Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2021/08/31

CCTV: According to reports, former US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Ford once wrote an open letter to reveal how a handful of individuals in the US Department of State have cooked up the lab leak theory. Do you have any comment on that?

Wang Wenbin: I noted relevant reports. This open letter by former Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Ford is another convincing proof that certain US politicians have abandoned science, fabricated lies, and smeared and slandered China on the issue of origins study.

According to this open letter by Ford published in June this year, from December 2020 to early January 2021, under the direction of former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Miles Maochun Yu, member of the US State Department's policy planning staff, instructed Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas DiNanno in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) and adviser David Asher to bypass biological scientists and BW experts to brief this false argument inside the Department that the coronavirus is a BW agent deliberately unleashed upon the world by the Chinese government. After Ford sent several emails to remind Thomas DiNanno and David Asher to establish expert vetting group or process that would involve scientists, the AVC held a panel discussion in January this year, where the panelists pointed out key flaws in relevant documents. Ford later sent e-mails about the panel to a number of his senior State Department colleagues, saying that the assertions AVC had been making seemed to have major problems. Ford suspected it is because of this that the argument about biological weapon was not mentioned in the "Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology" issued on January 15 by the high-level officials of the State Department. Instead, they put forward in the fact sheet the speculative argument of whether COVID-19 had originated at the laboratory.

All this shows that some US politicians have completely turned origins tracing into political manipulation in total disregard of scientific grounds and factual basis. Their true intention is to sling mud at China by all means. As they found the assertion of China unleashing the virus as a biological weapon couldn't hold water, they then sought to spread the "lab leak theory". Nothing is more unscrupulous and despicable than such behavior of the US. It has been seen through by more and more perceptive people and will be met with stronger backlash from the international community.

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