“China’s going to pay a big price for what they’ve done to this country. China’s going to pay a big price for what they’ve done to the world.”
US President Donald Trump has threatened China over the spread of COVID-19, saying the country "will pay a big price" for what the virus has done to America.
In a video message uploaded to Twitter, Mr Trump speaks at length about the personal success he has had in treating the virus with the experimental drug Regeneron.
Pledging to make the drug free and widely available to Americans, the President then turned his attention to China, doubling down on threats following the global pandemic.
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"It wasn't your fault that this happened, it was China's fault," Mr Trump said.
"China's going to pay a big price for what they've done to this country. China's going to pay a big price for what they've done to the world.
"This was China's fault. And just remember that."
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President Trump's criticism of China is not a single isolated incident in recent days.
He has repeatedly labelled the disease "the Chinese Plague", "the Chinese virus" and the "China virus" in tweets.
"My highly regarded Executive Order protected 525,000 American jobs during the height of the Chinese Plague. Democrats want to have Open Borders!" Mr Trump tweeted.
On October 3, the Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai tweeted his country's well wishes to Mr Trump in his recovery from the virus.
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"My best wishes to President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS for a speedy and full recovery," Mr Tiankai said.
A day earlier, prior to the President's positive diagnosis, he tweeted that China wished for a "sound and stable" relationship with the US.
"We believe that a sound & stable China-US relationship is in the interests of both countries, and it is needed for achieving the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and building a community with a shared future for mankind," Mr Tiankai tweeted.
Chinese President Xi Jinping later sent a message of sympathy Saturday to Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump following their coronavirus diagnosis, state TV reported.
"My wife, Peng Liyuan, and I express our sympathies to you and your wife and wish you a fast recovery," state TV on its website cited the message as saying.
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