Beijing will retaliate if Congress passes laws demanding sanctions against China for the coronavirus pandemic, the country's parliamentary spokesman said Thursday.
Tensions between global superpowers have increased in the past few weeks as they exchanged verbal strikes for the disease.
Washington has criticized Beijing for its initial handling of the virus, which occurred in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year before spreading around the world.
US President Donald Trump strengthened rhetoric on Wednesday by tweeting that China was responsible for "global mass murders".
Republican senators last week proposed laws that would enable Trump to sanction China if Beijing does not provide "full accounts" for the outbreak.
"We are against these bills and will respond resolutely and take countermeasures based on the consideration of these bills," spokesman Zhang Yesui said at a press conference on the eve of the annual session of the National People's Congress.
"It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up your own problems by blaming others. We will never accept unjustified lawsuits and claims for compensation," said Zhang.
The US state of Missouri has also sued China's leadership for the corona virus and has claimed damages for deliberate deception and inadequate measures to end the pandemic.
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