China is threatening to retaliate against any country that claims the coronavirus originated from a Wuhan lab leak — a warning that comes as a US intelligence community report was “inconclusive” about the origins of the pandemic.
“We will continue to cooperate with international organizations like the WHO in their research and in their search for the origins,” said Fu Cong, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s Arms Control Department, according to Bloomberg News.
“But we do not accept baseless and unfounded accusations that are politically motivated. And if they want to baselessly accuse China, so they better be prepared to accept the counterattack from China,” he said on Wednesday.
The 90-day review President Biden ordered US intelligence agencies to conduct in May concluded on Tuesday, and an unclassified report may be released to the public as soon as next week, the White House said.
The classified version delivered to the president was “inconclusive” on whether COVID-19 was transmitted by animals or escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology because China refused to cooperate, according to a report in the Washington Post.
China has denied that the deadly virus that has killed more than 4 million people around the globe originated at the Wuhan lab and has even pushed the conspiracy theory that coronavirus leaked from Fort Detrick in Maryland, which conducts biological weapons research.
Fu said the US should allow a team of investigators from the World Health Organization investigate the lab in the interests of transparency.
The lab “is known as the center of the U.S. government’s darkest experiments,” he said. “Serious concerns have long been raised by the international community, including the American public, over Fort Detrick.”
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