President Trump is causing huge geopolitical tensions for no good reason by blaming China for the spread of COVID-19, asserts Simon Tisdall of The Guardian. He has also repeated the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab, which was debunked by the Pentagon. Trump must face the consequences of his own failures in handling this crisis and stop trying to shift the blame. This animosity could worsen the trade dispute between the US and China and inflame a new Cold War. The world needs its two richest and strongest nations to work together to defeat COVID-19, not bicker and point fingers at one another.
President Trump is right to hold China accountable for its role in worsening the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Nadia Schadlow of The Atlantic. China's refusal to be transparent, especially in the early stages of the outbreak, prevented measures that could have slowed the spread of the coronavirus. Citizens in Wuhan were initially punished for "spreading rumors" about COVID-19. The Shanghai laboratory, which published the disease's genome was shut down. The truth about the danger of the virus was withheld for as long as possible. Trump is right to point out these failures. His critics need to recognize the problems with China's COVID-19 response.