A Chinese Foreign Ministry official put forward the conspiracy theory of the Coronavirus, suggesting that the US military may have a role in spreading the virus.
This proposal highlighted the growing tension between the two largest economies economically, as the two governments seek to avoid blame for an outbreak.
The US President had previously said that the Chinese government had not dealt with the virus properly, and was responsible for its spread around the world.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Legian came to pour oil on the fire when he responded in a tweet, saying, “It may be the US military that brought the epidemic to Wuhan.” “Be transparent! The United States owes us an explanation!”
He later followed her with another tweet urging his 284,000 followers to participate, wondering if the virus arose in the United States. It was posted on a website that promotes conspiracy theories, including critical articles of the “deep vaccine state”, which previously questioned whether Osama bin Laden was a real person and ever existed.
“The international community, including the United States, has different opinions about the source of the virus. But China always believes that this is a scientific issue that requires professional and scientific evaluation,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Jing Shuang in Beijing.
Ging was asked twice if his previous tweets by his colleague Zhao represented the view of the Chinese government. He replied, “I think you should ask some senior American officials, did they speak on behalf of the US government when they recently attacked and tarnished China’s reputation?”
As the coronavirus spreads from China to the United States and around the world, both countries exchange allegations about their origins. While it is unclear whether Zhao speaks spontaneously or not, he has become the first official in China to indicate that the virus did not originate there, but provided no evidence for this claim.
Responding to a question about the accusation, Ging said earlier this week that “the origin of the virus can only be determined through knowledge”, and he hoped that the issue would not be used to “stigmatize” any country.
Trump re-tweets the “China virus” and raises tension
President Donald Trump, who faces elections this year, has sought to blame China for the virus, which is rampant in global stock markets and threatens to push the world into recession. In a major prime-time television speech on the virus on Wednesday night, Trump nodded to China with many signals, indicating that the disease was a “foreign virus” and said that “comprehensive travel restrictions imposed by the United States on China” prevented the outbreak now. “The virus has started in China and is now spreading around the world,” Trump said.
This is not Zhao’s first controversy on Twitter. While working as deputy head of the Chinese mission at its embassy in Islamabad in July, he published a series of letters aimed at highlighting what he saw as the American hypocrisy in criticizing Beijing’s human rights record, at a time when Washington was intensifying its criticism of the concentration camps in western China’s Xinjiang Province.
Rice describes the Chinese diplomat as racist
Zhao talked about everything bad in America, from school shooting and income inequality to apartheid, adding that if you are “in Washington, DC, you know white people never go” means the southeastern part of the American capital, which is the Americans’ neighborhood Of African descent.
That Tweet was later deleted, but it caught the attention of former US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, which sparked a heated debate on the Internet.
“You are a terribly shamed and ignorant racist:, Rice also addressed the Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, who recently joined Twitter accounts.” Ambassador Cui, we expect you, and your team, to do better. Please do the right thing and send it to your country. “