Trump demands United Nations holds China to account for coronavirus pandemic

Chinese President Xi Jinping appears on an outdoor screen in Beijing as he speaks by video link at the United Nations General Assembly

Still, Xi is eager to solidify China's status as a global power to rival the USA, particularly in the post-pandemic world.

"Cold War mentality, ideological lines or zero-sum game are no solution to a country's own problem, still less an answer to mankind's common challenges", said Xi, who spoke via video to a meeting commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN.

"Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease." he is expected to continue.

Experts say that given the Chinese leader's increasingly hardline policies both within China and around the world, Xi's rhetoric at the United Nations about multilateralism and worldwide law were unlikely to sway any American politicians who are already alarmed by Beijing's actions.

Trump, speaking in a video address from the White House to a sparsely occupied hall of mask-wearing delegates at United Nations headquarters in NY, referred to the disease as the "China virus" and implied that Beijing and the World Health Organization had worked in tandem to cover up the danger of the pandemic.

Doubling down on Beijing, Trump said that China condemned his travel ban on their country, even as they cancelled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes.

"We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy", the president said in a pre-recorded address to the UN General Assembly. The US president then went on to list the efforts made by his country to contain the escalating health crisis.

In a per-recorded speech Tuesday, President Trump said the USA has produced a record supply of ventilators and pioneered life-saving treatments to reduce the fatality rate of the virus by 85-percent since April.

Of the world's three largest economies and emitters, it leaves just the U.S. without a long term, net zero climate change goal in place, with attention soon set to turn to the crucial presidential election in November which promises to have a huge influence on the country's climate policies.

Trump said that America will distribute a vaccine, defeat the virus, and end the pandemic.

China's relations with the USA and Europe have deteriorated rapidly this year over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, as well as the controversial security law imposed on Hong Kong in June.

The US has called China out over its ambitions to control the strategically pivotal South China Sea as well as for its bid to crush democracy movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The US said it was reimposing sanctions on Iran for being in non-compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers. Trump said that American prosperity is the bedrock of freedom and security all over the world. He said in three short years of his presidency, "we built the greatest economy in history - and we are quickly doing it again. As president, I have rejected the failed approaches of the past, and I am proudly putting America first, just as you should be putting your countries first".

We stood up to decades of China's trade abuses.

These groundbreaking peace deals are the dawn of the new Middle East.

Another matter POTUS will dwell on in his speech is the Israeli issue, expected to promise "more peace agreements with Israel shortly".

"We withdrew from the awful Iran nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the world's leading state sponsor of terror", he says, underlining the U.S. killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. There is no blood in the sand. We are stronger now than ever before.



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