By: David Brennan
A Chinese state-backed newspaper has again criticized the White House as the war of words between Washington, D.C. and Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Global Times—which is backed by the Chinese Communist Party and owned by the People's Daily newspaper, which is the CCP's official publication—published a scathing editorial attacking the U.S. response to COVID-19 as the number of confirmed cases nationwide passed 1 million on Tuesday.
The article suggested that the infection toll, now at 1,012,583 with 58,355 deaths as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University and as illustrated in the below Statista infographic, shows the U.S. is "no superpower."
Spread of COVID-19 across the U.S.STATISTA
"The U.S. government has failed its people and also failed the world," Global Times wrote.
Also on Wednesday, Global Times editor Hu Xijin attacked President Donald Trump on Twitter. Hu cited the president's claim that the U.S. number is so high because the nation's "Testing is sooo much better than any other country in the World." Hu said the comment showed Trump "feels no guilt" about the suffering of Americans.
Global Times suggested that the situation has gotten so bad in the U.S. "because they are in too much despair to fight." China and its state media outlets have repeatedly maligned the U.S. response to the pandemic, framing Trump's administration as incompetent.
"The number of infections and deaths will continue to rise," the newspaper predicted, noting that the poorest Americans are most at risk. "A super power shouldn't lead the virus fight in this way," the editorial read. "It's time for the U.S. to wake up."