US escalation of blame game against China by considering sending investigator ‘absurd, unrealistic’

By Chen Qingqing Source:Global Times Published: 2020/4/20 17:42:03

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with patients who have recovered from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

It's absurd and unrealistic for the US to send an investigation team to China to look into the coronavirus outbreak, as Washington wants to not only be "the world's cop" but also "the world's judge," and there is no way China hawks inside the US government will achieve their aim of accelerating the blame game against China, warned the chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

US President Donald Trump said at a Sunday briefing that his government wants to send a team into China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak, which has so far caused over 750,000 infection cases and more than 40,000 deaths in the US. The US president said he is not happy with China, where the pandemic emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province. 

Some US officials also confirmed that a full-scale investigation has been launched to see whether the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, Fox News said, citing several unnamed sources. 

"This is part of the US tactic of shifting the blame to China, as the situation keeps worsening in the country due to the lack of preparedness and failed strategies to contain the spread," Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist of China CDC, told the Global Times on Monday. 

"From what he said, Trump is not an honest man, and has absolutely no right to send an investigation team to China," Zeng said, noting that the majority of cases in the US have been imported from Europe, not from China. 

Trump came up with the idea of sending investigators to China after warning the country on Saturday that Beijing should face consequences if it was "knowingly responsible" for the coronavirus pandemic, an apparent sign that the war of words between two largest countries in the world is escalating. 

Some GOP lawmakers in the US have been floating the conspiracy theory that the virus came from a biochemical lab, launching a well-calculated plan of making China pay for the losses caused by the outbreak and holding the country accountable. 

"This is ridiculous. After being the world's cop, does the US want to be the world's judge now?" Zeng asked. 


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