilateral fishing ban.  The United States condemns these unlawful acts.

The Chinese Communist Party chose to threaten Australia with economic retribution for the simple act of asking for an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus.  It’s not right.

The Chinese Communist Party also chose to pressure the World Health Organization’s director-general into excluding Taiwan from this week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Turning for a moment to Taiwan:  I want to say congratulations to President Tsai on her inauguration.  The democratic process in Taiwan has matured into a model for the world.  Despite great pressure from the outside, Taiwan has demonstrated the wisdom of giving people a voice and a choice.

In Hong Kong, our decision on whether or not to certify Hong Kong as having “a high degree of autonomy” from China is still pending.  We’re closely watching what’s going on there.

Source: US State Department

China sent sick people to other countries to ‘seed’ COVID-19 around the world, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser and longtime China critic, accused China of a plot to “seed” the coronavirus globally by sending sick travellers overseas.

“I did not say they deliberately did it, but their China virus – let’s go over the facts here, correct me if I’m wrong – the virus was spawned in Wuhan Province, patient zero was in November,” said Navarro in his interview with ABC.

“The Chinese, behind the shield of the World Health Organisation for two months, hid the virus from the world, and then sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese on aircraft to Milan, New York and around the world to seed that.”

“They could have kept it in Wuhan, instead, it became a pandemic. So that’s why I say the Chinese did that to Americans and they are responsible now.”

China brands Trump, Pompeo and White House adviser Navarro as the ‘lying trio’

China’s state TV has labelled US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House trade advisor Peter Navarro as a ‘lying trio’ as it steps up its rhetoric against Washington amid coronavirus tensions.

CGTN, the English arm of Beijing’s state broadcaster CCTV, accused the Trump administration of ‘spinning a web of coronavirus lies’ to dodge their responsibilities after failing to contain COVID-19 in the United States.

Edited by staff

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