The United States would announce "certain decisions" about China on Friday, President Donald Trump said when he stressed that Beijing should have stopped the source of the corona virus.
Under the leadership of the United States, several countries in the world have blamed China for the spread of the coronavirus and its failure to provide information on the disease in good time. This resulted in the death of more than three lakhs and caused an unprecedented economic crisis.
Trump has asked China to agree to an investigation into the origin of the virus, including the claim that it originated from a bio-laboratory in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
The disease has killed nearly 360,000 people worldwide, including 102,000 in America alone.
Worldwide, more than 5.8 million people are infected with COVID-19, in the United States alone 1.7 million.
"Tomorrow we will have a press conference on China. So we will make certain decisions and discuss them tomorrow," Trump told White House reporters Thursday.
"It's a very sad situation. It should never have happened. China should have stopped it at the source, but they didn't," Trump said.
Trump has been very critical of China's inability to control the spread of the novel corona virus on its territory in recent weeks. So far, he has given no indication of the steps he intends to take against China.
Trump had threatened on May 14 to break "the whole relationship" with China.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on May 16 that President Trump would decide how to punish China in the future, the day after Trump said he was currently unwilling to speak to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
However, China has rejected all US allegations of covering up the COVID 19 outbreak.
In a separate development, several U.S. senators sent a letter to the United Nations Permanent Representatives for Estonia and France, the current and future President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to support the U.S. call for an immediate call to the meeting United Nations Security Council on recent measures by the Chinese government to undermine Hong Kong's autonomy.
"As your nation, as current and future President of the United Nations Security Council, we strongly support USUN's call for an immediate meeting of the United Nations Security Council on recent Chinese government measures to undermine Hong Kong's autonomy and promised rights and violating freedoms to the people of Hong Kong, "the senators wrote in the letter.
China presented a controversial national security bill to its parliament last week in Hong Kong to tighten Beijing's control over the former British colony. This could be the biggest blow to the territory's autonomy and personal freedoms since 1997 under Chinese rule.
Hong Kong, an economic power plant, is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Since Britain returned sovereignty to China on July 1, 1997, it has followed a "one country, two systems" policy that has given it certain freedoms that the rest of China does not.
The United States has raised concerns about China's new Hong Kong law in recent days and has indicated that it is taking action against it.