China Asks, Did We Hold U.S. Responsible for H1N1, AIDS, or Lehman Brothers, or Want It To Pay?
April 21, 2020 (EIRNS)—In response to a question at the Foreign Ministry briefing on April 20, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang demanded:
“Did anyone ask the U.S. to offer compensations for the 2009 H1N1 flu, which was first diagnosed before breaking out on a large scale in the U.S. and then spread to 214 countries and regions, killing nearly 200,000 people? AIDS was first reported in the U.S. in the 1980s and then swept across the world, causing untold sufferings to countless victims. Did anyone come forward and ask the U.S. to be held accountable?”
“In addition, Kishore Mahbubani, a professor at the National University of Singapore, said in an interview the other day that the financial turmoil in the U.S. triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 turned into a global financial crisis. Did anyone ask the U.S. to take the consequences?
“The U.S. must understand that their enemy is the virus, not China. The international community can only defeat the virus by pulling together. Attacking and discrediting other countries will not save the time and lives lost. We hope that those on the U.S. side will respect facts, science, and international consensus, stop attacking and blaming China for nothing, stop making irresponsible remarks, and focus instead on fighting the epidemic at home and promoting international cooperation,”