Amid the escalating border tensions between India and China, Beijing’s “blame game” has reached new peaks.
In a desperate attempt to shift focus, the unhinged dragon has blamed India of being the “origin” of Covid-19.
Chinese scientists argued the coronavirus originated in India in July-August 2019, when an unbearable heat wave forced animals and humans to share the same water sources. It then reached Wuhan from where the coronavirus was first identified.
In their paper, the Chinese team used phylogenetic analysis to determine the source of the coronavirus.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said “even though China was the first to report coronavirus but doesn’t necessarily mean China is where the virus originated”.
Experts suggest the “baseless” claim is Beijing’s latest effort to shift blame outside their borders.
However, WHO’s top emergency expert said “it would be highly speculative for the WHO to say the coronavirus did not emerge in China, where it was first identified in a food market in December last year”
This is not the first time that China has pointed the finger at other countries for the coronavirus instead of Wuhan.
It had accused Italy and the United States of spreading the virus without any evidence.
Earlier this year, Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli had blamed India for the spread of the novel coronavirus in his country. He claimed Indian virus was more lethal than Chinese.
The development comes at a time when the WHO, which has been accused by the Trump administration of being “China-centric”, is set to investigate the origin of the virus in China, even though Beijing is yet to give a timeline.