Left Menu
Development News Edition

US, Chinese ambassadors spar on Twitter in Brazil

It started Friday when U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman retweeted a State Department account accusing the Chinese Communist Party of conducting “a mass sterilization campaign for women as part of its crackdown on Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang” province. “Silence is not an option,” Chapman added.

PTI | Brasilia | Updated: 13-07-2020 02:47 IST | Created: 13-07-2020 00:58 IST
US, Chinese ambassadors spar on Twitter in Brazil
Image Credit: Freepik

The US and Chinese ambassadors have gotten into a Twitter spat in Brazil, echoing the tense relations between the nations as a whole. It started Friday when U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman retweeted a State Department account accusing the Chinese Communist Party of conducting "a mass sterilization campaign for women as part of its crackdown on Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang" province.

"Silence is not an option," Chapman added. On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy Twitter account quoted the FBI director accusing China of paying scientists at American universities "to secretly bring our knowledge and innovation back to China - including valuable research, funded by the federal government". It added: "Is this happening in Brazil?" Chinese Ambassador Yang Wanming reacted on Twitter Sunday.

"This man comes to Brazil with a special mission, which is to attack China with rumors and lies," he wrote. "We advise you to stop doing activities of this kind. ... An ant tries to knock down a giant tree, ridiculously exaggerating its ability." It's a small echo of a larger dispute. China's government said Friday it will retaliate against U.S. officials and institutions following Washington's imposition of sanctions on three local officials of the ruling Communist Party over human rights abuses in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. Brazil and the United States are strongly aligned. On July 4, shortly before testing positive for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was with Chapman to celebrate U.S. Independence Day.

In March, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, the president's son, blamed China for the new pandemic, prompting the Chinese ambassador to respond that his words were "an evil insult against China and the Chinese people.".


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Canada’s COVID-19 pitfalls highlight need for integrated health information system

In the globalized world of today where outbreaks can spread far and wide within a matter of days, a global-level integrated health information system is ideal but Canadas provincial barriers show that the country lags much behind in deployi...

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Videos

Latest News

Lebanese call for downfall of president, other officials over Beirut blast

Angry and grieving protesters on Tuesday read aloud the names of at least 171 people killed in last weeks explosion at Beirut port and called for the removal of Lebanons president and other officials they blame for the tragedy. Gathered nea...

U.S. lawmakers trade barbs on coronavirus aid, no talks on deal

The U.S. Senates top Republican and Democrat criticized each others approach to coronavirus aid on Tuesday, with no word on when talks on a new package might resume and no movement on benefits for tens of millions who lost jobs in the crisi...

Fire breaks out at hospital's medical shop; no casualty

A fire broke out in the medical shop situated on the third floor of a hospital treating COVID-19 patients here on Tuesday night, but no casualty was reported, a civic official said. The incident took place around 1130 pm, said the official ...

Report: MLB suspends Cintron 20 games, Laureano six

Major League Baseball suspended Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron for 20 games Tuesday for his role in Sundays brawl between the Astros and Oakland As, USA Todays Bob Nightengale reported. The report said Cintron will not appeal the suspen...

Give Feedback