Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov accused the US of trying to impose anti-Chinese rhetoric on the world community and said that Moscow considers China’s actions adequate during the pandemic
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed concern about the heightened criticism of the United States against China and called on Washington to stop “imposing anti-Chinese discourse on the entire world community.” “There is no reason to blame China for doing something untimely, incorrectly, inadequately during the entire period of the fight against the COVID-19 virus,” the diplomat said at a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club (live broadcast on the organization’s website).
“We called on the American authorities to take a more responsible approach to the problems of financing the World Health Organization and not to arrange, on this site, also a certain reduction of some geopolitical accounts. Unfortunately, we are seeing the opposite trend, ”Ryabkov added. According to him, the world community can overcome the pandemic of the virus only by working together, and therefore should focus on coordinating measures to contain the virus and restore the global economy.
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At the same time, Ryabkov urged not to exaggerate the importance of the confrontation between China and the United States for the formation of the future world order. “We are not sure that it is worth sticking out the situation with the China-US confrontation so much. In our opinion, not a new bipolarity is emerging in the objective picture of the world, but complex polycentricity, where many subjects and factors are already acting and will act, ”he said. So the deputy foreign minister appreciated the thesis of Valdai experts, who noted that the confrontation between Washington and Beijing against the backdrop of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic accelerates the movement towards a new bipolarity, where China and the United States will become the main players on the world stage.
In mid-March, US authorities accused China of concealing the scale of the COVID-19 epidemic and the lethality of the coronavirus. In early April, Bloomberg reported that U.S. intelligence submitted a report to President Donald Trump alleging that China was downplaying the epidemic. On April 15, Trump ordered the suspension of contributions to the WHO budget, explaining this decision by saying that the organization “failed to fulfill its primary responsibility and should be held accountable.” According to Trump, the organization’s actions contributed to the “misinformation” of China about the coronavirus COVID-19, which most likely led to a larger outbreak than could otherwise be. The United States was the largest donor to WHO and contributed $ 500 million annually. Bills have also been submitted to the U.S. Congress to impose sanctions on China for alleged attempts to hide information about the virus.