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What is hiding behind American host's demand for apology from China?

By Xu Yicong (People's Daily Online)    10:02, March 07, 2020

A host from an American news channel demands an apology from the Chinese over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – in spite of the fact that the latter are risking their lives on the frontline to defeat the virus and safeguard the health of the human race.

This exposed nothing but the detestable and ridiculous mindset of certain Americans who call the color black the color white and kick people when they are down.

The measures China has taken to respond to the epidemic have been widely recognized and supported by international society. It seems like the U.S. government is the only one in the world that has been accusing China since the beginning in a totally groundless manner.

Moreover, now an American TV host is demanding an apology from China. What a shame!

However, there must be a reason for such remarks, and it’s very possible that the U.S. is hiding something and trying to put the blame on others.

The Chinese people and most people in the world are speaking the facts. For instance, the international community has been searching for the origin of the novel coronavirus, trying to figure out what caused the epidemic. Though there are suspects, the final conclusion has not been drawn.

Some believe that China is indeed a victim, and a scapegoat, which to some extent, holds water. Just as Chinese respiratory scientist Zhong Nanshan stressed – the fact that the virus had an outbreak in China first does not necessarily mean that it originated in the country.

As a responsible large country, China has not only achieved remarkable results in epidemic control within its own territory but also made contributions to the world, molding a template for other countries to use in the joint battle against the virus.

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that China’s forceful measures have won valuable time for the world to prepare for the epidemic, and UN chief António Guterres also said the country has made significant contributions to humanity.

Requesting an “apology,” the U.S. is indeed the country that should extend something nice to people around the world. In the past decades, the country has created various disasters around the globe – wars, economic loss and disease. The H1N1 flu, which broke out in the U.S. in 2009, spread to 214 countries and regions, killing at least 18,449 people that year. Who asked the United States to apologize?

The American host, who works in the media industry, shall start from facts, objectivity as well as justice. Then they should ask the White House to review its practices in this epidemic, as its responses at many critical times have been proven to be extremely wrong, and this has also been pointed out by the WHO on multiple occasions.

Therefore, the U.S. needs to do some reflecting and make clearly audible public apologies. However, it’s very possible that the host doesn’t have the guts to do so, even though he is living in the free world with the so-called “freedom of speech,”

The clown-like American host will never discourage the progress of the Chinese people. Such allegations will also never be enough to overshadow the courageous efforts made by the Chinese people serving on the frontline of the epidemic battle.

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