Biden's 90-day virus origins report a 'frame-up' on China, has no credibility: FM
Published: Aug 24, 2021 06:37 PM
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Illustration: Liu Rui/Global Times

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denounced the Biden administration's 90-day report on virus origins, which is expected to be completed on Tuesday, saying its purpose is to frame China with made-up "evidences" and the US intelligence agencies as well as the report cannot be trusted based on their notorious records. 

As everyone knows, the origins-tracing work needs science, not the intelligence community, and leaving the work to be done by these agencies is anti-science, Wang Wenbin, the spokesperson of the ministry, told a routine briefing on Tuesday. 

"US intelligence agencies have notorious records. Their so-called origins-tracing report cannot be based on facts and evidences but only with made-up 'evidences' to frame China," he said. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said a review on the origins of COVID-19 sought by US President Joe Biden is expected to be complete by Tuesday's deadline, but it will take a "few days" to put together an unclassified version for the public, Reuters reported.

The origins-tracing work needs "solidarity" instead of "frame," as the work aims to protect people around the world but not to shift the blame or suppress rivals, Wang said. 

In fact, more evidence suggests that earlier COVID-19 cases were found in the US before the officially-announced outbreak, which also shows that the US needs to do a thorough investigation on the matter. 

A California-based newspaper the Mercury News reported on Monday that first US COVID-19 deaths came earlier in different places than previously thought, which is a significant twist that reshapes the public's understanding of the early outbreak. Death records indicate that the virus contributed to previously unknown fatalities in January 2020 in places in California, Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. 

All these early cases in the US showed that the pandemic had multiple sources in multiple places, which deserve a thorough investigation, Wang noted. 

"It's puzzling that when the US blames China for the lack of transparency on the origins-tracing research and smears it for the so-called disinformation, it has been dogging on its own problems," the spokesperson said. 

The US is urged to stop the blame game and framing and slandering China; instead, it should release the data of its early cases as soon as possible and invite the WHO experts for field studies to give a scientific and justified response to the public, he added.