Beijing will retaliate if the US Congress passes laws searching for sanctions in opposition to China over the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesman for the nation’s parliament mentioned Thursday.
Tensions between the worldwide superpowers have soared in latest weeks as they’ve traded verbal blows over the illness.
Washington has criticised Beijing for its preliminary dealing with of the virus, which emerged within the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan late final 12 months earlier than spreading all over the world.
US President Donald Trump stepped up the rhetoric on Wednesday by tweeting that China was answerable for “mass Worldwide killing”.
Republican senators proposed laws final week that will empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing doesn’t give a “full accounting” for the outbreak.
“We firmly oppose these bills, and will make a firm response and take countermeasures based on the deliberation of these bills,” spokesman Zhang Yesui mentioned at a information convention on the eve of the annual session of the National People’s Congress.
“It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others. We will never accept any unwarranted lawsuits and demands for compensation,” Zhang mentioned.
The US state of Missouri has additionally sued China’s management over the coronavirus, searching for damages over what it described as deliberate deception and inadequate motion to cease the pandemic.
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