Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus ‘disinformation’ Mar 26, 2020 0 283 12345 AFPWashingtonUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Group of Seven foreign ministers agreed with him in talks on Wednesday that China was waging a “disinformation” campaign about the coronavirus pandemic.The top diplomats from the major industrialised nations held a previously scheduled meeting by videoconference, with the United States scrapping a meeting in Pittsburgh as the contagion fears restrict international travel.Pompeo, who has heavily criticised Beijing over what he calls the “Wuhan virus,” said he was united with other ministers -- from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.“Every one of the nations that were at that meeting this morning was deeply aware of the disinformation campaign that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in to try and deflect from what has really taken place,” Pompeo told reporters after the talks.Pompeo said that China “has been and continues to be engaged in” a campaign on social media that has included conspiracy theories that the United States was behind the virus, which was first detected in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan.“This is crazy talk,” Pompeo said.The G7 talks came a day before a virtual summit of leaders of the Group of 20 major economies, which include the United States and China.Beijing has appeared to bring the virus under control and has stepped up aid by delivering masks and other supplies around the world -- including to US allies such as Italy, which has the world’s highest death toll.Pompeo minimised China’s efforts and said the United States was “finalising plans” to deploy excess military equipment to Italy.China is “now making small sales of product around the world and claiming that they are now the white hat in what has taken place,” Pompeo said.But he said the United States sought cooperation.“We desperately want to work with every country around the world. This is a global pandemic,” he said.“The United States wants to work with every country including China to figure out how to resolve to keep as many people alive -- as many people as healthy -- and then to restore our economies that have been decimated by the Wuhan virus.” RELATED ARTICLES Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus Mar 26, 2020 0 674 Spain’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses China’s Mar 26, 2020 0 52 Vienna funerals go online amid coronavirus fears Mar 26, 2020 0 43 Nine EU leaders call for joint borrowing in Europe to address Covid-19 impact AFP Brussels NINE EU countries, including France and Spain, on Wednesday called for eurozone countries to jointly issue debt in order to fight the devastating impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The idea of mutualised .. German MPs tear up fiscal rule book, pass huge coronavirus aid budget BERLIN: German lawmakers approved on Wednesday an emergency budget financing a coronavirus aid package that foresees 156 billion euros (167 billion dollars) in new debt, in a historic move that flouts the country’s .. French town removes public benches to curb virus spread LILLE: A town in northern France is dismantling dozens of public benches which are still attracting users despite a nationwide ban on all non-essential excursions from the home to curb coronavirus spread. “When even .. Italy mayor pledges to use drones and dirty words to enforce lockdown ROME: An Italian mayor has pledged to use drones to shout profanities at people ignoring stay-at-home rules for the containment of the coronavirus outbreak. “I can’t wait for it ... drones everywhere,” Cateno De Luca, .. White House, Senate reach deal on $2 trillion coronavirus rescue plan AFP Washington THE White House and Senate have reached agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus package for the US economy and millions of Americans ravaged by the coronavirus crisis, top lawmakers said early Wednesday. “At .. EU leaders voice solidarity with virus-hit Spain BRUSSELS: The leaders of EU institutions on Wednesday expressed solidarity with Spain as it struggles with an escalating coronavirus emergency. “I want you to know that we are working tirelessly to help you -- you are not ..