CHINA US urged to respond to concerns over biolabs: FM spokesperson

CHINA

US urged to respond to concerns over biolabs: FM spokesperson

Xinhua

19:44, June 02, 2021

China urged the United States to seriously respond to the concerns of the international community in an open, transparent and cooperative attitude over its research base at Fort Detrick and biolabs overseas, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.

A soldier guards outside the Fort Detrick. (Photo: AFP)

In a recent joint letter to the World Health Organization (WHO), Chinese media called for an investigation of the US biolab at Fort Detrick. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday that this reflects “the wishes of the people."

"We have repeatedly urged the US to be open and transparent, and to clarify the true situation at Fort Detrick and over 200 biolabs around the world to the international community," Wang said.

"How can the US convince the international community when it speaks up for investigations into other countries while refusing to disclose information of its own biolabs on the grounds of national security?" Wang added.

Citing previous media reports, Wang pointed out that the distribution of these biolabs is very similar to the occurrence of dangerous diseases and viruses in recent years, such as SARS, Ebola and Zika.

"When will the US give the international community a reasonable explanation for these doubts?" Wang asked, urging the US to seriously respond to the concerns of the international community in an open, transparent and cooperative attitude.

(Compiled by Wang Yushuo; Edited by Yang Yang)

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