China on May 27 hit back at President Joe Biden’s call to redouble efforts to determine the origins of the coronavirus, and dismissed a theory that it may have leaked from a laboratory in its city of Wuhan as a “conspiracy.”
US President Joe Biden has said he expects to release the results of an intelligence report on the origins of the virus.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau supported efforts made by the US and other countries to better understand the origins of the virus.
China’s foreign ministry accused the US of “political manipulation and blame shifting”.
Covid-19 was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019. Since then, more than 168 million cases have been confirmed worldwide and about 3.5 million deaths reported.
“Some people in the United States completely ignore facts and science,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on May 27.
“Their aim is to use the pandemic to pursue stigmatization, political manipulation and blame shifting. They are being disrespectful to science, irresponsible to people’s lives and counter-productive to the concerted efforts to fight the virus,” he added.
Chinese officials also mentioned that, international experts had “repeatedly praised China’s open and transparent attitude” to Covid-19’s origins.
A statement from the Chinese embassy in the US, which directly didn’t pointed out Mr Biden’s order, said “smear campaigns and blame shifting are making a comeback”.