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As US bids to politicize virus, China urges probe into American labs

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Fu Cong, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' arms control department (Photo by Reuters)

Amid the United States’ efforts to put as much a political spin as it can on the COVID-19 pandemic’s “origin,” China urges that the US’s own laboratories be subject to investigations into the source of the phenomenon too.

On Wednesday, a senior Chinese official denounced the US’s “politicization” of the issue amid a pointed fanfare across American media about an American report on the coronavirus’ birthplace that President Joe Biden received a copy of on Tuesday.

"Scapegoating China cannot whitewash the US," Fu Cong, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' arms control department, told a briefing on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The American media cited White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki as telling reporters that the intelligence community had been "working expeditiously" to prepare an unclassified version of the report for the public.

They also quoted US officials as alleging obstruction on the part of China aimed at obscuring the source of the virus. 

Fu roundly rejected that Beijing could have launched any disinformation bid to that end.

"It is only fair that if the US insists that this is a valid hypothesis, they should do their turn and invite the investigation into their labs," he noted.

Also on Wednesday, the Chinese Embassy in Washington posted calls for World Health Organization investigations at Fort Detrick and at the University of North Carolina to its website. The diplomatic mission resorted to the measure after US media rejected its editorial submissions.

And on Tuesday, China's envoy to the United Nations also asked the head of the WHO for an investigation into US labs too.


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