As everyone knows that Italy, at the moment, is going through a bad patch. Dark clouds loomed large over Italy after the number of coronavirus cases has increased to 132,547, while at least 16,523 people have died in the country from the infection.
Everyone is well aware of the novel coronavirus which originated in China and spread to other countries. At a time when China was struggling to cope with the coronavirus crisis, Italy came forward to help China fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
China sought help from Italy to beat coronavirus, Italy then exported Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to China as a goodwill gesture and now when Italy is struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, China wants to sell the same PPE Kits to Italy on a particular price, according to a report in the Spectator magazine.
In an attempt to regain its humanitarian image at the global level in the wake of the crisis, China projected to the world that it would donate PPE to Italy.
But later it has been learnt that it was not a humanitarian gesture but a business- Beijing is actually taking advantage of the situation. It has not donated but sold the PPE to Italy. China is currently doing trade in the name of assistance.
A senior Trump administration official was quoted by The Spectator as saying that it is much worse than that and China “forced Italy to buy back the PPE supply that it gave to China during the initial coronavirus outbreak.”
“It’s so disingenuous for Chinese officials now to say we are the ones who are helping the Italians or we are the ones who are helping the developing world when, in fact, they are the ones who infected all of us,” the senior administration official said.
“Of course they should be helping. They have a special responsibility to help because they are the ones who began the spread of the coronavirus and did not give the information required to the rest of the world to plan accordingly,” he added.
The official blamed China for lying to the world about the seriousness of COVID-19 outbreak which further created worldwide panic. Now, China is making the best use of this opportunity by selling PPE to Italy in the time of crisis.