Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

CCTV: According to reports, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on August 23 that the report on the origins of COVID-19 to be submitted by the US intelligence community as ordered by President Biden will be concluded on August 24. Psaki also said that it typically takes a couple of days "to put together an unclassified version to present publicly". Do you have any comment on this?

Wang Wenbin: As you all know, in tracing the origins of COVID-19, we need science, not intelligence. Relying on the intelligence community for the origins study is in itself not scientific. The US intelligence community has a poor record in history. It is impossible that it would draft the report based on facts and truth. This report will be nothing but a patchwork of so-called evidence based on predetermined conclusions, with the aim of shifting blames onto others. It is not credible at all.

The origins study requires solidarity, not efforts at framing others. The purpose of tracing the origins is to protect the lives and health of people in all countries, rather than to shift blames, suppress rivals and serve one's selfish interests.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the US has been politicizing the fight against the disease, resulting in more infections and deaths in the US than elsewhere. A heavy price is paid by the American people. Now, for ulterior political purposes, the US has resorted to its intelligence agencies for the so-called investigation of the origins of COVID-19, which has undermined international cooperation on origins study. This is widely questioned and opposed by the international community. We urge the US side to bear in mind the lives and health of its own people and people around the world, stop politicization and return to the track of science-based origins study at an early date.

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