Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, the accusation that China created Covid-19 in a laboratory is a case of “the guilty party filing the suit first”.

US biolab transparency urged after smearing China over weaponizing COVID-19

By Global Times Published: May 10, 2021 06:25 PM   

It is the US that is conducting biological warfare and bioterrorism using genetic engineering technology, rather than China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday in response to a media report accusing China of weaponizing COVID-19.  

The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged the US to be transparent on their biolabs and their ongoing bioweapons studies.

Quoting a so-called leaked document obtained by the US State Department, which is actually a book that is openly on sale, The Australian claimed China had been looking into whether it could weaponize the coronavirus five years before the COVID-19 pandemic, and even presented the document as evidence of China’s interest in bioweapons.

There are always some in the US who smear China either by hyping up facts or quoting so-called internal documents or reports, but it is usually a case of “the guilty party filing the suit first”, deliberate misinterpretation, presumption of guilt or merely spreading lies, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Monday at the press briefing. 

The US has set up biolabs in 25 countries and regions across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and former Soviet Union, with 16 in Ukraine alone. Some of the places where the labs are based have seen large-scale outbreaks of infectious diseases and other dangerous infectious diseases, the ministry said, citing media reports.

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson demanded that the US address international concerns: Why is the US building so many biolabs around the globe? How much sensitive biological resources and information has the US obtained from other countries? What kind of activities has the US carried out in its Fort Detrick laboratory and other biolabs, and what’s the relationship between these biolabs and its “next generation bioweapons”?

Read more: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1223060.shtml

China has a history of coverups, suppression and punishment for doctors who try to issue public health warnings.

In 2003, then Chinese President Hu Jintao admitted China had initially covered up the deadly SARS outbreak, and promised more transparency in the future.

In 2019 China broke that promise of transparency, by censoring, harassing and arresting doctors who tried to warn the world about Covid-19.

The obvious answer, to why the USA would want to maintain a global network of biolabs, is that the USA cannot trust the governments of countries like China to tell the truth, when they have a disease outbreak which threatens the safety of US citizens and allies.

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May 11, 2021