Foreign ministers representing seven major industrialized countries disagreed in a joint statement Wednesday after the Trump administration insisted it refer to the coronavirus outbreak as “Wuhan virus,” three officials from G- 7 told The Washington Post.
Other countries in the world powers group rejected the term because they viewed it as being inseparable from a time when international cooperation was needed to slow global pandemics and address the lack of medical supplies, the source said. officers.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed criticism for his use of the term, saying it was important to point out that the virus originated in the city of Wuhan and that the Chinese government has a unique responsibility to warn the world of its dangers .
Asked about a report that his coercion over the term had caused a G-7 meeting uprising, Pompeo did not deny the charge but said any disagreements with the group were tactical and not kidnapping of nature.
Pompeo did not deny the charge but said that any disagreement with the group was tactical and not kidnapping in nature
“Make no mistake about it, everyone at this morning’s meeting is committed to ensuring that we not only solve the health crisis associated with the Wuhan virus but also the economic challenges the world faces as we face it,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have weakened the reference to the novel coronavirus by a geographical denomination amid concerns that such terms are linked to increased discrimination and targeted violence against Asian Americans.
President Trump and some Republican lawmakers referred to the outbreak as the “China virus.”
Pompeo, in his statement on Wednesday, doubled down on his criticism of Beijing.
“We tried, remember, from the opening days to get our scientists, our experts on the ground there so that we could start helping with the global response to what started there in China, but we haven’t done that. The Chinese Communist Party does not allow that to happen, “he said.
“The Chinese Communist Party poses a major threat to our health and way of life, as evidenced by the emergence of the Wuhan virus,” Pompeo added.
The Communist Party of China poses a major threat to our health and way of life, as the Wuhan virus clearly shows.
A European official said there were several disagreements with members of the G-7 on Wednesday but acknowledged that the “Wuhan virus” had brought about the most important obstacle. Apart from viewing the term as inappropriate, some officials noted that experts could not say with absolute certainty that the virus originated in Wuhan until further research was conducted.
When asked about the disagreement, a State Department spokesperson noted that the group of nations released a joint statement on March 16 regarding the pandemic.
Washington’s insistence on using the word “Wuhan virus” was first reported by Der Spiegel.
The G-7 meeting was originally scheduled to be held in Pittsburg, but organizers moved to the video conference because of the spread of the outbreak, which resulted in more than 435,000 infections and more than 20,000 deaths worldwide.