“Once upon a time there was a virus”: China mocks the response of the American coronavirus in a Lego-type animation

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has released a short animation titled “Once upon a time there was a virus” mocking the US response to the new coronavirus using Lego-type figures to represent the two countries.

FILE PHOTO – Chinese and American flags fly near the Bund, before the US trade delegation meets its Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China, July 30, 2019. REUTERS / Aly Song

Washington and Beijing are locked in a war of words over the origins of the disease, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has become a global pandemic.

US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was convinced the coronavirus could have come from a Chinese virology laboratory, but declined to describe the evidence.

In the animation published online by the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, red curtains open to reveal a scene representing Lego-type characters in the form of a terracotta warrior wearing a facial mask and the statue of Liberty.

“We have discovered a new virus,” says the warrior.

” So what? Answers the Statue of Liberty. “It’s just a flu. “

As the warrior issues warnings about the virus and counts the dark stages of the epidemic in China, the Statue of Liberty responds with disdain by echoes of Trump’s press conferences during which he minimized the severity of the disease .

“Do you listen to yourself?” Asks the warrior as the statue begins to turn red with fever and connects to an intravenous drip.

“We are always right, even if we contradict each other,” replies the statue.

“This is what I like about you Americans, your consistency,” said the warrior.

The United States and other countries have accused China of misleading the world as to the severity of the epidemic, and calls for an international investigation into the origins of the virus are increasing .

In an interview with Reuters, Trump said he believed China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was proof that Beijing “would do everything it could” to lose its candidacy for re-election in November.

Engen Tham report; Editing by Stephen Coates

Our standards:Principles of the Thomson Reuters Trust.

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