A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a banner of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a banner of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai | Representational image | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg
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New Delhi: With more than 4.2 lakh confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and a total lockdown in many countries, the anger against China, the country where the infection started spreading, is palpable on social media.

The hashtag #MakeChinaPay began trending on Twitter Wednesday, with people expressing their frustration at China, and many calling for a boycott of Chinese products.

Forced into quarantine and self-isolation due to the deadly virus, people are calling for revocation of China’s position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and are also demanding that the country pay compensation to other countries infected by the virus.

In the US, some people have taken this beyond social media and have filed lawsuits against China, blaming it for the coronavirus outbreak. While one lawsuit was filed in Florida, a second has been filed in Texas for $20 trillion by lawyer and right-wing activist Larry Klayman.

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Klayman’s advocacy group Freedom Watch and Buzz Photos filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in North Texas, alleging that the novel coronavirus was “designed by China to be a biological weapon of war”.

Klayman accused the Chinese of developing the virus in a laboratory with the aim to “kill US citizens and other persons and entities in nations perceived to be an enemy of China”.


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‘Chinese Virus’

Even US President Donald Trump and senior members of his administration have been referring to Covid-19 as the ‘Chinese virus’.

In response, China Xinhua News, the country’s official state-run press agency, called the move racist and said, “Racism is not the right tool to cover your own incompetence.”

In order to curb the stigma against China, UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) also clarified that “viruses have no nationality” and that the “fight against coronavirus needs science and not stigma”.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong condemned the labelling of Covid-19 as ‘Chinese Virus’ and said he hoped India would oppose such a narrow mindset.

The novel coronavirus first broke out in Wuhan city in China’s Hubei province in December 2019, and has now spread to 197 countries across the world. China has the highest number of reported cases — more than 81,000 — while Italy has recorded the highest death toll from the virus. Nearly 7,000 people have died in the country, and Italy is still struggling to contain the infection.


Also read: Spreading fake news, rumours on Covid-19 can land you in jail for a year


 

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Why can’t we call it the Chinese flu… why do there leaders call it narrow minded if we do!! It started in China therefore be responsible for you actions. Instead of sweeping it under the carpet. Name and shame!!! Remember the world isn’t a communist place we still have freedom of speech or opinions!!

  2. WHETHER WE CAN PUNISH CHINA OR NOT , ONE THING HAS BEEN PROVED BEYOND DOUBT BY THIS CORONA MENACE THAT SOME ASIAN /THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES CAN BE FAR MORE DEVASTATING TO THE HUMAN RACE COMPARED TO ENTIRE WHITE MAN’S ATROCITIES PUT TOGETHER MANY TIMES MORE…..THE REAL NEMESIS OF HUMANITY IS NOT USA OR EUROPEAN POWER BUT BLOODY CHINA. CHINA IS AN INTENSELY CORRUPT COUNTRY AND IT HAS NO HUMAN RIGHTS. ITS MONSTROSITY WILL END UP ONE DAY AS MONSTERS NEXUS CANNOT SURVIVE. THEN THAT COUNTRY WILL CRUMBLE PATHETICALLY AS IT HAS NO EXPERIENCE WITH DEMOCRACY OR PEOPLES RULE. CHINA IS THE REAL KALI.

  3. Seems china deliberately relesed the virus after having some vaccine/medicine ready, else why did other parts of china not see pandemic?

  4. China should be fined. First for covering up Covid 19 at the start of the outbreak. And for the destruction of wildlife in the world because Chinese demand is driving wildlife poaching from Africa to India, wildlife trafficking and consumption. And last but not the least for grotesque human rights violations. No more business with China till they sort this out.

  5. Yes they did, hurt whole nation right now. Now they try to cover . Big shame China totally boycott We don’t want any product even paper from China .

  6. China is fully responsible for the corona virus outbreak, they have to act now & stop the eating of live bats, rats, mice & dogs & other animals they decide to eat , some of the footage I’ve seen has been shocking with people eating live bats & mice , I don’t believe it’s down to a manufactured biological weapon. The virus came from the markets in Wuhan, China should be made to pay compensation to every country infected & with fatalities, sanctioned & I for one will boycott anything China related , the whole world is angry with China for covering up about the Corona virus outbreak & can’t be trusted

  7. 0ut of 198 affected countries even if 50 countries fire 5 nukes a piece all to gether on china at same time.. problem solved !!!

  8. World should see china as an emerging enemy as it is only trying to loot the world by high interest rates and And paralyzing the world by letting all people go to their respective countries carrying the viruses. And even Chinese people are sent as carrier’s of the viruses to various countries. China could have contained the virus by not allowing anyone to go out of china. But it did opposite.

    Now it’s trying to give help to india. But in fact it’s a backstabber

  9. The first thing to do is call the disease by its correct name “Wuhan Virus Disease” Viral pandemics are named after their place of origin – like Nipah virus, Spanish Influenza, Japanese Encephalitis etc.
    Second thing is – publicly present a bill for economic damages to China. Privately, maybe status of Arunachal Pradesh can be settled permanently with them in lieu of compensation.
    This govt needs to have guts – just getting by with blaming Pakistan or Nehru-Gandhis will not work anymore.

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