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Newsline: China Diplomat Calls U.S. Omicron Surge ‘Greatly Out of Control’

A senior Chinese diplomat blasted the U.S.’s omicron outbreak as “greatly out of control” and one of its four great failures of governance last year, as the world’s two largest economies continue to spar on everything from trade to the pandemic. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-18/china-diplomat-calls-u-s-omicron-surge-greatly-out-of-control) Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng criticized the Biden administration’s record on the highly transmissible variant in a speech Tuesday at a Renmin University forum in Beijing, saying it followed major systemic blows including the storming of the Capitol, the fall of Kabul on the exit of U.S. troops and soaring inflation.

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