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 stated 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 language metropolis of Wuhan late final 12 months earlier than spreading world wide.
US President Donald Trump stepped up the rhetoric on Wednesday by tweeting that China was chargeable for “mass Worldwide killing”.
Republican senators proposed laws final week that might empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing doesn’t give a “full accounting” for the outbreak.
“We firmly oppose these payments, and can make a agency response and take countermeasures primarily based on the deliberation of those payments,” spokesman Zhang Yesui stated at a information convention on the eve of the annual session of the Nationwide Individuals’s Congress.
“It’s neither accountable nor ethical to cowl up one’s personal issues by blaming others. We’ll by no means settle for any unwarranted lawsuits and calls for for compensation,” Zhang stated.
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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