China has accused the United States of taking a “dangerous stance” by calling for a full investigation into the possibility that COVID-19 escaped a lab in Wuhan, warning that Washington “could meet its Waterloo in this battle.” ‘.
chinese state newspaper, The Global Times, published an op-ed on Sunday comparing Joe Biden’s quest to find the origins of the pandemic with U.S. efforts to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq.
In February 2003, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State, told the United Nations that Saddam Hussein’s regime had developed weapons of mass destruction and posed an imminent threat in an attempt to justify the invasion of the country. WMDs were never found.
Biden on Wednesday ordered US intelligence agencies to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the start of the pandemic, including any possibility that the trail could lead to a Chinese lab.
Xi Jinping (left), Chinese president. On Sunday, his state newspaper, The Global Times, published an op-ed attacking Joe Biden for his decision last week to launch an investigation into the possibility that COVID-19 started when the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan.
Scientists work in the Wuhan lab in February 2017. The lab, known for its expertise in studying viruses, is now considered a potential source for the COVID-19 outbreak. China, meanwhile, insists the virus simply mutated and passed naturally from animals to humans
After months of minimizing that possibility as a fringe theory, the Biden administration is now joining global pressure on China to be more open about the outbreak — aiming to avoid Republican complaints that the president hasn’t been tough enough. and use the opportunity to press China over alleged obstruction.
British intelligence reportedly recently reviewed the theory, upgrading its likelihood from “remote” to “feasible,” according to The Sunday Times.
China, meanwhile, insists the virus simply mutated and passed naturally from animals to humans, likely from a market in Wuhan city.
Biden asked US intelligence agencies to report within 90 days.
He instructed US national labs to assist the investigation and the intelligence community to prepare a list of specific questions for the Chinese government. He called on China to cooperate with international investigations into the origins of the pandemic.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said last week that Biden is not interested in “serious” scientific origin tracking and does not care about “facts or truth.”
The Wuhan Institute of Virology will be guarded by the police in February 2021. The World Health Organization allowed scientists in in January, but they weren’t given free, unlimited access to everything they needed
A security guard moves journalists away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in February while the WHO team was visiting
Wuhan is widely accepted as the place where the virus was first identified and where the first known patients were documented
Zhao also called on the US to open its own labs for research.
On Sunday, the state newspaper said Biden’s investigation was entirely political and predicted the team would likely produce “a defamatory report in line with the US’s anti-China campaign.”
They wrote: “The US government is full of arrogance and does not respect the work report of the first phase of the WHO expert group.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) visited Wuhan in late January, but their report only raised more questions after Beijing strictly monitored a site visit and who the researchers who compiled the report spoke to.
The WHO team was only allowed to enter the Wuhan lab for three hours and was unable to examine the Wuhan Institute’s safety logs or the testing data of the staff.
Guards stand outside the Wuhan lab in February, during the WHO visit. The WHO head later said their report was inconclusive and all options were on the table
Even Dr. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the visit was inconclusive, adding that “all hypotheses are open” and warranted future research.
However, the authors attacked on Sunday “the strong and tyrannical demand that the WHO should serve US political interests.”
They added: “This is playing politics to hijack science.”
China has accused scientists who give credibility to the ‘lab leak’ theory ‘to trim their sails according to political circumstances’.
“The US-imposed presumption of guilt on the Wuhan Institute of Virology has gone in the opposite direction to the scientific community’s conventional knowledge and normal traceability methods,” they said.
The op-ed pointed out that US intelligence agencies were catastrophically wrong on the issue of weapons of mass destruction in the early 2000s, insisting that the country’s leaders “lost credibility at the start of this race.”
“It will be difficult for the US to do what it did 18 years ago when Washington fabricated evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction to fool the international community,” they write.
So far, U.S. intelligence agencies can only ask the U.S. media to help spread those rumors anonymously because they have no real evidence to share with the world. This traditional frame-up strategy is powerless in the current environment.
Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial that he described as a vial that could contain anthrax during his presentation on Iraq to the UN Security Council in New York in February 2003. His comments were intended to generate support for the invasion from Iraq
Washington is too arrogant to realize that its brutal accusations against China have become a political gamble on itself.
‘It has bet too many bargaining chips on credit from international morality. It actually has no way of coming back from this dangerous state.
“The US could hit Waterloo in this battle: it could lose credibility by misusing its soft power.”