United States is expected to speak to China while pausing the Coronavirus blaming game and focusing on the challenges of the pandemic when leaders of the G20 nations hold talks via video conference on Thursday, according to the South China Morning Post said.
Citing a draft statement to be discussed at the summit, the leaders are expected to agree that the outbreak poses a threat to humans and will set up a mechanism to share information and experiences in fighting against the disease, the paper said,
The kingdom, which holds the G20 presidency this year, will host its leaders by video conference on Thursday amid criticism that the group has been slow to respond to the crisis.
“As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges to healthcare systems and the global economy, we convene this extraordinary G20 summit to unite efforts towards a global response,” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Twitter.
Earlier, U.S President Donald Trump said that he had decided to pull back from associating the novel coronavirus with China on Tuesday, which he called “China virus” instead of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 in his previous speech.
Furthermore, the focus will be on China and the United States, which have been engaged in a war of words over the outbreak, against the backdrop of a bitter trade dispute.
Some comments said that Trump was using the pandemic as a weapon to smear China while China quarantining millions of people, had earned the world “precious time” to prepare.
The two countries agreed to set aside their differences in preparatory talks for the G20 summit, the newspaper said, citing a diplomatic source familiar with the negotiations.
Since the virus has spread around worldwide, infecting more than 470,000 people and killing more than 20,000. The United States has registered more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths as the country confirmed more than 69,000 cases.
Today, the $2 trillion stimulus package that the U.S. Senate is working to approve is aimed at helping the country cope with the massive impact of the coronavirus pandemic.