Once a year the Chinese foreign minister holds a highly-orchestrated press conference on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress. The questions are vetted and the answers prepared so the responses can be seen as a clear message from Beijing to the world.
Wang Yi said he hoped American people’s lives would soon return to normal but that it was “regrettable that a political virus [was] also spreading in the US, jumping at any opportunity to attack and slander China”.
He called on the US to stop “wasting precious time”, adding that people were dreaming if they thought China would pay compensation for damage caused by the pandemic.
The foreign minister also defended the World Health Organization, saying those countries which had ignored its advice were now “paying a heavy price”.