This year’s summit at New York is largely being held virtually, with world leaders providing pre-recorded speeches.
“We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague on to the world – China,” Trump said in his prerecorded speech
In the earliest days of the virus China locked down travel domestically, while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world. China condemned my travel ban on their country, even as they cancelled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes,” he added.
Tensions are high between the US and China on a number of other issues, including trade, technology, Hong Kong and China’s treatment of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province.
Speaking soon after the US leader, President Xi warned of the risks of a “clash of civilisations”.
But xi jinping said “We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation. We will not seek to develop only ourselves or engage in zero sum game,”
In his speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country had “no intention to enter a Cold War with any country”..