The leaders from the Group of Seven (G-7) nations want to put out a joint declaration on the coronavirus, but they’ve been unable to come to an agreement on the language to be used. According to a report from the German magazine Der Spiegel, there’s a simple explanation for that failure: The U.S. is pushing the group to hold China responsible for the disease by using the terminology “Wuhan Virus” in the declaration. The other countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK – are pushing back in apparent fear of getting into a rift with one of the world’s largest economies.
The G-7 meeting was scheduled to take place in Pittsburgh this week, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the dangers of large gatherings at a time of increased social distancing. Instead, the leaders met through video conferencing.
In comments to the media on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplayed any disagreements among the nations.
“I always think about these meetings the right answer is to make sure we have the same message coming out of it,” Pompeo said. “I am confident that when you hear the other six foreign ministers speak, they will have a common understanding of what we talked about today.
“Make no mistake about it,” he continued, “everyone in that meeting this morning was very focused on making sure that we not only solve the health crisis associated with the Wuhan virus but also the economic challenges that face the globe as we confront it as well.”
China (and many in the identity-politics-obsessed left) has been outraged by the U.S. government’s efforts to hold them accountable for the outbreak with terms like “Wuhan Flu” and “Chinese coronavirus.” They have even taken to such silly measures as blaming the U.S. for creating the disease and then dispersing it in Wuhan. Literally no one is fooled by these anemic efforts to deflect responsibility, but even agreeing to wink and pretend is an incalculable gift to China’s leadership.
On Wednesday, Pompeo said it was essential to remember that China’s actions are directly to blame for the scale and scope of the pandemic.
“We’ve wanted to work with the Chinese Communist Party throughout this crisis — this crisis that began in Wuhan, China,” Pompeo said. “We tried, you’ll remember, from the opening days to get our scientists, our experts on the ground there so that we could begin to assist in the global response to what began there in China, but we weren’t able to do that. The Chinese Communist Party wouldn’t permit that to happen.”
He concluded: “The Chinese Communist Party poses a substantial threat to our health and way of life, as the Wuhan virus outbreak clearly has demonstrated.”
Yes, but will the world wake up and see it?