China on Wednesday dared US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to point out the “enormous evidence” he has to show that the novel coronavirus originated from a lab in Wuhan and asserted that the matter must be dealt with by scientists as an alternative of politicians out of their home political compulsions in an election 12 months.
In latest days, US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo have claimed that the lethal virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology within the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, the place the outbreak was first detected final December. The two leaders have additionally mentioned that China has refused to present worldwide scientists entry to study what occurred.
The declare has drawn fierce rebuttal from Beijing, which on Wednesday described the accusation as “smear” meant to bolster President Trump’s re-election probabilities in November.
“He (Pompeo) said ‘enormous evidence’. Then show us,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying instructed a media briefing right here.
“Pompeo cannot present any evidence because he does not have any,” Hua mentioned. “This matter must be dealt with by scientists and professionals as an alternative of politicians out of their home political want?.
China’s international ministry referred to as the accusations a political technique to “smear China” for Republicans forward of the 2020 election.
“The recently exposed US Republican strategies shows they are encouraged to attack China under the pretext of the virus,” Hua mentioned, including that China was “fed up with such tricks.”
“We urge the US to stop spreading disinformation or misleading the international community. It should deal with its own problems and deal with the pandemic at home,” she mentioned.
Hua mentioned the pinnacle of the World Health Organisation (WHO) acknowledged that the US has not offered any proof to it up to now to again up its claims.
“On the issue of the origin of coronavirus, people have different opinions. I think tracing the origin is a very serious matter. That should be researched by scientists and professionals,” she mentioned.
“Almost all top scientists, including those in the US, believe that this virus came from nature, not man-made and there is no possibility that it was leaked from a lab,” mentioned.
“The WHO officers additionally mentioned all of the proof confirmed that the virus shouldn’t be man-made, she mentioned.
Hua additionally mentioned all international locations should look at the studies that the circumstances of COVID-19 had been reported in some international locations in September and December final 12 months.
She mentioned latest studies mentioned coronavirus circumstances had been reported within the US in October final 12 months. Reports from France spoke of a coronavirus case detected from a affected person in December final 12 months, Hua mentioned.
In the sunshine of this “all international locations should re-examine the circumstances emerged in 2019, she mentioned.
She additionally challenged Pompeo to point out proof to show his cost that the viruses up to now originated from labs in China.
“Exactly when, where and which lab in China got such failures,” she requested and referred to as for an investigation into US’ use of bacterial weapons up to now.
“The US used bacterial weapons within the Korean conflict and Agent Orange within the Vietnam conflict. In the latest decade, the US is obstructing the protocol regime to the organic weapons conference?, she mentioned.
Noting that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention final 12 months suspended analysis on pathogens at military lab, she mentioned, “They have been silent on their purposes and safety. So, we hope the US can act in a responsible manner and respond to international calls to accept investigations and respond to concerns.”
The novel coronavirus has up to now killed over 2.5 lakh folks and contaminated greater than 3.6 million globally. The US is the worst-hit nation with over 71,000 deaths and 1.2 million COVID-19 infections.
The Chinese authorities has confronted criticism at dwelling and overseas over its dealing with of the virus, particularly within the early days of the outbreak. It was accused of silencing whistle-blowers and delaying in informing the general public concerning the severity of the disaster. But it has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, brushing apart accusations of a deliberate coverup within the essential early phases.