Why Is China Blaming America for Spreading 'Panic' Over the Coronavirus?

Gordon G. Chang

As coronavirus cases and deaths spike in China, the regime in Beijing is looking for a devil to blame.

The U.S. has “unceasingly manufactured and spread panic,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at the beginning of this month about the coronavirus epidemic, which has now spread to much of China.​

In the same vein, the Global Times, a Communist Party-controlled tabloid, has accused the U.S. of “immoral” conduct and repeatedly claimed the West’s response to the disease is stained by “racism” and a “ ‘yellow peril’ mythology.” The paper also said, referring to the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, that “the U.S. failed to adopt effective control measures, causing a worldwide spread of the virus.” In fact, the U.S. response to the virus, which first appeared in Mexico, was generally considered both swift and effective.

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