– By Mukund Patel
Chicago: The United Nations must hold China accountable for its actions in the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, US President Donald Trump appealed in the world body’s General Assembly Meeting in New York on Tuesday.
Virtually addressing the UN’s 75th session, he listed these actions, saying the UN “must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.”
Early this year, the Chinese Communist Party locked down travel in its own country while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world. Then China’s leaders condemned President Trump’s travel ban even as they cancelled domestic flights and locked Chinese citizens in their homes.
“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” President Trump said.
He said the coronavirus pandemic is only the latest global problem involving the Chinese government. Each year, China dumps millions of tons of plastic and trash into the world’s oceans. It overfishes other countries’ waters, destroys vast swaths of coral reef, and emits more toxic mercury into the atmosphere than any country on the planet.
“If the United Nations is to be an effective organization, it must focus on the real problems of the world,” he added. That includes terrorism, drug trafficking, religious persecution—and holding China’s government accountable for this horrible pandemic.
President Trump also explained how America is leading the global fight against an invisible enemy that has claimed countless lives in 188 countries.
“In the United States, we launched the most aggressive mobilization since the Second World War. We rapidly produced a record supply of ventilators, creating a surplus that allowed us to share them with friends and partners all around the globe. We pioneered life-saving treatments, reducing our fatality rate 85 per cent since April.”
“Thanks to our efforts, three vaccines are in the final stage of clinical trials. We are mass-producing them in advance so they can be delivered immediately upon arrival. We will distribute a vaccine, we will defeat the virus, we will end the pandemic, and we will enter a new era of unprecedented prosperity, cooperation, and peace.”