Trump's State Department Blisters China Over Coronavirus Lies
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The Chinese Communist Party has begun a full scale misinformation campaign to place blame on the United States for the coronavirus. Despite knowing of “patient zero” back in December and it
Originating in Wuhan, Chinese official Lijian Zhao, the deputy director of China’s Foreign Ministry Information Department, went on a tirade accusing the United States of starting the entire pandemic.
In response to the irresponsible accusations against the United States, the State Department summoned Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai, and issued what sources described as a “very stern representation of the facts.”
According to a report from CBS reporter Christina Ruffuni, officials at the State Department did this “to put the government on notice we won’t tolerate it for the good of the Chinese people and the world.”
A spokesperson for the State Department also detailed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s call with Chinese official Yang Jiechi, the director of the Office of Foreign Affairs.
“Secretary Pompeo conveyed strong U.S. objections to PRC efforts to shift blame for COVID-19 to the United States.”
“The Secretary stressed that this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat,” they added.
Here are more details from The Federalist:
This escalation by the Trump administration followed growing efforts in recent weeks by Chinese officials and state-run media entities to delink the virus from China, obfuscate, and blame-shift about a global pandemic that originated on its shores, spread in no small part due to a Chernobyl-like response from its leaders, and for which it still has neither provided an accounting for the virus’s origin, nor allowed independent authorities to investigate it.
The Trump State Department has sought to openly and honestly discuss the totalitarian nature of the CCP regime, while emphasizing a desire for cooperation over conflict on the basis of fairness, reciprocity, and balance, and firmly reiterating that America’s quarrels are not with the Chinese people but their dictatorial rulers.
Among some of the many outlandish claims made by the Chinese official that warranted the response from the Trump administration, Zhao said that Robert Redfield of the Centers For Disease Control was arrested for the pandemic, and suggested the U.S military played a role in introducing the virus to Wuhan, China.
Check out what the official wrote on Twitter below:
"When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!"
As expected, China has gone on the offensive following the Trump administration's recent rebuttal, saying efforts to smear China “will not succeed,” and reports indicate that all of the Chinese officials have been “very defensive” on the issue.
This war of words marks the first response to Chinese propaganda from the United States government, and it could be a pivotal moment in how the narrative of the new coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold.
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