Trump attacks China over Covid ‘plague’ as Xi urges collaboration in virus fight

  • US president uses speech to denounce China, UN and WHO
  • Beijing has ‘no intention to fight a cold war’ – Chinese leader

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping offered starkly contrasting responses to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, with the US president blaming Beijing for unleashing a “plague” on the world – and his Chinese counterpart casting the fight against the virus as an opportunity for international cooperation.

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