China on Monday played the victim card, calling on the United States to stop blaming the country for the global COVID-19 crisis, as pressure increased over Beijing’s mismanagement of the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 2.4 million people worldwide.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a press briefing that COVID-19 is a “common enemy of all manind.” He added that China was “also a victim,” and that the global community should work together instead of seeking a single source to blame.

“The international community can overcome the virus only if it can stay united and cooperate to make concerted efforts,” Geng said. “Attacking and discrediting other countries simply wastes time and cannot save lost lives.”

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