China has published a short animation titled ‘Once Upon a Virus’ mocking the U.S. response to the new coronavirus.
In the video, which has been viewed 1.6 million times on Twitter, a warrior representing China repeatedly warns the US (represented by a rather obnoxious Statue of Liberty) about the severity of the problem.
The US dismisses the warnings, echoing conservative talking points about lockdowns as a violation of human rights (paywall), and later criticizes China for not warning it sooner. By that point, the Statue of Liberty looks severely ill, and is hooked up to an IV.
The video ends with her saying, “We are always correct, even when we contradict ourselves,” while China responds: “That’s what I love best about you Americans, your consistency.”
Washington and Beijing are locked in a war of words over the origins of the disease, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has grown into a global pandemic.
The United States and other countries have accused China of misleading the world about the severity of the outbreak, and there are growing calls for an international inquiry into the origins of the virus.
In an interview with Reuters, Trump said he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is proof that Beijing ‘will do anything they can’ to make him lose his re-election bid in November. He said he was confident the coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese virology lab, but declined to describe the evidence