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China urges US to abandon Cold War mentality

He urged the US to follow the trend of the times and work with China to bring bilateral relations back to the right track.

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Beijing, May 23 : China on Friday urged the US to abandon its Cold War mentality and ideological bias, and view China and China-US relations in an objective and rational way.

The US must immediately stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, harming China’s interests or undermining China-US relations, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, Xinhua reported.

Zhao made the remarks at a routine news briefing in response to a new China Strategy report by the Trump Administration, which was delivered to the US Congress recently.

“The new strategy report is the same as the US national security strategy report released in 2017,” Zhao said, noting it deliberately distorts China’s political system and strategic intention, and hypes up the so-called “China threat,” as an excuse to trumpet the continuation of all-dimensional hardline policy against China.

In response to the US’ erroneous words and deeds to interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine China’s interests in the past two years, the Chinese government has repeatedly stated its solemn position and made firm, strong response, Zhao said.

He emphasized that under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Chinese people have embarked on a development path suitable to China’s national conditions, made great achievements and contributed positively to world peace, stability and development.

“We will unswervingly continue to advance along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and continue to achieve greater victories. No one can stop China’s development and growth,” said Zhao.

“China’s policy toward the United States is consistent and clear. We are committed to developing a Sino-US relationship featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” Zhao said. “At the same time, we will firmly defend China’s sovereignty, security and development interests.”

A stable and continuously developing Sino-US relationship is in the fundamental interests of the two peoples and is also generally expected by the international community, Zhao said.

He urged the US to follow the trend of the times and work with China to bring bilateral relations back to the right track.

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US sends 2 million doses of unproven COVID-19 drug to Brazil: White House

The White House announced on Sunday that the U.S. has sent 2 million doses of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to Brazil, and that 1,000 ventilators will soon be delivered as well as the South American country becomes the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The White House says the U.S. has sent 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil, and that 1,000 ventilators will soon be delivered as well.

This comes even as some countries have banned the use of the drug for COVID-19 over safety concerns.

  • Brazil reported a record 33,274 new cases on Saturday as its death toll surpassed France’s, ranking fourth in the world behind the U.S., U.K. and Italy.
  • Trump last week suspended entry of non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil within the past 14 days.

Between the lines: Hydroxychloroquine has become a point of heated political debate in President Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, as he first touted the drug as a potential “game-changer” and said he was taking it himself as a preventative.

  • But a large study in The Lancet found an increased risk of heart problems and death among coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine, prompting France to ban use of the drug and the World Health Organization to temporarily suspend a trial.
  • Anthony Fauci told CNN last week that the scientific data “is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy” of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment.

What they’re saying: The White House said in a statement that the drug will “be used as a prophylactic to help defend Brazil’s nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals agains the virus.”

  • “It will also be used as a therapeutic to treat Brazilians who become infected,” the statement adds.
  • “With [Trump] and President Jair Bolsonaro having spoken twice since March, the two countries are well-positioned to continue their work together to address the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to other matters of strategic importance.”
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We share our support for racial equality: Sundar Pichai

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San Francisco, May 31 : Google and YouTube on Sunday put a black ribbon on its home page in the US, showing solidarity for protests against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.

“We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it,” the message read on the Google home page.

The same message was also placed on the US home page of Google-owned YouTube.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted: “Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice.

“For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone,” Pichai added.

Last week, a policeman choked an African-American man Floyd, to death by kneeling on his neck in Minneapolis.

Several states in the US erupted in protests after the video went viral.

The riots stretching from New York on the east coast to Los Angeles on the west rocked the nation that was just beginning to relax the Covid-19 restrictions threatening to spread the disease.

The force of the protests that have turned violent comes from the ongoing brutality against minorities by police with two other recent cases adding to the fury behind the killing of Floyd.

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US patient receives $840,000 bill for COVID-19 treatment

“It’s scary. I don’t care how much you have covered. It’s scary to see that kind of number and not really know.”

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Washington, May 31 : A high school teacher from the US state of Colorado was shocked to receive a medical bill of $840,000 for his treatment for COVID-19, local media reported.

The bill received by Robert Dennis, a Centennial High School teacher, covered Dennis’ time at Denver’s Sky Ridge hospital, where he was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit for two weeks, reports Xinhua news agency.

However, what was not included was Dennis’ three weeks at Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, or his wife’s trips to the emergency room when she was also fighting the virus.

The couple estimated that their total bills would top $1.5 million.

The couple had insurance and they planned to call to make sure that they were covered.

“Seeing that number yesterday for the first bill, it took your breath away again,” the wife said.

“It’s scary. I don’t care how much you have covered. It’s scary to see that kind of number and not really know.”

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