"The ridiculous remarks made by an individual TV host fully exposed his arrogance and ignorance of China," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian when he responded a question at Thursday's press conference about a Fox News host's apology demands from China over the novel coronavirus.
"Disease is the common enemy of mankind, and all people who suffer from it are victims. It's hard to know where to start with this 'apology theory,'" he said.
Zhao said, at present, countries are working together to fight the epidemic, as WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus briefed to the media earlier: "Stigma is more dangerous than the virus itself."
Zhao asked: "What is the intention of (certain TV host) spreading such groundless claims at this moment?" In addition, he pointed out that "the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak in the U.S. spread to 214 countries and regions, which killed at least 18,449 people that year. Who asked the United States to apologize?"
The origin of the virus is still inconclusive, so no matter where the virus came from, China, like other countries, is the victim of the virus, he noted.
At the press conference, Zhao said Chinese people have made huge sacrifices as well as made significant contributions for the health and safety of people around the world.
Earlier in the day, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said at a press conference that China will continue to strengthen cooperation with other countries to fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
Ma said the Chinese government has shared timely information and engaged in close cooperation with the global community.