Chinese Diplomat Accuses Americans of Spreading Coronavirus


Tensions between the U.S. and China may re-escalate after Chinese official hurled verbal attacks about the origin of the coronavirus, observers say.

In his Thursday tweets, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), accused the U.S. of spreading the virus to the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak.

The Chinese diplomat first posted a video clip in which Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a congressional hearing Wednesday that some deaths from coronavirus have been discovered posthumously in the U.S.  

Zhao then tweeted, “the U.S. CDC director was caught red-handed. When did patient zero emerge in the U.S.? How many people had he infected? What’s the name of the hospital?”

“It’s possible that the U.S. military brought the virus to Wuhan. The U.S. has to be transparent and make public its figures. The U.S. owes us an explanation,” he added.

H/T: Voanews

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