As U.S.-China rhetoric grows harsher, new risks emerge with Taiwan drawn into the mix
President Trump then lashed out at China for a “worldwide killing” from covid-19 — part of messages that could become talking points in the presidential election campaign.
The White House salvos have sought to keep a focus on China’s early response to the virus and what Trump has called a “China-centric” deference at the World Health Organization. China, in turn, has portrayed itself as a good global citizen willing to work with the United Nations and other countries to defeat the pandemic.
But the longer-range Trump strategy appeared aimed at deflecting attention from the U.S. handling of the pandemic — including the sometimes conflicting messages from the Trump administration and health experts and a reported covid-19 death toll that is the highest in the world.
Trump has grounds for part of his criticism — particularly China’s silencing of doctors and its denial that the virus was spreading person-to-person after it emerged late last year in Wuhan. But Trump’s claims, outlined in a four-page letter to the WHO on Monday, mix legitimate criticism with …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]