Germany has sparked outrage in China after a major newspaper put together a £130 billion invoice that Beijing "owes" Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its coronavirus anger at China, where the virus originated. Recent attacks come amid findings that Beijing appeared to cover up the true scale of the crisis, as the source of the outbreak remains a mystery.
European powers like Germany, France, the UK, and the US have unleashed criticism at China after findings have surfaced that China may have covered up the outbreak.
Germany's largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, joined this attack by drawing up an itemized invoice for Euro 149 billion (130 billion pounds).
The list includes a Euro 27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, up to euro 7.2 billion for the German film industry, a million euros an hour for German airline Lufthansa and euro 50 billion for German small businesses.
On Saturday, US President Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it was "knowingly responsible" for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump told reporters: "It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn't, and the whole world is suffering because of it.
"If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there should be consequences."
He said the Chinese were "embarrassed" and the question was whether what happened with the coronavirus was "a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?"