“It’s not racist at all,” the president said. But experts warn that the term could lead to xenophobia
WASHINGTON -. President Trump Wednesday defended the practice more often refer to the “Virus China,” ignoring the growing chorus of criticism that it was racist and anti-Chinese.
“This is not a racist at all,” said Mr. Trump, explaining his reasons. Officials “It comes from China, that’s why.”
But the term has angered China and various critics, and Chinese experts say that the way the virus label will only ratchet up tensions between the two countries, while generating the kind of xenophobia that American leaders should avoid. incident-Asian American racial insults and physical violence because of misperception that China is the cause of the virus.
“The use of the term is not only corrosive vis-à-vis global audience, including here at home, it also triggers the narrative in Chinese hatred wider American and fear not only the Chinese Communist Party but China and Chinese people in general, “said Scott Kennedy, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
at the White House briefing on Tuesday, Mr Trump told reporters that he enclosed “China” with the name of the virus to combat the misinformation campaign promoted by Beijing officials that the US military is the source of the outbreak.
“I do not appreciate the fact that China said that the army we gave it to them,” said Mr. Trump. “I think that says that our military give it to them creates a stigma.”
Then on Wednesday morning, he sharply referring to the “China virus.” When he was asked about the term for another appearance at the daily White House briefing coronavirus later, he insisted that he only pointed to the fact :. That the disease was first detected in China
Public health officials have tried to avoid names that may lead to discriminatory behavior towards a place or ethnic group has since released for naming the virus in 2015. But after the briefing, the White House condemned the so-called “fake anger media,” pointing to other diseases that have given the name of the place, including the Ebola virus and West Nile virus.
Mr Kennedy said that the language of the past used by Mr. Trump and his government has eliminated the benefit of the doubt. “Given the long record of government statements and actions Trump immigration, immigrants and race issues,” he said, “The use of this term can not be interpreted as xenophobic and tinged with racist undertones.”
briefing on Wednesday, the reporter also asked the president what he thought of a White House official who was not named referring to the coronavirus as “Kung Flu.” Trump circled the question before asserted that China “may agree” with the virus coronavirus as the “Chinese”, although Chinese officials have made clear they do not.
historian of medical and public health experts – including some in the administration Mr. Trump – have emphasized that a pandemic did not have the ethnic and stressed that connect them with ethnic groups can lead to discrimination
But since the start of the outbreak in Wuhan, Mr. Trump. has repeatedly hinted in a public statement that he had seen the virus as a foreign threat, and has repeatedly highlighted the initial decision to close the US border with Chinese tourists.
“We closed down to China, sources, very, very early,” said Mr Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “Much earlier than even the professionals have a great wish to do. And I think, in the end, it would be -. Which will save a large number of lives “
But Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, said. Trump trip action falls far short of a comprehensive approach that would include testing and quarantine, and overall “too little, too late.”
viruses are most likely to appear in China in November or December, and it was clear that some tourists from China have spread the virus in the United States in January, before the restrictions went into place in early February, said Huang.
However, since the beginning of the outbreak, Trump and high-ranking government officials have been trying to pinpoint blame for the spreadvirus in China, and Beijing has responded in kind. finger-pointing in which the state has done less with a disease that has caused tension between the two countries almost every day.
On Tuesday, the Chinese government announced that it would, including The New York Times, in response to the government’s decision to limit the number Trump Chinese citizens working in the United States for five propaganda outlet.
And last week, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, that the United States was behind the virus. “Perhaps the US soldiers who brought the epidemic to Wuhan,” he said on Twitter. “Be transparent! Make your data public! The US owes us an explanation! “
The darker turn in US-China relations have spilled out into public bickering and mistrust of the private sector. While both countries have said that the trade agreement remains on track, US officials have blamed China for mishandling the epidemic coronavirus, as well as for cutting the export of medical face masks and other protective equipment.
And in Trump administration, some officials that China hawks had personally discussed the theory that the virus appeared out of the food market in Wuhan, due to report much of the news media have said, but from the state lab nearby China, where experts the virus is doing the research.
It was on Fox News by Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, an ally of Mr. Trump.
Charlie Woo, chief executive of Megatoys and public policy committee chairman of the Committee of 100, a leading Chinese-American organization, said the government’s language divide people during a national emergency.
“This crisis requires knowledge, facts and clear language, not fear-mongering, finger-pointing and xeno phobia by our public servants,” said Mr Woo said in a statement. “We are facing a global pandemic which calls for, a unified response truly global. Attempts to consider the virus to one culture, ethnicity or country can only hinder this effort, alienating people who can actually collaborate and support each other. “
Characteristically defiant in the face of criticism, an ally of the president to join him Wednesday in maintaining virus reference to China.
KellyAnne Conway, counselor to the president, said that Mr. Trump was just trying to be accurate. “I think what the president said is which first started,” he told reporters in the White House driveway.
Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, that “I do not understand why the Chinese mad bc we refer to the virus that originated there were ‘virus China’ Spain never got angry when we called the Spanish flu of 1918 & 1919. “
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this language is also extended to the presidential re-election effort .. In a message email to supporters and posted on its website, Trump-Pence campaign in 2020 triggered the urge to blame Beijing for the spread of the virus. It is also alleged that the former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the leading Democrat, from
“America under attack” siding with China. “- not only by the invisible virus, but by the Chinese,” says the appeal of the campaign, which was dated Wednesday
He added:. “What is Joe Biden up for all of this happen? Siding with China and the Chinese attacked the presidential candidate most feared. Donald Trump “
Perhaps no government officials have been consistent in linking the virus to China as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In Mr. Pompeo six times called coronavirus as “Wuhan virus,” after the city was the center of the virus in China.
Even as he said that “now is not the time for accusations,”. Mr. Pompeo also again accused China initially playing down the threat of what is now a pandemic
“We know this much: We know that the government was the first to realize the Wuhan virus is the Chinese government,” said Mr. Pompeo. “It imposes a special responsibility to raise the flag, said: ‘We have a problem. It is different and unique and presents a risk. ‘ And it took a very long time for the world to be aware of these risks were sitting there, who are in China. “
” The Chinese Communist Party has a responsibility to do this – not only to America and Italy and South Korea and Irans who now suffer, but for their own people as well, “said Mr. Pompeo.
Mr Pompeo said the expulsion was just the latest example of how China wants to “deny the ability to know what is really happening in their country in the world.”
Officials in China have openly doubted whether the coronavirus originated Wuhan, as health authorities believe.
But a senior State Department official said on Wednesday that President Xi Jinping of China in early January coronavirus repeatedly referred to as “Wuhan” disease, and that many Chinese people still do it.
Edward Wong contributed reporting.
Updated March 18, 2020
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