China gets 130-billion-pound bill from Germany for corona damages

London, Apr 20 (IANS): China is facing a backlash from major European powers after suspicions over its role in the coronavirus pandemic which has caused 1 lakh deaths in Europe.

The Express UK reported that that a major German newspaper has put together a 130-billion-pound invoice that Beijing "owes" Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

European powers like Germany, France, the UK and the US have unleashed criticism at China after findings have surfaced that China may have covered up the outbreak.

Germany's largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, joined this attack by drawing up an itemised invoice for Euro 149 billion (130 billion pounds).

The list includes a Euro 27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, up to euro 7.2 billion for the German film industry, a million euros an hour for German airline Lufthansa and euro 50 billion for German small businesses.

Bild calculated that this amounts to euro 1,784 (1,550 pounds) per person if Germany's GDP falls by 4.2 per cent, under the title "What China owes us."

Express UK reported that China has responded by claiming the invoice "stirs up xenophobia and nationalism".

Bild Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt rebutted the criticism, saying: "We asked in our newspaper Bild whether China should pay for the massive economic damage the coronavirus is inflicting worldwide.

"Xi Jinping, your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it."

"Your top experts didn't respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan. You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace."

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it was "knowingly responsible" for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump told reporters: "It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn't, and the whole world is suffering because of it.

"If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there should be consequences."

He said the Chinese were "embarrassed" and the question was whether what happened with the coronavirus was "a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?"


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    We demand 15 Billion Dollars from China as Corona Damages ...

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  • Shashi, Manglore

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    And we want 15lakh also.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    Stone Age follower.

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  • abdulla, india

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    China gobbled up Poor Land locked TIBET...World kept mum.
    China gobbled up continent of Africa: stole oil/gas/minerals..wealth..Gold..
    china gobbled up SCS...building islands.
    china buying debts of Portugal ..and other nations like SL..
    5G.. will revolutionize the world with every DATA personal a or Otherwise in their hands.
    what next?
    control any one protesting like :Ueighar Hongkong ..Taiwan.
    this virus is man made. from experiment in their WUHAN LAB.
    Export Virus?
    Humanity is in Peril.
    India should now Invite the Japanese and give them north east to build and develop.
    along with Scandinavian: Koreans: Taiwan: Israel.
    build a solid India.
    we work in Synergy..PEACE ...Good health and Happiness to all mankind.
    Time to send the Chinese back to their Barracks between their Wall of china..
    Total Brake.
    and the world should change its Strategy. .
    all 200 nations should educate their own people and build their own nations with support and help of others. but mostly run and build by them selves.
    control their own fate and destiny.
    work with quality.
    Shortly Truth will prevail .. and Action taken.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    China should be made to pay damages caused to lives and Livelyhood across the globe.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    Not only china but along with it left leaning globalist / socialist big billionaires in the west involved in this, agenda seems to be depopulation through virus and vaccinations and making billions through medical supplies, equipment required to contain or overcome it also through coming vaccinations.

    Otherwise why Gavi, ID2020 already in place ??

    GAVI – The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations.

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  • myna, mysuru

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    Authority, Accountability and Responsibility go hand in hand with leadership. China has to financial pay up the enormous loss to human lives and to the economy of States in the world.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    How come our leaders are SUPER QUIET on the matter?

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    You mean those leaders who chickened out when Trump talked about retaliation???

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    Sacred people always carry lathi to protect them self not the nation.

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  • paccchu, pumpwell

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    Only lathi can teach lesson to some adamant and rude people.

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