New clash between Washington and Beijing. The United States calls on China for “transparency” and “cooperation” on the origin of Covid-19. In a telephone conversation with his counterpart Yang Jiechi, the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken notably underlined “the need” for a deepening of the investigation of experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) in China on the origin of the virus, after criticism aimed at the first mission, according to a statement from the US State Department. The president of United States Joe Biden called American intelligence at the end of May, so far unable to decide between the thesis of an animal origin and that of a leak at the Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, to “redouble efforts” to explain the origin of Covid-19, and to provide a report within 90 days.
Antony Blinken also called on Beijing to “cease its campaign of pressure against Taiwan” and “to resolve peacefully” matters relating to the island. He referred to the “concern” of the United States about “the genocide and crimes against humanity in progress” aimed according to the American government at Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. But also about “the deterioration of democratic standards in Hong Kong”. This is the first exchange between the two men since their extremely tense meeting in March in Anchorage, Alaska, during which the two great rival powers had displayed their differences in front of cameras around the world, (…)
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