Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
China News Service: Recently Mike Gallagher, US Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district, posted an article on the COVID-19, saying that China is engaged in a systematic “coverup“ designed to avoid culpability for its “mishandling“ of the pandemic. What is China’s comment?
Zhao Lijian: Since the onset of the epidemic, China has unreservedly shared with other countries its experience in containment and treatment in an open and transparent manner. China has received WHO experts twice and co-released with WHO the joint mission report on origin-tracing, making positive contributions to the global response. China’s efforts have gained worldwide recognition.
I wonder if the US congressman concerned has paid enough attention to the massive outbreak of EVALI in Wisconsin in July 2019. The world has yet to see a clear conclusion about the disease. As a lawmaker representing Wisconsin, does he think this is a systematic “coverup” by the US side? If he really wants an answer, it might help if he drives to Fort Detrick from Wisconsin to find out the truth. In June 2019, research work at Fort Detrick was suspended after an inspection found failure to follow procedures and mechanic glitches and leaks. Around the same time, EVALI broke out on a large scale in Wisconsin.
Fort Detrick is infamous for its security risks and leak incidents. Its so-called research respecting no moral bottom line and “release of viruses” are just shocking. After WWII, it sheltered and recruited some notorious Nazi war criminals and took over their research in biological warfare. Among them are Erich Traub, head of Nazi Germany’s biological warfare lab, and Shiro Ishii, who was in charge of Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army that waged the war of aggression against China. At Fort Detrick, the objects of experiments include plants, animals and human beings. According to reports, Sidney Gottlieb, who was in charge of human experiments, once gave seven black prisoners excessive doses of LSD for 77 days straight to test how drugs work on forcing confessions.
In the face of widespread doubts and concerns from the international community, the US remains reticent and evasive. What is it afraid of? No country but the US can be truly accused of systemic coverup. Are there more terrible truths that remain unknown in the US? Once again we urge the US to open up Fort Detrick as soon as possible, grant necessary access to international experts to learn relevant information, and publish research conducted in its over 200 biological labs all over the world.