Didn’t ask Xi about coronavirus: Biden
Published: 10:01 AM, 9 April 2021
United States President Joe Biden addressed reporters in front of White House; on Thursday; Photo: Collected
US President Joe Biden said he did not ask about the “origin of the coronavirus” during the telephonic conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
He made the remarks while talking to reporters on Thursday about the Covid-19 vaccination in the United States and the spread of a new strain of the virus.
At the press conference, Fox News asked whether China had misled the world about the coronavirus from the beginning – did Biden asked Xi about this over the phone call. In response, Biden replied “No.”
“I didn’t have that much talk with President Xi. Thank You,” the US President said, then left the conference room.
Earlier, the White House reported that Biden had a telephonic conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 10. The two leaders then discussed the COVID pandemic, human rights, trade and Indo-Pacific security.
Last December, the New York Times and ProPublica published an investigative report stating that the Chinese government’s initial reaction to the spread of Covid-19 was that it had “adopted a policy of suppressing information”. Beijing remains steadfast in its policy until the virus spreads from China to the outside world.
President Joe Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed China for spreading the virus worldwide. He also blamed Beijing for failing to warn the world. The Chinese government, however, has denied the allegations from the beginning.