At UN, Trump Raps China for Virus

Clay Curtis
September 23, 2020

In his recorded speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, which is being held online this year, US President Donald Trump will call on the UN to "hold China accountable for their actions" vis-a-vis the still raging coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Trump, who pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, attacked China for its carbon emission as well as dumping of plastic. In his remarks, delivered via video on September 22, he painted China as a responsible player in both the United Nations and the world order writ large.

"When history faithfully records the global response to the worst health emergency of this century, let it be said that we stood and acted as one, that we provided leadership, and that we gave the peoples of all nations hope and courage".

The Xinhua news agency lauded him as as a "champion of the U.N. ethos", and commentaries laid out his expectations and plans as he prepared for virtual meetings with his colleagues at the U.N. General Assembly.

The coronavirus pandemic has presented the world with a choice between global co-operation or the pursuit of narrow self-interest and unilateralism, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech on Tuesday.

Then, in an apparent dig at Trump, the Chinese president said: "COVID-19 reminds us that economic globalization is an indisputable reality and a historical trend".

"Facing the virus, we should enhance solidarity and get through this together". With the United States also working to end the war in Afghanistan, Trump said America is fulfilling our destiny as peacemaker.

"No one government controls us", its communications director, Gabby Stern, said in a tweet.

Emissions from China continued to rise in 2018 and 2019 even as much of the world began to shift away from fossil fuels.

China has portrayed itself as the chief cheerleader for multilateralism at a time when Trump's disregard for worldwide cooperation has led him to quit global deals on climate and Iran, as well as the U.N. Human Rights Council and the WHO.

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Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott tweeted Monday morning that 31,700 tests were completed over the last day. According to Ford, the province has ordered 5.1 million doses of this year's flu vaccine and is continuing to work to order more.

Jinping pledged his country would continue to support other countries in fighting the pandemic and said it had several Covid-19 vaccines in late phases of development which it would provide for the "global public good" to other developing countries according to need.

Trump, a frequent critic of the United Nations, said that if it was to be effective, it must focus on "the real problems of the world" like "terrorism, the oppression of women, forced labor, drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities".

Xi will also likely be appreciated at the countries looking for investment and debt relief under China's massive Belt and Road infrastructure initiative and by states such as Russian Federation.

The Trump administration has launched a global campaign against the influence of China, pushing back on its claims in the South China Sea and warning nations of the risks of accepting its lavish infrastructure spending.

China had been aiming to bring its total greenhouse gas emissions to a peak by "around 2030", while the European Union has asked Beijing to bring the date forward to 2025.

Trump, who has rolled back or pared down hundreds of environmental regulations, said the U.S. had reduced its carbon emissions by more than any country in the agreement.

Trump said that under his administration, America stood up to decades of China's trade abuses. Trump said that American prosperity is the bedrock of freedom and security all over the world.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, opening the General Assembly, also warned that "we must do everything to avoid a new Cold War". "Our world can not afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a Great Fracture, each with its own trade and financial rules and internet and artificial intelligence capacities", Mr Guterres said.

"China has no intention of entering a Cold War", he said, urging the world to avoid "falling into the trap of a clash of civilisations".

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