China accused the United States on Friday of inventing lies and seeking to return the world to a “jungle age” after Washington blamed Beijing and United Nations agencies for killing millions of infants.
A spokesman for the Chinese mission at the United Nations in New York said the remarks were “purely fabricated.”
The spokesman added, “Some American politicians are accustomed to lying and deceiving… They are maliciously creating a political confrontation and undermining multilateral cooperation … The United States, which goes against the current trend, has become the biggest destroyer of the existing international system and is trying in every way to return the world to the age of the jungle.”
Tensions between the United States and China have reached the boiling point at the United Nations due to the Coronavirus pandemic, highlighting Beijing’s efforts to gain greater influence in defiance of Washington’s traditional leadership.
The United Nations Population Fund stated that it regrets the accusations made by US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Thursday on the anniversary of the historic women’s conference in 1995.
The fund’s executive director, Natalia Kanem, told reporters that any coercion of women “conflicts with our practices and our policies.”
“We give top priority to voluntary sexual and reproductive health, rights and procedures,” she added.
“We have requested reviews, in the case of the United Nations Population Fund, of our practices and procedures in China, but the United States has not visited our programs during the past four years,” she said.
US President Donald Trump’s administration stopped funding the United Nations Population Fund in 2017, saying it supported a program of forced abortion or involuntary sterilization, and the United Nations asserted that this statement was inaccurate.
And US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of subjecting Uyghurs and other Chinese minorities to abortions, forced sterilization, and involuntary implantation of birth control devices.