US wants UN to call out Chinese origins of coronavirus, Beijing resists

Washington: The Trump administration is pushing the UN Security Council to call attention to the Chinese origins of the coronavirus, triggering a stalemate as the global body seeks to cobble together a response to the pandemic, NBC reports.

Talks among UNSC nations over a joint declaration or resolution on the coronavirus have stalled over US insistence that it explicitly state that the virus originated in Wuhan, China, as well as exactly when it started there. China’s diplomats are enraged, even as they seek to put their own language into the statement praising China’s efforts to contain the virus.

The dispute at the United Nations comes amid growing finger-pointing between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed China for its spread, accusing Beijing of concealing early knowledge of the virus. Meanwhile, he was scheduled to speak late Thursday with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

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