US President Joe Biden’s call for a fresh investigation into the origin of coronovirus sounds like déjà vu in Beijing.
Exactly one year ago, when the Kovid-19 infection was on the rise in the US, former President Donald Trump started promoting the then fringe theory that the virus had escaped from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where it was first detected Was. Beijing reacted angrily to the claim, accusing Trump of trying to make China a scapegoat for its failure to stop the outbreak domestically.
This week, a previously unknown intelligence report surfaced, claiming that several researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in November 2019 and had to be hospitalized. Under increasing public pressure, Biden ordered the intelligence community to intensify its efforts to re-examine how the virus originated, including the possibility that it emerged from a laboratory accident.
Naturally, this again attracted Beijing’s displeasure – and prompted it to renew a counter-conspiracy theory that the virus had actually originated in the US.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said, “America does not care for facts or truth at all, nor is it interested in a serious scientific study on its origins. Its sole purpose is to use the epidemic for stigma and political manipulation to shift blame.” Have to do, ”the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. Spokesman Zhao Lijian.
Zhao then referenced the US Army’s biomedical research laboratory Fort Detrick in Maryland, which has been linked – without evidence – to the emergence of the virus by Chinese officials and state media outlets.
“What mysteries are hidden in the Doubt-covered Fort Detrick and more than 200 American bio-laboratories worldwide?” America has to “give an explanation for the world,” Zhao said.