China defends virus record, accuses US of ‘groundless’ distraction May 05, 2020 0 121 12345 DPABerlinChinese state media hit back at the US on Monday, accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of trying to distract from its own “incompetence” with allegations about the spread of the novel coronavirus.The commentary in the Global Times newspaper, published under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily, dismissed as “groundless” allegations China had covered up the scale of the coronavirus outbreak.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that intelligence agencies were following up “significant” evidence that the virus came from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan was “bluffing,” it added.“The truth is that Pompeo does not have any evidence,” the paper wrote. “If Washington has solid evidence, then it should let research institutes and scientists examine and verify it.” The US government’s goal was to blame China for the pandemic, the paper wrote, as well as to manipulate public opinion and to avoid being accused of “pandemic malfeasance.” “The ultimate goal now is to win the election,” the paper wrote of President Donald Trump’s efforts to gain a second term in November.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meanwhile said it was “too early to draw firm conclusions,” about the theory that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory, Canadian media reported.Canada is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance with the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.Scientists consider it more likely the virus was transmitted to humans from bats via another animal. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus cases pass 145,000 in new European blackspot Russia May 05, 2020 0 414 Japan extends pandemic state of emergency until May 31 May 05, 2020 0 484 Train fares for regional migrants in India spark political furore May 05, 2020 0 105 Trans-Tasman travel on the agenda for NZ and Australian PMs meeting DPA Wellington The possibility of making it easier to travel between their two countries will be on the agenda as New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern joins Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday. At a .. China province launches anti-racism push after outrage AFP Beijing China’s southern Guangdong province has launched a raft of anti-discrimination policies targeting businesses and venues after a heavy-handed crackdown on the African community sparked international .. Bangladesh to reopen shopping centres amid virus shutdown DPA Dhaka Amid a nationwide shutdown, Bangladesh has decided to reopen shopping centres from the weekend to allow people to buy goods ahead of the Muslim Eid-al-Fitr festival, the government said on Monday. The shopping .. Malaysians cautiously embrace partial lifting of COVID-19 lockdown DPA Kuala Lumpur After seven weeks of being told by authorities to “dudak rumah,” or stay at home, Malaysians tentatively resumed some aspects of pre-coronavirus life on Monday. Some businesses reopened and .. Vietnam fisheries reject Chinese fishing ban in disputed waters DPA Hanoi A Vietnamese professional fishing association on Monday rejected a recent Chinese fishing ban imposed on disputed waters in the South China Sea. “The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VFS) strongly opposes China’s ..