China says Trump 'spreading political virus' at UN

US President Donald Trump addresses the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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NEW YORK - China accused Donald Trump of spreading a "political virus" at the United Nations after the US leader delivered a harsh attack on Beijing over the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"When the international community is really fighting hard against the COVID-19, the United States is spreading a political virus here in the General Assembly," China's ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, told reporters.

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"I have to emphasise that the US noise is incompatible with the general atmosphere of the General Assembly."

Trump, in his speech to the General Assembly beforehand, lashed out at Beijing over what he called the "China virus."

Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 22 – 29 September 2020).

In remarks reminiscent of a campaign rally, Trump asked the world to take action over China's spreading of the "plague."

Trump has repeatedly sought to blame China over the pandemic that has claimed 200,000 lives in the United States, more than in any other country.