May 11, 2020
China has furiously hit back at what it dubbed ‘preposterous allegations’ made by the US over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 30-page, 11,000-word article came as a report claimed Chinese President Xi Jinping personally asked World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom to ‘delay a global warning’ about the threat of Covid-19 during a conversation in January.
Germany’s Der Spiegel published the allegations this weekend, citing intelligence from the country’s Federal Intelligence Service, known as the ‘Bundesnachrichtendienst’ (BND).
But WHO insisted the shock reports are ‘unfounded and untrue’ shortly afterwards, claiming Dr Tedros and President Xi ‘did not speak on January 21 and they have never spoken by phone.’
On Saturday, Beijing issued a lengthy rebuttal of what it claimed were 24 ‘preposterous allegations’ made by the US concerning its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Chinese foreign ministry has fiercely rejected accusations made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Beijing concealed information about the deadly virus at the start of the pandemic.
Pompeo has also accused China of withholding virus samples he said were needed for vaccine research – as President Donald Trump insisted earlier this week there is enough evidence to prove President Xi’s regime misled the global community.
‘As Lincoln said, you can fool some of the people all the time and fool all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time,’ the article’s prologue said.
The lengthy rebuttal gave a timeline of how China had reportedly provided information to the world in a ‘timely’, ‘open and transparent’ manner to rebuke suggestions it had been slow to sound the alarm.
This article was posted: Monday, May 11, 2020 at 3:41 am