The meetings of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday witnessed some of the features of tension between the two largest economic giants in the world, as US President Donald Trump demanded that China hold China accountable for its "spreading" the Corona epidemic, while his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping demanded not to politicize the epidemic, stressing that his country did not want to go to war. .
"The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is effectively controlled by China, have falsely announced that there is no evidence of transmission from person to person. Later they falsely said that people "Those who do not show symptoms will not spread the disease ... the United Nations should hold China accountable for its actions."
Trump also promised to distribute a vaccine for the Coronavirus, and said, "We will defeat this virus and end the pandemic," and we will enter a new era of prosperity, cooperation and peace.
The US President also criticized Beijing for its environmental record, accusing it of overfishing, dumping plastic materials into the oceans, and releasing more toxic mercury than any other country, and said, "Those who attack America's extraordinary environmental record while ignoring the pollution rampant in China do not care about the environment. They just want to punish America, and I will not accept that. "
The Chinese position
The Chinese position
On the other hand, the Chinese president said in a pre-filmed speech to deliver at the annual remote meeting of world leaders this year, "We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiations. We will not seek to develop ourselves only or engage in a zero-sum game." .
"China is the largest developing country in the world, and it is a country committed to peaceful, open, cooperative and common development ... We have no intention to fight in a cold or hot war with any country," he added.
In an apparently indirect message to his American counterpart, the Chinese president called for a global confrontation with the virus and giving the World Health Organization a leading role in this regard, and rejecting any attempt to politicize the issue.
As for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, he told the 193-member General Assembly earlier today, Tuesday, that everything must be done to avoid a new cold war.
"We are moving in a very dangerous direction, and our world cannot afford a future in which the two largest economies divide the world through a big rift," he said.
Erdogan in his recorded speech (Anatolia)
In turn, Emmanuel Macron said in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly that the world facing the Corona pandemic and "the collapse of our cooperation frameworks" cannot be "reduced to the competition between China and the United States."
Macron added that a cure for the virus can be found, but "there will be no miracle cure," and that Europe must bear the responsibility on the global stage.
In his speech, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the United Nations for its delay in dealing with the Corona pandemic, and said, "The Security Council, which is the most important decision-making body in the United Nations, took weeks, even months, to include the pandemic on its agenda."
"The fate of humanity cannot be left to the will of a limited number of countries," he added, referring to the five permanent members.