The editor-in-chief of a Chinese state-run newspaper has launched an astonishing attack on Donald Trump, accusing the US president of 'publicly lying about China'.
Hu Xijin, the outspoken head of Communist propaganda outlet the Global Times, branded the American public as being 'easily fooled' because, as he said, Trump had managed to 'boost himself in the US and shirk his responsibility for failing to fight the epidemic'.
Hu's explosive criticism comes after Trump claimed to have seen evidence that the virus started in a virology laboratory in Wuhan and threatened new tariffs on China.
Beijing insists the WHO has found no evidence that the novel coronavirus was man-made.
Hu Xijin, 60, has been one of the frontmen of China's media propaganda campaigns to the West. The editor (pictured in 2019) sharpened his rhetoric against Trump in an op-ed today
Trump (pictured on April 30) yesterday made the explosive charge that the coronavirus - which has killed more than 233,000 worldwide and wreaked havoc on the global economy - might have been created in a Chinese lab. He also threatened to impose new tariffs on China
Hu, 60, has been one of the frontmen of China's media propaganda campaigns to the West.
His newspaper dishes out critiques towards the Trump administration nearly every day amid the global outbreak.
Hu himself is an avid user of Twitter, one of the many Western social media platforms banned in China due to their uncensored nature.
The editor sharpened his rhetoric against Trump in his latest op-ed published today.
He first hailed Beijing for making 'right decisions' in its handling of the outbreak and then expressed his 'surprise' at Washington's 'failure'.
He wrote: 'Isn't the US a democratic society? How come American lives are so much "cheaper" than Chinese lives?
'China would not accept high death tolls from the epidemic, but in the US 1,000 to 2,000 people die every day. US President Donald Trump really doesn't seem to be taking people's lives seriously – all for the sake of an election.'
The US has become the country worst-hit by the deadly disease, with over 63,000 deaths
More than one million American people have tested positive as the disease sweeps the country
Coronaviruses are so named because their structure has jagged edges which look like a royal crown – corona is crown in Latin (Pictured, an illustration of the COVID-19 virus released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
The US has become the country worst-hit by the deadly disease. More than 63,000 Americans have died, and over one million are now infected.
China has reported just 4,633 deaths and 82,874 confirmed cases. These figures, however, have sparked wide-spread doubts, with critics and politicians accusing the Communist party of fudging numbers to conceal its real losses.
Hu admitted that 'some Chinese experts made some misjudgments at the early stage of the outbreak' before quickly pointing his finger at Trump, saying that the US President 'had repeatedly downplayed the risk of the outbreak and brushed aside warnings'.
He continued: 'Then there is the fact that Trump can boost himself in the US and shirk his responsibility for failing to fight the epidemic by publicly lying about China.
'Why is the American public so easily fooled?'
Despite bragging about his great relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the pandemic, Donald Trump yesterday threatened more sanctions against Beijing. The two leaders are pictured shaking hands during a meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka in 2019
Hu concluded his column by urging the Chinese public to stay alert to prevent another outbreak – but not without highlighting America's 'poor' performance.
He said: 'Although the US has done very poorly in its fight against the epidemic, [the epidemic's] endurance is unmatched.
'If the outbreak goes on like this for a few years, and the US keeps losing a lot of people, that country will probably still be able to adapt to the situation.
'But imagine if something similar happened in China;