Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Bloomberg: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday appeared to blame the coronavirus crisis on traditional Chinese medicine, saying it “originates from bats or pangolins, from the demented belief that if you grind up the scales of a pangolin you will somehow become more potent.” Does the Foreign Ministry have any comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: Interesting. We already reiterated our position on multiple occasions. Tracing the origin of COVID-19is a scientific issue which requires careful and meticulous studies by scientists before tenable conclusions can be reached. Groundless conjecture or hype-up of the issue will only disrupt normal international cooperation on origin-tracing.