Reuters: Australia annoyed as U.S. pushes Wuhan laboratory’s COVID-19 theory
“Australian officials are frustrated that their pressure for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus is being undermined by the White House, which sought to link the epidemic to a Chinese laboratory, government, diplomatic and intelligence sources told Reuters. .. “(Needham / Packham, 5/8).
Reuters: Wuhan market has played a role in the virus epidemic, but more research is needed: WHO
“A wholesale market in the central city of Wuhan, China, played a role in the outbreak of the new coronavirus last year, as a source or perhaps as an” amplifying framework, “said Friday. the World Health Organization, calling for more research… ”(Nebehay, 5/8).
Reuters: U.S. ambassador to China says rising Sino-US tensions are not helpful
“The rise in Sino-American tensions is problematic and undermines the broad multinational cooperation necessary to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, said the European Union ambassador to China on Thursday …” (Woo et al., 5/7 ).
Washington Post: China, United States maintain trade deal as coronavirus crisis pushes relations to the lowest level in decades
“US and Chinese economic officials took a conciliatory tone during a call on Friday as they discussed China’s prospects for a” phase 1 “trade deal that President Trump has threatened to break in the coming days as bilateral relations collapse.… This call was the first dialogue between high-level trade officials since the signing of the partial agreement in the East Room of the White House on January 15. The coronavirus, which at that time already swept the city of Wuhan, erupted the following week, when the Chinese authorities finally recognized its infectious potential and rushed to isolate the central province of Hubei… “(Shih, 5/8).