US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that China has caused a “huge challenge” for the global as well as the US economy by not sharing the information they had and it “will pay a price” for it.
Over the lack of transparency in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, China has come under increasing pressure from nations across the world, especially US.
The pandemic has so far claimed more than 190,870 lives globally, with the United States leading the tally with nearly 50,000 deaths.
President Donald Trump had said his administration was looking into reports that the novel coronavirus “escaped” from a Wuhan virology laboratory before it spread to the world.
“I am very confident that the Chinese Communist Party will pay a price for what they did here, certainly from the United States. I don’t know exactly what form that will take,” Pompeo told Fox News in an interview on Thursday night.
However, he mentioned that the focus was not on China now but the US administration’s goal was to control the virus and revive the American economy. “It’s on making sure we keep Americans safe, take down the health risk, keep people healthy as we can, and get this economy going back,” he said.
“But I am very confident. I talk to business people all around the country. I talk to ordinary citizens — people who have put their lives at risk over the last weeks. They know that this is a result of this virus that originated in Wuhan, China, and they know that the Chinese government didn’t do the things it needed to do. There will be a cost associated with that,” Pompeo asserted.