Pompeo says G7 discussed China’s coronavirus ‘disinformation’
WASHINGTON The Group of Seven (G7) major economies talked about an “intentional disinformation campaign” by China on the coronavirus in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, U. S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, adding that the world still needed accurate information on the outbreak from Beijing.
The outbreak began in Wuhan, Hubei province late last year and Pompeo repeated previous charges that China had delayed sharing information.
At a State Department news conference, Pompeo said full transparency was needed to fight the new coronavirus, which he again referred to as the “Wuhan disease, ” a term that has angered China.
“That signifies full openness by everybody, including by Chinese Communist Party. This is a continuing concern, we still need very good information from the Chinese Communist Party of what is going down there, ” he said.
Pompeo said the United States “desperately” wanted to work with just about every country all over the world, including China, “to keep as many people alive, as many people as healthy, and then to restore our economies that have been decimated by the Wuhan virus. ”
Pompeo again turned down as “crazy talking” from some senior Chinese officials that the virus was brought to China by the United States.
He said China was trying to claim that is was now the “white hat” inside the crisis immediately after making small sales of goods around the world, a great apparent mention of medical materials.
He claimed now was not the time to apportion blame, but for focus on approaches to resolve this crisis, that is what the G7 nations targeted on on their meeting.
“But every one of the nations that was at that meeting this morning was deeply aware of the disinformation campaign that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in to try and deflect from what has really taken place here, ” Pompeo extra.