İrem GÖL -TDO- China has demanded an explanation from Brazil after far-right government’s education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to Beijing’s “plan for world domination”, in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent. Chinese embassy in Brazil condemned the minister’s “absurd and despicable” tweet, calling it “highly racist.” The ambassador Yang Wanming tweeted “The Chinese government expects an official explanation from Brazil.”
The row comes as Brazil, like many countries, is hoping to source more medical equipment from China to deal with Covid-19. Minister Weintraub said in an interview he stood by his tweet and called on China to do more to help fight the pandemic. He said: ”If they sell us 1,000 ventilators, I’ll get down on my knees in front of the embassy, apologise and say I was an idiot.”
Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said last week Brazil was struggling to source ventilators and other vital health supplies from China, saying some of its orders were cancelled without explanation. The issue erupted online on Monday. The top trend on Twitter in Brazil was the hashtag #TradeBlockOnChinaNow.