On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed China for making fake promises during last week’s China-Africa summit. He said, Chinese President Xi Jinping “failed to promise real transparency and accountability” for Beijing’s role in the spread of coronavirus.
was not “putting lives front and centre” when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “hid the truth” about COVID-19 from the world until it was too late.
“At last week’s China-Africa Summit, we, unfortunately, saw more empty promises and tired platitudes from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” Pompeo said.
Mr. Pompeo referred to an earlier statement made by the Chinese President where he said, “we must always put our people and their lives front and centre. He failed to promise real transparency and accountability for China’s role in unleashing this deadly virus. He was not putting lives front and centre when the CCP hid the truth about COVID-19 from the world until it was too late, and now we continue to suffer through the disastrous results of those actions,” Pompeo said.
The Trump administration has accused China for several times of not giving proper information about the danger of the virus that has spread all over the world claiming millions of life. President Trump has also referred to it as ”Chinese virus”.
Trump and Chinese diplomats had also a war of words over the origin of the virus. Both of them have blamed each other for the spread of the virus. Pompeo said that the US continues to stand with its partners across Africa in confronting the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.