GERMANY has rattled China after joining the united kingdom , France and the US in a rare attack, after Berlin called out Beijing’s responsibility for the worldwide pandemic and even issued a £130bn invoice.
Germany has sparked outrage in China after a major newspaper put together a £130bn invoice that Beijing “owes” Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the united kingdom and the US in directing its coronavirus anger at China, where the virus originated. Recent attacks come amid findings that Beijing seemed to cover truth scale of the crisis, with the source of the outbreak remains a mystery.
On Saturday, Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it had been “knowingly responsible” for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump told reporters: “It could have being stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and therefore the whole world is suffering.
“If it had been an error , amistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there should be consequences.
He said the Chinese were “embarrassed” and the question was whether what happened with the coronavirus was “a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?”
President Trump and his senior aides have repeatedly accused China of lacking transparency.
This week the town of Wuhan, where the outbreak started, revised its number of fatalities by with a sudden 50% jump within the figure.
The UK has joined US intelligence officials in investigating claims that the virus originated during a Wuhan virus lab and not a wet market.
A bombshell opened this week in Germany’s largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, joined this outrage by drawing up an itemised invoice for €149bn (£130b).
The list includes a €27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, up to €7.2 billion for the German movie industry , 1,000,000 euros an hour for German airline Lufthansa and €50 billion for German small businesses.
Bild calculated that this amounts to €1,784 (£1,550) per person if Germany’s GDP falls by 4.2 percent, under the title “What China owes us.”
China responded by claiming the invoice “stirs up xenophobia and nationalism