Germany sends £ 130billion coronavirus compensation invoice to China for ‘coronavirus compensation’ – Anger in Beijing
GERMANY has rushed China after joining the UK, France and the United States in a rare attack, after Berlin claimed Beijing’s responsibility for the global pandemic and even issued a £ 130bn invoice.
Germany has sparked anger in China after a major newspaper produced a £ 130bn invoice that Beijing “owes” to Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its coronavirus anger in China, where the virus originated. Recent attacks come amid findings that Beijing appears to be dealing with the true scale of the crisis, as the source of the outbreak remains a mystery.
On Saturday, Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it was “consciously aware” of releasing 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 deliberately responsible, then there should be consequences.
He said the Chinese were “ashamed” and the question was whether what happened with the coronavirus was a “mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?”
President Trump and his senior aides have repeatedly accused China of lack of transparency.
This week, the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began, reviewed its number of deaths with a sudden jump of 50% in the figure.
The UK has joined forces with US intelligence officials to investigate claims that the virus originated from Wuhan’s virus lab and not a wet market.
A bombshell chosen this week in Germany’s largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, countered this anger by drawing up an itemized invoice for € 149bn (£ 130b).
The list includes a charge of € 27 billion for lost tourism revenue, up to € 7.2 billion for the German film industry, one million euros per hour for the German airline Lufthansa and € 50 billion for German small business.
Bild calculated that this equates to € 1,784 (£ 1,550) per head if Germany’s GDP falls by 4.2 per cent, under the title “What China owes.”
China responded by claiming the invoice “aggravates xenophobia and nationalism”.
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REF : express.co.uk