China says recent accusations by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump that the Covid-19 pandemic was born in a laboratory in Wuhan is a political strategy for Republicans before the 2020 presidential election.
Speaking at a regular press briefing on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying told reporters:
“We urge the United States to stop spreading misinformation or misleading the international community. He has to face his own problems and face the pandemic at home. I believe that the strategy of the Republicans in their election shows that too clear, and now we are tired of these things. “
“Mr. Pompeo cannot present any evidence because he does not have one, this issue should be addressed by scientists and not by politicians to meet their national political needs,” added Hua.
Responding to Trump’s comments on the possibility of raising tariffs in retaliation, Hua said: “The facts show that tariffs are not good weapons, they have a negative impact on all parties, under current circumstances, tariffs should not be used as weapons. “
Asked about a Reuters report that a Chinese government think tank had released a document to leaders that the US and China could potentially end up in armed conflict due to growing sentiment against China, Hua said : “As for whether this would lead to a military conflict, of course that is not what we want to see. China loves peace, we believe that cooperation in the fight against the epidemic should deepen mutual cooperation. “
Hua also made accusations that the country was taking advantage of the virus, saying, “The so-called concealment of China or the profit from the virus is simply baseless,” and that as of May 1, China had provided ” 5.3 billion masks in the United States and 330 million surgical gloves, 38.8 million protective suits and 5.98 million glasses and 7,500 ventilators. ”
American claims: Pompeo said sunday in an interview with ABC that there was “huge evidence” Covid-19 came from a laboratory in Wuhan. He did not provide details in support of the claim.
China has also been criticized for handling the virus, particularly during the initial epidemic. He was charged with silence whistleblowers and delay information the public on the severity of the crisis.
A report According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the Chinese government intentionally concealed the seriousness of the virus from the international community while it was storing imports and curtailing exports, according to two government officials familiar with the report.
Chinese response: Wuhan mayor Zhou Xianwang admitted that the “city warnings were not enough” and offered to resign.