China denies U.S. suggestions on COVID lab leak theory
For the second day in a row, China has rejected a US suggestion that the COVID-19 pandemic may have been caused by a virus leaked from a Chinese lab.
In response to comments from FBI Director Christopher Wray, Foreign Affairs Department spokeswoman Mao Ning said the involvement of US intelligence services was ample evidence of the “politicization of provenance.”
“By rehashing the Laborik theory, the United States will not succeed in discrediting China, but rather undermining its own credibility,” Mao Zedong said.
“We urge the United States to respect science and facts. please,” she said.
In an interview with Fox News aired on Tuesday, Wray said, “The FBI has long suspected that the origin of the pandemic was most likely a potential laboratory incident in Wuhan (in central China). I have rated it highly,” he said.
“We’re talking here about a possible leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab,” Lei said.
Regarding efforts to trace the origin of the coronavirus, he added. It’s a job that our U.S. government and our close foreign partners are doing. And that’s unfortunate for everyone.
On Tuesday, Mao Zedong hit back at a U.S. Department of Energy report that assessed the leak of the virus, which was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019, from a nearby government lab as “low confidence.”
The report has not been made public, and officials in Washington stressed that US agencies have not agreed on the origin of the virus.
Mao Zedong argued on Tuesday that China was “open and transparent” in investigating the origin of the virus, “sharing the most data and research results on virus tracing, and making important contributions to global virus tracing research.” bottom.
A group of World Health Organization experts said last year that they still lacked “significant data” to explain how the pandemic began. and environmental studies where the virus may have first spread.
The Associated Press has previously cracked down on research into the causes of the pandemic that has killed more than 6.8 million people worldwide, with the Chinese government cracking down on some research, leading to a peripheral theory that it may have come from outside the country. was reported to be promoting
While some scientists accept the Labourique theory, many believe that the virus originated in animals, mutated, and infected humans, as has happened with other viruses in the past. Experts say the origins of the pandemic may not have been known for years.