Trump accuses China of failing to act in time when the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan. (Photo: .)

The verbal escalation between the two world powers increases as the new coronavirus, first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan (center), devastates the planet’s economies.

Donald Trump develops a virulent speech against China as the centerpiece of his campaign for a second presidential term.

He accuses the Chinese authorities of have hidden the start of the epidemic, what Beijing firmly denies.

Trump referred in a tweet to the report of “a madman” in China in which other actors are allegedly blamed for the spread of the virus, and demanded that this “fool” be explained what was the “incompetence of China and nothing else that caused this worldwide slaughter. “

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs remained moderate in its response to the question about these statements. “In the fight against the epidemic, the Chinese government has always been open, transparent and responsible ”, said his spokesman, Zhao Lijian.

China is in the crosshairs of the American administration, who reproaches him for a too slow reaction to the epidemic, which has already caused more than 325 thousand deaths worldwide.

United States and Australia called for an independent international investigation on the origin of the virus.

As for Donald Trump and his chief of diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, they stated that the new coronavirus had escaped from a Chinese laboratory, without providing the slightest proof.

China rejects Washington and Canberra’s call as “politicization”. But Beijing supports an “assessment” of the global response to the epidemic, once it is contained.