Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

China Review News: According to reports, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on April 16 in an interview that he finds it difficult to believe information from the Chinese Communist Party. "They have been misleading us and opaque from the early days of this virus." What's your comment?

Zhao Lijian: As we stated time and again, since the epidemic broke out, China has taken the most comprehensive, thorough and rigorous measures in an open, transparent and responsible manner and made efforts to stem the spread of the epidemic and proactively conducted international cooperation on COVID-19.

If the US side was misled or didn't get sufficient information in the early days of the outbreak, why did the US CDC issue a warning about COVID-19 on January 15? Why did the US announce on January 25 that it would close its Consulate-General in Wuhan and withdraw its personnel? Why did it close the border to all Chinese citizens and foreigners who had been in China for the past 14 days on February 2?

Smear and stigmatization can never cover up the truth and blame-shifting will not make oneself immune to the virus. Unity and cooperation is the only right way forward. We urge the US to stop political manipulation, get its own house in order and focus more on fighting the epidemic and boosting the economy.

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