In a report, the South China Morning Post said, the United States and China are expected to set aside their differences and focus on the challenges of controlling and stopping the pandemic when leaders of the G20 nations hold talks via video conference on Thursday.
The Wuhan coronavirus which emerged in Central China where it has its only level 4 biosafety lab, has infected 470,000 people worldwide and has killed more than 20,000 people globally.
The G20 leaders are expected to agree that the outbreak is a threat to humanity and is likely to set up a mechanism to share information and experiences in fighting the disease, said the report citing a draft statement to be discussed at the summit.
“As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges to healthcare systems and the global economy, we convene this extraordinary G20 summit to unite efforts towards a global response,” said Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Twitter.
Saudi Arabia, which holds the G20 presidency this year, will host its leaders by video conference on Thursday.
The focus will be on the United States and China.
In preparatory talks for the G20 summit, both countries have agreed to set aside their differences, said the SCMP citing a diplomatic source familiar with the talks.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused China of delay in sharing of information about the virus and creating risks to people worldwide.
China has countered by sauing its actions, which includes quarantining millions of people, had earned the world “precious time” to prepare.