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Germany Asks China To Pay £130billion As ‘Coronavirus Damages’

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Germany Asks China To Pay £130billion As ‘Coronavirus Damages’

Germany has caused indignation in China after a major newspaper put together a £130bn invoice that Beijing “owes” Berlin following the impact of the coronaviruspandemic. Germany has joined France, the UK and the US in channeling its coronavirus wrath at China, where the virus originated.

The list in the invoice includes a €27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, up to €7.2 billion for the German film industry, a million euros an hour for German airline Lufthansa and €50 billion for German small businesses.

Bild Newspaper of Germany calculated that this amounts to €1,784 (£1,550) per person if Germany’s GDP falls by 4.2 percent, under the title “What China owes us.”

China retorted by claiming the invoice “stirs up xenophobia and nationalism”.

Bild Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt refuted the reprobation, stating: “We asked in our newspaper Bild whether China should pay for the massive economic damage the coronavirus is inflicting worldwide.

“Xi Jinping, your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it.”

“Your top experts didn’t respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan.

“You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace.”

On Saturday, Donald Trump admonished that China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump told reporters: “It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it.

“If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there should be consequences.

He said the Chinese were “embarrassed” and the question was whether what happened with the coronavirus was “a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?”

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