Germany billed only a 130-billion-pound invoice to China for Coronavirus damages, Trump is coming for a lot more.
Germany has joined the league of nations that have directed their anger at China for the cover-up for information about coronavirus. In the last week, many world leaders like US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab have openly expressed doubt about China’s response to the pandemic.
Highlights! World Leaders are openly criticizing Xi’s response to COVID-19 while Germany sends a Corona damage bill to China
- Germany’s Corona Invoice to China
- China receiving the wrath of Nations
- No ‘Business as Usual’ for China
- COVID-19 Giving Headwinds to Xi’s Govt In China
Germany’s Invoice to China
Germany’s largest tabloid, Bild, has published an itemized Corona damage invoice of Euro 149 billion (130 billion pounds) to China. The invoice quantifies what Beijing “owes” Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Explaining the intent of the article, Bild Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt said, “We asked in whether China should pay for the massive economic damage the coronavirus is inflicting worldwide.”
Furthermore, Bild’s list includes a Euro 27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, a million euros an hour for airline Lufthansa, euro 7.2 billion for the German film industry, and euro 50 billion for German small businesses.
Under the title, “What China owes us,” Bild calculated that if Germany’s GDP falls by 4.2 percent it amounts to euro 1,784 (1,550 pounds) per person.
Reichelt further accused the Chinese government of keeping the world in dark saying, “Xi Jinping, your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it.”
China receiving the wrath of Nations
China has been denying the coronavirus cover up reports since the beginning. World Health Organisation has commended China’s effort in containing the coronavirus but the world doesn’t concur anymore.
On Friday, the Chinese government revised the coronavirus death toll in Wuhan by 50 percent — these figures came after weeks of skepticism about officially reported figures. So, after narrowly surviving the coronavirus, now China is facing global gale-force headwinds.
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But before Germany’s Corona invoice, US President Donald Trump has waged a war against the invisible Chinese virus. Right before the outbreak of coronavirus US-China trade war was on the rise. On Saturday, Trump warned China that it would have to face ‘consequence’ if it was ‘knowingly responsible’ for the pandemic. “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake,” he said.
Mentioning that the whole world is suffering because of China’s coronavirus cover-up, he further said, “It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t.”
Reportedly, thousands of Americans have signed up for Class Action Lawsuit in the state of Florida seeking compensation from the Chinese Government for COVID-19 damages. Another Class Action suit filed on behalf of 5 Las Vegas local businesses is seeking billions of dollars in damages.
In an ideal world, Trump needs to represent all the nations in a Class Action Lawsuit against at the International Court of Justice. After all, Trump won’t be alone in vocalizing his displeasure over China’s mistake for sure.
No ‘Business as Usual’ for China
Echoing Trump’s sentiment was UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab who declared no ‘business as usual’ with China. Questioning how the pandemic couldn’t be stopped earlier, he said, “We’ll have to ask the hard questions about how [coronavirus] came about.”
Raab’s words too, echo the frustration of the UK and world governments over the lack of transparency by Beijing.
China has recorded 4,632 coronavirus deaths – including an extra 1,290. Worldwide there are more than 24,00,000 COVID-19 infected cases with more than 1,65,900 deaths.
In the US alone more than 41,150 people have lost their lives. Similarly, by far France has lost more than 19,710 people; UK 16,500 and more died; Germany over 4,642. While Spain and Italy have lost more than 20,000 people.
The numbers just don’t add up. More people have died in the European countries than China where the virus emerged.
French President Emmanuel Macron said it is naive’ to suggest China has dealt better with the virus. Further casting doubt on China’s figures and explanations he said, “There are clearly things that have happened that we don’t know about.”
Coronavirus Giving Headwinds to Xi’s Govt Inside China
Xi Jinping’s Communist Party of China has always lacked transparency and accountability. There’ an active suppression of freedom of speech in the country while using propaganda and censorship to control public discourse.
The death of Dr. Li Wenliang, the whistleblower for the coronavirus pandemic in China, wasn’t taken well by the citizens. The government had tried to refute his claims initially and summoned him for questioning too. Posthumously, he is a hero! Chinese people widely mourned the death of Li on the social media questioning government’s actions.
Furthermore, the Chinese government stepped up censorship after a rush of online criticism and investigative reports by emboldened Chinese journalists.
A virus that started in China has taken over the world. It has crippled the global economic structure, broken the supply chains and now the world wants its repayment.
And perhaps Coronavirus has finally presented the challenge to Xi Jinping’s authoritarian vision of a system that offers security and growth in return for submission.