China Newspaper Chief Claps Back at Pompeo Over Cover-up Accusation: He Has ‘Even Worse Tricks planned’

 

The editor in chief of China’s state-backed Global Times newspaper took aim at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday over claims that China fed bad information to the World Health Organization after the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, saying Pompeo had “even worse tricks planned” to win “reelection.”

“We strongly believe that China didn’t report the outbreak of the new coronavirus in a timely fashion to the WHO,” Pompeo tweeted on Thursday. “Even after the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] did notify the WHO of the coronavirus outbreak, China didn’t share all of the information it had.”

Global Times Editor in Chief Hu Xijin tweeted Friday morning, “You ‘strongly believe’?Is that all, @SecPompeo? I strongly believe that the US administration has repeatedly conspired to pass the buck to China. I also strongly believe that in order to win the reelection, you have even worse tricks planned, and it’s a crime.”

Critics have taken aim at the WHO for endorsing information China provided about the coronavirus outbreak, including the claim that human-to-human transmission had not been verified or was limited, as late as February. President Donald Trump in April suspended the United States’ contribution to the WHO, which represents $553 million of its $6 billion budget.

In a 2019 profile of Hu Xijin, The New York Times referred to The Global Times as “China’s Fox News.” The tabloid, which launched in the U.S. in 2013, is controlled by China’s Communist Party.

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