China lashes out at Pompeo, calls his coronavirus origin theory 'insane'

WION Web Team
Beijing, China Published: May 05, 2020, 02.33 PM(IST)

China President Xi Jinping Photograph:( Reuters )

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Pompeo had said that there is 'significant amount' of evidence that the virus originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

The Chinese state media lambasted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for backing President Donald Trump's assertion that coronavirus originated in China.

Earlier, during a television interview on May 3, Pompeo had said that there is “significant amount” of evidence that the virus originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

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Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV calling his claims "insane and evasive".

It attacked Pompeo by calling him ''evil'' and saying that he is wantonly spewing poison and spreading lies,'' referred to statements by WHO Executive Director Mike Ryan and Columbia University virologist W Ian Lipkin.

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''These flawed and unreasonable remarks by American politicians make it clear to more and more people that no evidence' exists,'' the commentary said.

The theory of the Chinese origin of the coronavirus has been heavily pushed by the administration of President Donald Trump, who has been increasingly critical of China's handling of the outbreak that first emerged in Wuhan late last year.

Trump said he saw evidence that gave him confidence the virus emerged from a lab in Wuhan, without offering support to his claim.

COVID-19 has infected 3,642,068 people worldwide and 252,024 people have been killed due to this pandemic till date.

 

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