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I don't see it as racist (is there one Chinese race? Never heard about that before!).

But it is definitely a very political use of the term. Calling it "the virus from our enemies" would also be "factual": Noone would argue that USA considers China to be The Enemy in a lot of ways, economy in particular. So by the same logic, he could refer to the virus from our enemies. Which no doubt is a reference with a strong political element.

And that is exactly what he does. The virus is certainly a negative thing. It is in his political interest to associate as much negative as possible to the enemy, especially in a pep talk. The press conferences the last few days have been nothing but pep talks. Take away all the pep talk, and what remains (if anything at all) is plain bullshit. These talks are not to provide significant information (of which there is very little), but to tell how great everything and himself are. And how bad the enemy is, sending viruses and everything.

Remember when France wouldn't dance by the pipe of the USA, and "French Fries" were renamed "Freedom Fries"? That was also "factual" - the fries in the USA have never been close to France. But this renaming certainly was not made to create a more factual term; it was an explicit politicial signal: We turn our backs to France, when they are not doing what we tell them to do!

These two renaming cases are equally politically founded. There is no need to "inform" people about well known facts, by using a different term than all the rest of world, and even most of the US society. It is all about politics.

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