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Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference

 

 

FSN: In an interview with Axios, the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that China hadn’t provided the transparency, access for international inspectors, or real time information sharing on COVID-19 and said that China would be held accountable for the origins of COVID-19. What’s China’s response?

Wang Wenbin: As we’ve been stressing and as the international community has been reiterating, tracing the origin of the virus is a scientific matter that should be studied by scientists worldwide in collaboration, rather than be politicized. WHO experts have reached clear conclusions on this already. China has twice invited WHO experts in for origin study in an open and transparent manner. The WHO released the report of the WHO-China joint study of the origins in March. Compiled in line with WHO procedures and following science-based methods, it was an authoritative and scientific report.

I would like to draw your attention to one fact. In 2003, in disregard of the report submitted by the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNSCOM) to the Security Council that Iraq does not possess weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the US directed its intelligence agencies to conduct so-called “investigations” based on presumption of guilt and made allegations founded on hypothesis rather than evidence, and mobilized media outlets to hype up the threat of Iraq’s possession of WMD. The US moves to shift the blame of COVID-19 is no different from its lies on Iraq. The international community should be vigilant about this. I’m sure such moves will be rejected by people with insight.

We urge the US to stop politicize the study of origins, stop smearing China, adopt an open and transparent attitude on this issue, shoulder its due responsibilities and invite WHO experts for origin study in the US.

 

RIA Novosti: Former US President Donald Trump says that China should pay all countries a bill for a minimum of $10 trillion of compensation for the coronavirus pandemic. I wonder what’s China’s comment?

Wang Wenbin: During Donald Trump’s tenure as the president, the US reported 24 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 410,000 deaths. However, Trump has been turning a blind eye to facts and scapegoating China, in order to shift the responsibility of the botched response at home and divert people’s attention. The American people have their fair judgement. Those who should be held accountable are hypocritical politicians who once held high positions but ignored people’s lives and health.

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