The comments were part of an essay published on the Chinese embassy in France website on Sunday. Entitled “Restoring Distorted Facts – Observations of a Chinese Diplomat Seconded to Paris,” the essay criticized the West’s attempts to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis. The author said western states were slow and complacent in responding to the killer virus epidemic, before targeting French nurses in nursing homes for the aged.
The writer denounced French caregivers for “having abandoned their posts overnight … and leaving their residents to die of hunger and disease”.
The comments enraged the French political community, politicians rushing to defend the nursing staff.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has summoned Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye for a meeting at his offices on the Orsay wharf.
In a statement released later, Le-Drian said, “I clearly expressed my disapproval of some recent comments when the ambassador … was summoned this morning.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs added: “There is no room for controversy and France is working hard in favor of unity, solidarity and greater international cooperation.
“The acts of reciprocal solidarity between China and France bear witness to our desire to face them in a coordinated manner. “
This latest attack on the Western government’s management of the coronavirus pandemic appears to be part of a campaign by Beijing to divert blame from the global health crisis.
Critics have accused China of trying to mask the magnitude of its own COVID-19 crisis, as well as minimize its severity, which some say has affected the rest of the global response to the deadly virus .
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In March, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian pointed the finger at the United States.
In a series of tweets published this month, Zhao hinted that the coronavirus may have been deliberately spread by the United States military.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs appears to be trying to link the US military’s participation in the International Military World Games which were held in Wuhan in October of last year, with the subsequent epidemic of the deadly virus.
The complaint was vigorously dismissed by US officials, who called it a baseless “conspiracy theory”.
A Trump administration spokesperson told reporters, “China is seeking to divert critics for its role in triggering a global pandemic and not tell the world.
“Spreading conspiracy theories is dangerous and ridiculous. “