Date: September 24, 2020
By: Hira Humayun and Zamira Rahim, CNN
(CNN)China's Ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that the US has "created enough troubles for the world already" as the two6/ nations continued to spar over the coronavirus pandemic during a tense meeting of the UN Security Council.
US Representative to the UN Kelly Craft criticized China over what she said was a "decision to hide the origins of this virus, minimize its danger, and suppress scientific cooperation." Craft claimed Beijing's actions "transformed a local epidemic into a global pandemic."
China's Zhang Jun swiftly rejected Craft's characterization of events.
"I must say, enough is enough. You have created enough troubles for the world already," Zhang said.
"Regrettably, we have once again heard noises from the US that are so at odds with the atmosphere of the meeting."
Contrast couldn't be greater between Trump and Xi at the UN, but Chinese leader is the true authoritarian
Zhang added that Beijing rejected the "baseless" accusations.
The spat came two days after US President Donald Trump used much of his pre-recorded video address to the General Assembly to blame China for the Covid-19 pandemic and for withholding information about the virus.
On Tuesday, Trump accused Beijing of "allowing flights to leave China and infect the world" and referred to Covid-19 as the "China virus" on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Zhang said the US had only itself to blame. Since January, the US has diagnosed more than 6 million coronavirus cases in its population, and lost more than 200,000 lives to the illness.
The Russian representative at the Thursday session also criticized Craft's accusations.
"We regret the fact that the representative of the United States chose this meeting and the platform of the UN Security Council to make unfounded accusation against one of the members of the Security Council," said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia. [FULL STORY]