CHINA Zhao Lijian responds to tweet questioning origin of COVID-19

CHINA

Zhao Lijian responds to tweet questioning origin of COVID-19

CGTN

07:49, April 08, 2020

07-35.png

Screenshot from Zhao's Twitter. (Photo: CGTN)

Chinese spokesperson Zhao Lijian Tuesday responded to queries over earlier tweets by him that questioned the origin of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Zhao's tweet urged the U.S. to be transparent and suggested the origin of the outbreak in Wuhan might have resulted from U.S. troops that came to China last October during the Wuhan Military Games.

The tweet resulted in backlash from U.S. President Donald Trump who doubled down on blaming China for the coronavirus pandemic and used the racist term "Chinese virus" instead of its official name COVID-19.

At Tuesday's press conference, Zhao defended his tweets by saying it was a personal response to comments made by some U.S. politicians attempting to stigmatize China.

Zhao reiterated China's consistent position regarding the origin of the virus by saying it is a scientific question that requires professional opinions.

He called for international cooperation amid the global outbreak of the pandemic, hoping China and the U.S. would meet each other halfway and fully implement the consensuses reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in their phone call on March 27.


Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue