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China says virus pushes American ties to the brink of “Cold War”

China has said relations with the United States were “on the brink of another cold war,” fueled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around the world celebrated a muted end to the holy month of Ramadan.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that Washington had been infected by a ‘political virus’, compelling figures there to constantly attack China, but offered an olive branch saying the country would be open to an international effort to find the source of the coronavirus.

“We have noticed that some of the political forces in the US are taking relations between China and the US hostage and putting our two countries on the brink of another cold war,” he told reporters during a week-long press conference in China’s annual parliament . session.

The Chinese state council and foreign minister Wang Yi will speak to reporters via video link on Sunday. Washington has been infected by a “political virus,” compelling figures there to constantly attack China, he said

Members of the press will listen to the video press conference of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday

Members of the press will listen to the video press conference of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday

Members of the press will listen to the video press conference of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday

The issue has become highly politicized, with US President Donald Trump accusing Beijing of a lack of transparency and pushing the theory that the virus was leaking from a Chinese maximum security laboratory

The issue has become highly politicized, with US President Donald Trump accusing Beijing of a lack of transparency and pushing the theory that the virus was leaking from a Chinese maximum security laboratory

The issue has become highly politicized, with US President Donald Trump accusing Beijing of a lack of transparency and pushing the theory that the virus was leaking from a Chinese maximum security laboratory

He spoke as more countries eased restrictions on lockdown in an effort to save economies and lifestyles devastated by the pandemic.

Hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world celebrated a muted Eid al-Fitr, with Islam’s two main mosques closed to worshipers in Mecca and Medina.

Still, churches reopened in France, the Spanish football league announced it would restart on June 8, and thousands flocked to the beaches in the US, where lockdowns and social distancing have become rights that have split communities.

Worldwide, about 342,000 people have been killed and more than 5.3 million people have been infected with the virus, most scientists believe to have jumped from animals to humans – possibly at a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

A Muslim wearing a face mask and gloves offers Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Eidgah Sharif Darbar in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on May 24

A Muslim wearing a face mask and gloves offers Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Eidgah Sharif Darbar in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on May 24

A Muslim wearing a face mask and gloves offers Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Eidgah Sharif Darbar in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on May 24

Bishop of Lyon Emmanuel Gobilliard leads mass, the first since lockdown restrictions were introduced to curb the spread of the corona virus in Saint Jean Cathedral in Lyon on Saturday

Bishop of Lyon Emmanuel Gobilliard leads mass, the first since lockdown restrictions were introduced to curb the spread of the corona virus in Saint Jean Cathedral in Lyon on Saturday

Bishop of Lyon Emmanuel Gobilliard leads mass, the first since lockdown restrictions were introduced to curb the spread of the corona virus in Saint Jean Cathedral in Lyon on Saturday

Pakistani Muslims wearing protective masks and keeping social distance as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus while performing the Eid al-Fitr prayer in the open space in Darbar-e-Alia Eidgah Sharif in Rawalpindi, Pakistan at 24 May

Pakistani Muslims wearing protective masks and keeping social distance as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus while performing the Eid al-Fitr prayer in the open space in Darbar-e-Alia Eidgah Sharif in Rawalpindi, Pakistan at 24 May

Pakistani Muslims wearing protective masks and keeping social distance as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus while performing the Eid al-Fitr prayer in the open space in Darbar-e-Alia Eidgah Sharif in Rawalpindi, Pakistan at 24 May

The issue has become highly politicized, with US President Donald Trump accusing Beijing of a lack of transparency and pushing the theory that the virus was leaking from a Chinese maximum security laboratory.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday condemned the efforts of US politicians to make up “rumors” about the origin of the virus and “stigmatize China.”

“China is open to working with the international scientific community to investigate the source of the virus,” he said.

“At the same time, we believe that this should be professional, fair and constructive.”

Now that the number of contaminants in the West has stabilized, many governments are trying to shift to lighter social distance measures that they hope will revive the dying business and tourism sectors.

An elderly woman wearing a face mask and face shield prays for Mass at Sainte Reparate Cathedral on Sunday, as French churches reopen for religious gatherings after the government repeals its ban

An elderly woman wearing a face mask and face shield prays for Mass at Sainte Reparate Cathedral on Sunday, as French churches reopen for religious gatherings after the government repeals its ban

An elderly woman wearing a face mask and face shield prays for Mass at Sainte Reparate Cathedral on Sunday, as French churches reopen for religious gatherings after the government repeals its ban

Pope Francis salutes from the Apostolic Palace window overlooking an empty St. Peter's Square after his live-streamed Angelus prayer on May 24

Pope Francis salutes from the Apostolic Palace window overlooking an empty St. Peter's Square after his live-streamed Angelus prayer on May 24

Pope Francis salutes from the Apostolic Palace window overlooking an empty St. Peter’s Square after his live-streamed Angelus prayer on May 24

French churches were preparing to have their first Sunday mass in more than two months after the government accepted the decision to reopen – provided the proper precautions were taken.

“My cell phone is creaking with messages!” Father Pierre Amar, a priest in Versailles, told AFP.

However, the French mosques called on Muslims to stay at home for the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. They said they would gradually resume services from June 3.

In Pakistan, thousands gathered in mosques, but the festivities were muffled by the crash of a passenger plane on Friday in a residential area in Karachi, killing 97 people.

The country’s largest English daily, Dawn, said that the crash and coronavirus epidemic – which killed more than 1,000 people in Pakistan – “robbed the country of the little joy left to Eid.”

Pakistani Muslims wearing protective masks and keeping social distance as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus while performing the Eid al-Fitr prayer in the open space in Darbar-e-Alia Eidgah Sharif in Rawalpindi, Pakistan at 24 May

Pakistani Muslims wearing protective masks and keeping social distance as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus while performing the Eid al-Fitr prayer in the open space in Darbar-e-Alia Eidgah Sharif in Rawalpindi, Pakistan at 24 May

Pakistani Muslims wearing protective masks and keeping social distance as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus while performing the Eid al-Fitr prayer in the open space in Darbar-e-Alia Eidgah Sharif in Rawalpindi, Pakistan at 24 May

In Saudi Arabia, Eid prayers will be held in the two holy mosques in the cities of Mecca and Medina “without worshipers,” authorities said when the kingdom began a five-day curfew after the infections had quadrupled since the beginning of Ramadan.

For Christians in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher will reopen on Sunday – but with strict restrictions.

In Spain, which has maintained one of the world’s strictest closings since mid-March, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tried to reassure potential visitors by saying that from July 1, “foreign tourists’ access to Spain will resume in safe conditions.”

Italy will also reopen its borders to foreign tourists from June 3.

But the disease continued to spread across much of South America, with a death toll of 22,000 in Brazil and an infection of 347,000, which is the second highest number of casualties in the world.

Neighboring Peru is also struggling. The 32 million country has registered more than 3,100 deaths.

In the U.S., where the death toll is close to 100,000, Trump has aggressively pushed for the economy to be reopened, defying the advice of health experts.

He signaled his intentions by playing golf on Saturday – his first round since March 8.

The U.S. economy has lost nearly 40 million jobs this year, and many companies, the most recent car rental giant Hertz, have hit the wall. But most states have started cutting down on their closures and many public beaches reopened on Saturday.

“We’re getting tired of being trapped in the house. There is not much else to do. So I came to the beach, “mom at home said Kayla Lambert, while her two children were playing in the surf in Galveston, Texas.

In Britain, a scandal broke out over a revelation that a top advisor had even broken the rules.

Dominic Cummings was seen visiting his parents 400 kilometers from his London home during the country’s shutdown, despite virus symptoms.

He denies any wrongdoing, but is faced with calls to stop.

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