Shanghai - China has released an animated short film entitled "Once Upon a Virus", mocking the US reaction to the new coronavirus by using Lego figures to represent the two countries.
Washington and Beijing are locked in a verbal war over the origins of the disease, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has become a global pandemic.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he believes the coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese virology lab, but declined to describe the evidence.
In an animation posted on the Internet by China's official Xinhua news agency, the red curtains reveal a scene depicting Lego figures in the shape of a terracotta warrior wearing a face mask and the Statue of Liberty.
"We found a new virus," says the warrior.
"So what?" The Statue of Liberty responds. "It's just the flu."
While the warrior issues warnings about the virus and tells of the dark milestones of the Chinese outbreak, the Statue of Liberty despises the echoes of Trump's press conferences, where she underestimates the seriousness of the disease.
"Are you listening to yourself?" as the warrior asks when the statue begins to blush with fever and connects to an intravenous drip.
"We are always right, even if we contradict each other," answers the statue.
"This is what I like about you Americans, your consistency," says the warrior.
The United States and other countries accuse China of deceiving the world about the seriousness of the outbreak, and there are growing calls for an international investigation into the origin of the virus.
In an interview with Reuters, Trump said he believes China's fight against the Crown virus pandemic is proof that Beijing will "do everything possible" to lose its application for re-election in November.
The Lego press office sent an e-mail Saturday: "We were in no way involved in the creation of the animation.