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Germany sends China £130billion bill for 'coronavirus damages' – sparks fury in Beijing

Germany sends China £130billion bill for 'coronavirus damages' – sparks fury in Beijing

GERMANY has rattled China after joining the UK, France and the US in a rare attack, after Berlin called out Beijing's responsibility for the global pandemic and even issued a £130bn invoice.

Germany has sparked outrage in China after a major newspaper put together a £130bn invoice that Beijing "owes" Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its coronavirus anger at China, where the virus originated. Recent attacks come amid findings that Beijing appeared to cover up 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 “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?”

President Trump and his senior aides have repeatedly accused China of lacking transparency.

This week the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started, revised its number of fatalities by with a sudden 50% jump in the figure.

The UK has joined US intelligence officials in investigating claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan virus lab and not a wet market. 

A bombshell op-ed this week in Germany's largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, joined this outrage by drawing up an itemised invoice for €149bn (£130b).

The list 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 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 responded by claiming the invoice "stirs up xenophobia and nationalism".

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  • hsusonhsuson PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited April 19

    CHINA VIRUS....
  • TrollmasterTrollmaster PEx Rookie ⭐
    haha, butthurt  ang pride ng China
  • Alpha_Greenv_2Alpha_Greenv_2 PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited April 20
    "China responded by claiming the invoice "stirs up xenophobia and nationalism".

    China now taking a page from the Democrats (and SJWs) playbook. When caught red handed or when someone calls you out - CRY XENOPHOBIA OR RACISM!

    Gaganti China ito for sure. Pano na kaya ang mga planta ng Volkswagen sa China and their targeted Chinese market?
  • ArnoldZArnoldZ PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited April 20
    China cannot pay Germany's demand!  China cannot afford to. If they pay Germany, other countries and the rest of the world will follow with their own demands! Except for the Philippines, of course.
  • hsusonhsuson PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^It shows how much the West hates China right now.

    China's ambition to be the top superpower is now SH!T
  • Plantation BoyPlantation Boy PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    The minimum amount US can sue China for is $2.3 trillion! That's the stimulus money made to businesses and individuals this month.
    Each State can file their own claim or a class action lawsuits.
  • TrollmasterTrollmaster PEx Rookie ⭐
    kawawang China, they should sell Hong Kong to the world, include their Taiwan's rights as well   :rofl:    :rofl:
  • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. PEx Veteran ⭐⭐

    US lawyers sue China for TRILLIONS of dollars as they accuse Beijing of negligence for allowing coronavirus outbreak to erupt before covering it up

    • Lawyers in the US have launched a landmark legal action to sue China 
    • Leaders accused of negligence for COVID-19 outbreak and then covering it up 
    • A second legal case accuses China of hoarding life-saving medical supplies 
    • Pressure is now on President Xi Jinping to account fully for his country’s actions 

    Lawyers in the US have launched a landmark legal action to sue China for trillions of dollars over the coronavirus pandemic, accusing its Communist leaders of negligence for allowing the outbreak to erupt and then covering it up. 

    The class action, which involves thousands of claimants from 40 countries including Britain and the US, was filed in Florida last month. 

    A second case launched this month on behalf of healthcare workers accuses China of hoarding life-saving medical supplies. 

    The legal challenges – set to be followed by another from Israeli human rights lawyers who specialise in suing states for terrorism – ramp up the pressure on President Xi Jinping to account fully for his country’s actions. 

    President Xi Jinping must answer tough questions over China’s actions on Covid-19, as lawyers in the US prepare to sue the nation for 'trillions' of dollars over the coronavirus outbreak


    There are calls also for the United Nations to set up an inquiry to establish how the coronavirus broke out in the city of Wuhan and then spread so fast around the world. 

    This follows a warning last week from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is running the Government while Boris Johnson recovers from the virus, that it could not be ‘business as usual’ after the crisis. 

    ‘We will have to ask the hard questions about how it came about and how it couldn’t have been stopped earlier,’ he said. 

    China faces accusations that it suppressed data, blocked several outside teams of public health experts and silenced doctors trying to warn about the epidemic when it broke out late last year.

    BRITS FEEL CHINA SHOULD PAY

    Nearly three-quarters of Britons think the UK should sue the Chinese Communist Party for compensation over its handling of Covid-19, a poll reveals. 

    The survey also finds that only a quarter support the Government’s plans to allow controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei a role in building Britain’s 5G network. 

    In the Survation poll of 1,001 people last week, 71 per cent said Britain should pursue China through the international courts. 

    Calls for an international inquiry into China’s handling of the outbreak were backed by 83 per cent, while 74 per cent blamed China for the pandemic. 

    On a future role for Huawei, 40 per cent of those surveyed opposed the move, with just 23 per cent in favour.

    It has also not been established if the source of the virus was a market selling live exotic animals, as first claimed, or if it is linked to research laboratories in Wuhan. 

    The US legal claim was launched by Berman Law Group, a Miamibased firm that employs the brother of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as an adviser. 

    Chief strategist Jeremy Alters said: ‘China’s leaders must be held accountable for their actions. Our goal is to expose the truth.’ Three years ago, the firm won a $1.2 billion (£960 million) case against China over the manufacture of defective building materials.

    Lawyers argue that although nations have legal immunity, there are exceptions under US law for personal or property damages and for actions abroad that impact on businesses in their own borders. 

    Plaintiffs include Olivier Babylone, 38, an estate agent from Croydon, South London, whose income has fallen by two-thirds and who was treated in hospital earlier this month for the virus. 

    He said: ‘I have been financially hurt, but many people have lost their lives so I was lucky, and the NHS was fantastic. We need to know who is responsible.’ 

    Joining him in the class action is Lorraine Caggiano, an administrator from New York who caught the virus along with nine other family members after attending a wedding. 

    Her father and aunt both died last month. She said: ‘I am not expecting money. It is a symbolic gesture that we are fighting back. 

    ‘I want to know how the world has been turned on its head, with people dying and companies going down the drain. We must make sure it never happens again.’ 

    A second legal case is being prepared by Shurat HaDin, an Israeli law centre that has represented victims of terrorism around the world. The centre’s Aviel Leitner said it would also launch its legal action in the US since ‘most other countries would be scared of China’s economic weight and retribution’. 

    The lawyers will argue that Beijing’s negligence and reckless behaviour was so bad that, as with terrorism, the state cannot hide behind sovereign immunity. 

    ‘China will fight it tooth and nail. If proved negligent, it would be catastrophe for them,’ said Mr Leitner. 

    Meanwhile, leading British human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson has called for the United Nations to set up an inquiry into the origins of Covid-19. This follows claims that the World Health Organisation, its public health body, failed in its duty by slavishly following China, which has led President Donald Trump to cut all US funding. 

    Mr Robertson, a former UN appeal judge, said the consequences of not tackling the virus at an early stage had been calamitous and facts were being distorted by propaganda and political point-scoring. 

    ‘Our international well-being demands an independent and objective report into this disaster, not to allocate blame but to write its truthful history and learn lessons,’ he said. He added that Britain should use its influence as a permanent UN Security Council member to urge a formal inquiry, forcing the WHO and China to co-operate. 

    He said: ‘China would suffer international hostility and perhaps economic sanctions if it refused to explain all that had happened. It has a duty to tell the truth to a world that has suffered so much.’ 

    Dr Yang Jianli, a leading Chinese dissident, called on democratic nations to back an inquiry, but doubted that the UN would ‘have the guts’.


  • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. PEx Veteran ⭐⭐

    Gravitas: Wuhan Coronavirus: New Demands to Make China Pay



  • Plantation BoyPlantation Boy PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    All clandestine and non-clandestine operatives of all nation's should unite to dispose of and completely wipe out the communist China government! No other ways about it! Annihilate communist government! The world and the Chinese people deserve better.
  • Plantation BoyPlantation Boy PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 4
    Newly leaked dossier makes claims about coronavirus origins [FOX News Videos] FOX News VideosMay 2, 2020 A research dossier compiled by ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance reports China intentionally hid or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus pandemic; reaction and analysis from former Chief of Staff Fred Fleitz.
    The "Five Eyes" (FVEY) refers to an alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement for joint cooperation in signals intelligence, military intelligence, and human intelligence.

  • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. PEx Veteran ⭐⭐

    UK PM Johnson orders for plans to end reliance on Chinese imports: The Times

    (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end UK's reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports in light of the coronavirus outbreak, The Times newspaper reported on Friday 

    The plans, which have been code named ‘Project Defend’, include identifying Britain’s main economic vulnerabilities to potentially hostile foreign governments as part of a broader new approach to national security, the newspaper reported, adding that the efforts are being led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

    Two working groups have been set up as part of the project, according to the report, with one source telling The Times that the aim was to diversify supply lines to no longer depend on individual countries for non-food essentials.

    Johnson told lawmakers he would take steps to protect Britain’s technological base, with the government review also expected to include personal protective equipment and drugs, the report added.

    The development comes as Beijing has been tackling mounting international criticism over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which began in China before spreading to the rest of the world.

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