Covid-19: Xi Wins Trump’s Respect as Beijing Offers to Help US

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Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump. — AFP file photo

The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country, with 94,299 infections and 1,259 deaths

WASHINGTON/BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump during a phone call on Friday that he would have China’s support in fighting the coronavirus, as the United States faces the prospect of becoming the next global epicentre of the pandemic but underlined that infectious diseases did not recognise any border or race.

The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country, with 94,299 infections and 1,259 deaths. Hospitals in cities like New York and New Orleans struggle to cope with the wave of patients.

Xi’s offer of assistance came amid a long-running war of words between Beijing and Washington over various issues including the coronavirus epidemic.

During the phone call, Xi stressed that since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Beijing has acted in an “open, transparent and responsible manner and provided timely updates on the outbreak to the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant countries including the United States, reports PTI.”

After their telephonic talk Trump said on Twitter that he discussed the coronavirus outbreak “in great detail” with Xi. “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the virus,” Trump said. “We are working closely together. Much respect!.”

— Agencies

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