AGENCIES, Beijing: The US has been for quite a trying to blame the origins of Covid-19 virus from a Wuhan-based in China. In defence, China has categorically denied the charge. Now, it seems that China-bashing has become a permanent feature of political statements by the US.
US foreign minister Mike Pompeo had once again raised the issue and went to claim on Sunday that there is “enormous evidence” the coronavirus outbreak originated in a Chinese laboratory. However, Pompeo did not provide any of the alleged evidence.
China hit back on Wednesday at Pompeo over his claims that the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, saying he “doesn’t have any” evidence.
Such conspiracy theories that the virus came from a maximum-security virology lab in Wuhan have been in circulation since earlier this year, but were brought into the mainstream aggressively last month by US government officials including Pompeo and President Donald Trump.
Trump made a similar unsupported claim on Thursday, saying he was privy to evidence of the pandemic that began in a Chinese lab but was not permitted to share it.
It’s getting obvious now that China is beginning to lose patience over repeated canards by the US and decided to go on the offensive. In fact, Chinese state media outlets have continued their angry attacks on Mike Pompeo describing him as “evil” for blaming China for the Covid-19 outbreak.
An angered Beijing has said that the origin of the virus is for scientists to investigate. China has also presented scientific assessments that there was no proof to link the outbreak with the Wuhan lab.