NBC News foreign affairs correspondent Ken Dilanian lauded China, saying Thursday that the country established itself as “global leader” because of its purportedly great response to coronavirus.
With Italy in dire need of medical equipment, an economic superpower stepped in to help.— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) March 26, 2020
No, not the United States.
It was China.
As the U.S. struggles to stem the coronavirus, China positions itself as global leader https://t.co/PVCGozwEfF via @nbcnews
Dilanian later retweeted the thoughts of Jude Blanchette, fellow for Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), who accused the U.S. of “bungling this in a fairly open and transparent manner.”
China has been accused of covering up evidence and testimony related to the coronavirus when it first appeared in the city of Wuhan. The Communist party leadership allegedly silenced doctors and others trying to speak out fully about the effects of COVID-19, including the damage the virus did and the potential damage it could do.
“We’re bungling this in a fairly open and transparent manner,” said China expert Jude Blanchette of CSIS. “Beijing’s push for global leadership is able to get so much tailwind by virtue of the relative absence of any U.S. leadership.” https://t.co/PVCGozwEfF— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) March 26, 2020
This follows the media concerted effort to label the use of the term "Chinese virus" as xenophobic.
“It took an awful long time for the world to become aware of this risk that was sitting there residing inside of China,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted earlier in March.