|Chinese FM Spokesperson:The US Is Guilty of Three Sins in Epidemic Response and Origin-Tracing|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on 29 July, spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about epidemic response and origin-tracing of the United States.
Journalist: According to recent media reports, the US is not only weak in its own response to the epidemic, which has led to more infections and deaths than any other country in the world, it is also taking irresponsible measures in outbound travel control and repatriation of illegal immigrants, which has exacerbated the global spread of the epidemic. What is China's comment?
Zhao Lijian: For some time, the US has been fanning the flames, and gearing up political manipulation with regard to origin-tracing. The US is guilty of three sins in epidemic response and origin-tracing:
First, the US has allowed the virus to spread unchecked. The US, a global leader in medical technology, has let political manipulation override epidemic control, leading to infection of some 35 million Americans and lost of lives of more than 610,000. The US has failed to exercise effective outbound travel control measures, and many countries have reported imported cases from the US. In disregard of the opposition of the international community, the US has sped up the repatriation of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants infected with the coronavirus, exacerbating the epidemic in many Latin American countries. The New York Times commented that what the US has done was tantamount to exporting the virus.
Second, the US has hidden the truth from the world. Research by the University of Washington suggests that the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the US could be as high as 65 million and 900,000 respectively, far higher than official statistics. While the timeline of early cases in the US has been constantly dialed forward, and Fort Detrick is shrouded with suspicion, the US still mentions nothing about whether it plans to invite WHO in, and open Fort Detrick and other bio labs. Is this the "transparent and responsible" attitude that the US has been preaching?
Third, the US has been practicing "origin-tracing terrorism". Ever since its previous administration coined the term "Chinese virus", the US has not stopped trying to sell stories that stigmatize China. It attempts to link the origin of the virus with China and even Asian countries as a group, which has caused rising anti-Asian sentiment in the US and some other countries in the West, where many people of Asian descent fear discrimination, oppression and even physical threat. The US also plays dirty tricks on the scientific community, stifling the righteous voice of scientists, subjecting many outspoken scientists to verbal abuse and threat of physical assaults. Some media compare such behaviors of the US with acts of terrorism.
The above-mentioned three sins are just the tip of the iceberg of the political manipulation conducted by the US. It is the universal consensus of the international community to reject political manipulation of origin-tracing issue. So far, 60 countries have written to the WHO Director-General to state their position.
The coronavirus needs to be traced to its source, and so does the political virus, which needs to be thoroughly dealt with, as some takes advantage of the epidemic to shift the blame, and blatantly engage in discrimination and coercion.