'Once Upon a Virus': China scoffs at US coronavirus response USA

SHANGHAI: China has released a short titled Once Upon a Virus that taunts the United States' response to the new one using Lego-like figures to represent the two countries.

Washington and Beijing are caught in a war of words over the origins of the disease, which erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has become a global pandemic.

The american president Donald trump He said Thursday that he was confident the coronavirus could have originated from a Chinese virology laboratory, but declined to describe the evidence.

In the animation published online by China's official news agency, red curtains are opened to reveal a stage with Lego figures in the form of a terracotta warrior wearing a face mask and the Statue of Liberty.

We discovered a new virus, says the warrior.

And that? answers the statue of liberty. It's just a flu.

As the warrior issues warnings about the virus and recounts grim milestones in the China outbreak, the Statue of Liberty responds dismissively with echoes of Trump's press conferences in which he downplayed the severity of the disease.

Are you listening to each other? asks the warrior when the statue begins to turn red with fever and is hooked on an intravenous drip.

We are always correct, even if we contradict ourselves, the statue responds.

That's what I love about you Americans, your consistency, says the warrior.

The United States and other countries have accused China of misleading the world about the severity of the outbreak, and there are increasing calls for an international investigation 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 everything it can to make it lose its reelection bid in November.

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