The United States and China have reached a truce in a vitriolic feud over the coronavirus pandemic, with the two powers each seeing at least a tactical interest in cooling down.
US President Donald Trump, hardly known for the delicacy of his word choices, has dropped his provocative term 'Chinese virus' and held back from criticising Beijing's response since a telephone call, on March 26 US time, with his counterpart Xi Jinping.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who so insisted on saying 'Wuhan virus' that the Group of Seven foreign ministers could not issue a joint statement - has been talking of cooperation.
“We know that this is a global pandemic, and this is the time for every country to work together to resolve that,” Pompeo told reporters.
Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to Washington, struck a highly different tone in an op-ed in The New York Times in which he spoke of his affection for Americans and promised China would do 'whatever it can to support the US'.
US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus welcomed Cui's remarks but called, civilly, on China to share virus data and allow free speech. “True cooperation requires transparency and real actions, not just rhetoric,” she said.