U.S. guilty of 'three sins' in COVID-19 response, origin-tracing: MOFA

Source:CGTN 30-07-21 09:09 Updated BJT
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The U.S. is guilty of "three sins" in COVID-19 pandemic response and origin-tracing, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during a daily press conference on Thursday.

The sins include allowing the virus to spread untracked, hiding the truth about the virus and seeking "origin-tracing terrorism," Zhao said when answering a question from CGTN.

"The U.S. has been fanning the flames and gearing up its political manipulation with regards to origin-tracing," he said.

'Allowing the virus to spread untracked'

According to Zhao, the U.S. political manipulation over epidemic prevention and control caused 35 million infections and over 610,000 deaths.

"The U.S. has not taken effective exit control measures, resulting in imported cases from the U.S. in many countries," he said. 

"Despite international opposition, the U.S. has repatriated tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who are infected with COVID-19, which has directly caused many serious diseases in Latin America."

The U.S. action is tantamount to "exporting viruses," Zhao quoted a New York Times report.

'Hiding the truth about the virus'

Research shows that the number of COVID-19 infections and related deaths in the U.S. may be as high as 65 million and 900,000, respectively, much higher than official statistics, Zhao said. 

"Is this the so-called transparent and responsible attitude of the U.S. side?" Zhao questioned.

'Origin-tracing terrorism'

Zhao also accused the U.S. of seeking what he called "origin-tracing terrorism."

"Since the first 'Chinese virus' shouted by the former government, the U.S. has been spreading virus stigmatization around the world," Zhao said. "The U.S. is also trying to bind China and even Asian countries to the origin of coronavirus, leading to the rising anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S. and some Western countries."

Many Asian people have been subjected to discrimination, oppression and even personal threats, leading to terror and insecurity, he added.

Editor: zhangrui
30-07-21 09:09 BJT
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