Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

People's Daily: Informed sources have revealed that the US still intends to release the report on origins tracing as scheduled and make up misleading conclusions on virus-leaking from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, although there is not any tangible progress in the "origins tracing investigation" by the US intelligence agencies yet. High-level officials of the US government believe that the investigation is not the purpose and that launching the investigation itself bears its meaning. Continuing to hype the "origins-tracing investigations" can exhaust China's diplomatic resources and increase US leverage toward China. In the meantime, the US has been pressuring the WHO and Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to launch the "second-phase origins tracing" on China as soon as possible and pushing for a third-party independent investigation outside the framework of the WHO with allies as it sees necessary. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: I noted relevant reports. The words of senior US officials, as revealed in the reports, that "the investigation is not the purpose and that launching the investigation itself bears its meaning" is in itself a confession of the US manipulation for presumption with guilt. What the US cares about is not facts and truth, but how to consume and malign China. Isn't the US' malicious intention of political manipulation evident enough?

The world will no long be deceived by the old US ploy of set-up with a vial of washing powder. Instead, the international community is getting more and more suspicious of the US as it is sparing no efforts to smear China by all means. Is it trying to deflect people's attention from the questionable points and spotty track records of the bio labs at Fort Detrick? What is the US trying to hide?

In addition to Fort Detrick, which the US is reticent about, the US has set up over 200 biological laboratories around the world to conduct bio-military activities under various names. The sites of US labs are often the location where diseases such as plague, anthrax and MERS break out. According to US media reports, the US military carried coronavirus to Europe through a blood program in 2019 and civilian volunteers entering the US base in Italy in August that year became the earliest victims. Does the US side have any explanation?

China has always supported and will continue to participate in science-based origins study. We have twice invited WHO to China for joint research, which produced scientific and authoritative conclusions and laid the foundation for the next-phase global origins tracing work. What we firmly oppose is politicization of origins tracing. No matter how hard the US tries to smear and falsely accuse others, it does not help to dispel the doubts of the international community about the US' bio-labs all over the world. If the US has nothing to hide, it should invite the WHO to the US in an above-board manner to carry out origins tracing, especially at Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina. This is supposed to be the sincerity and attitude of a country who really cares about global origins tracing.

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