G-7 could not reach an agreement due to the US label “Wuhan virus”

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  • According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, foreign heads of state and government from the group of seven (G-7) have not agreed on a joint declaration due to disputes about the so-called coronavirus pandemic.
  • President Donald Trump and the leaders of Congress have called the corona virus – which has been confirmed to be found in 170 countries – the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus”.
  • “It’s not racist at all,” Trump said last week. “It comes from China, that’s why it comes from China. I want to be precise.”
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According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, foreign heads of state and government from the group of seven (G-7) have not agreed on a joint declaration due to disputes about the so-called coronavirus pandemic.

However, the State Department, led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, insisted during the preliminary talks to call the novel corona virus the “Wuhan virus” – its suspected place of origin in China, according to Der Spiegel. The differences between the other G7 countries and the United States were reportedly an obstacle to making a joint statement.

The upcoming meeting of the industrialized nations, which include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, is due to take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in late March, but is expected to be held by conference call due to the corona virus.

President Donald Trump and the leaders of Congress have called the corona virus – which has been confirmed to be found in 170 countries – the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus”. The heads of state and government also argue that the Chinese government has played down the virus and obscured information in the past before it spread beyond its borders and affected other nations.

“This is the Wuhan corona virus,” said Pompeo in early March. “Working with the Chinese Communist Party has proven incredibly frustrating.”

When asked about his description of the virus, Trump didn’t think it had racist undertones.

“It’s not racist at all,” Trump said last week. “It comes from China, that’s why it comes from China. I want to be precise.”

Critics have argued that characterizing the virus based on its country of origin caused xenophobic attitudes. Other diseases, including the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus – better known as “swine flu” – did not appear in the country of origin.

The World Health Organization urged people to be “careful” when labeling the coronavirus and found that “viruses know no borders and do not care about your ethnicity”.

The comments come from the fact that numerous hate crimes have been reported by people of Asian heritage around the world. The Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University have since created a website where people can report discriminatory behavior.

Trump said Monday that the Asian-American community should be “fully” protected “from xenophobic attacks during the coronavirus pandemic, including the targets of an” evil language “.

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