China blames US for coronavirus crisis

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Beijing: A Chinese official has made an eyebrow-raising claim that US army might have brought deadly coronavirus into China.

However, he did not provide any evidence for his claim.

A late Thursday tweet of Zhao Lijian, a foreign ministry spokesman, said similar conspiracy theories are doing the rounds on Chinese social media blaming the US for the pandemic.

Zhao posted a video of the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testifying before Congress that some Americans who were believed to have died from the flu were posthumously diagnosed with the COVID-19 illness.

Chinese officials have themselves been accused of attempting to cover up the outbreak as police in Wuhan reprimanded and silenced doctors who had raised the alarm about the virus as early as December.

US officials have angered China by linking the virus with the country, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling it the “Wuhan virus”.

 

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