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Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Babtech001: 12:48pm On Mar 13, 2020
Something that had been merely suggested before has now been blown wide into the open in China.

A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian, tweeted yesterday that “it might be the US army” that brought the coronavirus to China, giving an official boost to a conspiracy theory that had been allowed to circulate on Chinese social media for weeks. The conspiracy posits that 300 athletes from the US military who in October attended the 7th Military World Games in Wuhan, where the epidemic first broke out, were infected with the virus, thereby spreading it in China.

Zhao’s comment accompanied a video from a US congressional hearing this week on the country’s response to the epidemic. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in the video that some patients who were previously diagnosed to have died from the flu were found to have actually died from the coronavirus. The video began trending on Chinese social network Weibo, with many commenting that they now believe firmly that the US had covered up facts related to the epidemic.

Zhao, who was recently elevated to the spokesperson position at the foreign ministry after building a reputation as a firebrand diplomat who frequently attacks the US, blocked a number of Twitter users who called him out for embarrassing the Chinese government and spreading conspiracy theories on the platform, which remains banned in China. Today, he doubled down on his claims, and shared two articles from Global Research—which claims to be an independent research and media organization based in Montreal—that say there is further proof that the coronavirus originated in the US. “This article is very much important to each and every one of us. Please read and retweet it,” wrote Zhao. The founder of Global Research is a Canadian economist who has espoused conspiracy theories linked to the H1N1 swine flu epidemic and 9/11 in the past.

Before his debut as foreign ministry spokesperson last month, Zhao served as the deputy chief of mission in Pakistan. He, together with several dozens of other Chinese foreign ministry officials and diplomats, represent a more vocal, much more confrontational style in China’s public relations offensive.

“A major motivation for Chinese diplomats to join Twitter is to tell the ‘China story,'” said Lokman Tsui, a communications professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He added that he didn’t think diplomats needed approval for every tweet they send as Chinese officials don’t get into positions of power without already knowing what the boundaries are.

At a briefing for journalists today, another foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said he would not comment directly on Zhao’s tweets but said that “the international community has different opinions” as to the origins of the virus.

As the coronavirus started to spread in the US, China’s reaction at the apparent bungling by the White House in its response has been a mixture of surprise, pride, and even glee, fueled in no small part by state media outlets. Conspiracy theories that seek to shift the narrative away from one that pins China as the source of the virus are also growing in popularity, helped along by Chinese authorities. Zhao’s latest comments have only further legitimized these claims.

The hashtag #Zhao Lijian published five tweets to question the US# has been viewed almost 4 million times on Weibo. “I think this move is reasonable. Whether Zhao has evidence for the claim or not, why should we only see Western politicians attack China with made-up theories, and not see Chinese officials question whether the virus originated in the US? All we ask for is transparency [from the US],” said a user (link in Chinese). The comment is likely a reference to comments made earlier by Arkansas senator Tom Cotton that a virology lab in Wuhan could be the origin of the virus, a claim that has been rejected by scientists globally.

The origins of the coronavirus is also an issue that politicians in the US are increasing capitalizing on as the epidemic spreads in the country. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, for example, has insisted on using the term “Wuhan virus” when referring to the epidemic, while California congressman Kevin McCarthy was criticized for using “the Chinese coronavirus” in a tweet

https://www.google.com/amp/s/qz.com/1817736/china-fuels-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-blaming-us-army/amp/

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by delpee(f): 12:53pm On Mar 13, 2020
So the US soldiers incubated the virus for 5 months.

They should research more on the activities in Wuhan market and the nearby Laboratory for plausible answers.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Nobody: 12:53pm On Mar 13, 2020
Preposterous, China is just looking to tag a biological war against USA as a payback for the tradewar.


Whatever you both are mischievously cooking hope you realize the damage and spread just corona alone caused globally.


Enough of silly power play that affects by standers

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by sammyj: 12:55pm On Mar 13, 2020
grin

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by mekaboy(m): 1:02pm On Mar 13, 2020

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Lawgod247: 1:02pm On Mar 13, 2020
Ok
Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by GamalNasser: 1:04pm On Mar 13, 2020
Why is COVID more rampart in place with active 5g signal ..is 5 g weakening human immunity ?

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by sremmlyf(m): 1:05pm On Mar 13, 2020
"Be transparent"
"Make public your data"

more like kettle calling pot black

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by sapientia(m): 1:06pm On Mar 13, 2020
Chai..

This Chinese Official mumu eeh.

After reading every single word, I knew he was either high or mischievous.

So USA army being in Wuhan in OCT 2019 caused the virus.

Seems Americans are immune to it and many stuffs we have been told about its incubation period must be lies.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by TheFreeOne: 1:08pm On Mar 13, 2020
Accusations and counter accusations are of no good at this stage but all efforts should be on combating the virus and finding a cure asap.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by YorubaKinging: 1:14pm On Mar 13, 2020
The USA government has nothing to do with this virus
Please ask Bill gates what he knows about this

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Zooposki: 1:27pm On Mar 13, 2020
The Chinese official is right. That was my thought as well. US created this monster. I said so in a previous post, even before the Chinese official made this known.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by icebird25(m): 1:57pm On Mar 13, 2020
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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Officialgarri: 2:22pm On Mar 13, 2020
Two idiots! It's better they both fix whatever they created and stop this blame game.!

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by EliteStriker(m): 2:29pm On Mar 13, 2020
where is the proof

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Malawian(m): 2:30pm On Mar 13, 2020
sapientia:
Chai..

This Chinese Official mumu eeh.

After reading every single word, I knew he was either high or mischievous.

So USA army being in Wuhan in OCT 2019 caused the virus.

Seems Americans are immune to it and many stuffs we have been told about its incubation period must be lies.
I can't believe you read the article and still wrote the above.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by YungJo207(m): 2:36pm On Mar 13, 2020
Y'all watch cure might come out of USA....they are not the cause but they know the cause.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by snitchbitch: 2:37pm On Mar 13, 2020
Simple issue, what date did corona started? Shebi there are security cameras in the streets of the city it started, check all the security feeds and you will find the guys that spread them!!!

But we all know that this is no natural disaster, this was made by man!!! This is man's inhumanity against man!!!!

But there is no disease without cure, I pray they find it in time!!!! #Godbless!!!

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by ClassicMan202(m): 2:48pm On Mar 13, 2020
Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by seunmohmoh(f): 2:55pm On Mar 13, 2020
The only news I wanna hear about the virus is -Vaccine.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by A305: 3:07pm On Mar 13, 2020
Propaganda

Before war is propaganda and war doesn't determine who is right but who is left.

China should just suck it up already and fix their issues and tightening any any of their security flaw even if the propaganda turns out to be true.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by sunshineV(f): 3:07pm On Mar 13, 2020
Shoot him dead

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Originality007: 3:07pm On Mar 13, 2020
china head no correct

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Lovelies1: 3:08pm On Mar 13, 2020
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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Nobody: 3:08pm On Mar 13, 2020
Us brought corona virus yet it's citizens are dying too.. Is China head correct so?


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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by Chronicle222: 3:08pm On Mar 13, 2020
Believe it or not "CORONA VIRUS IS A LABORATORY MADE VIRUS" i know the people that made it will do everything possible to cover their tracks because it's a long planed work when the rest of the world were sleeping. Nobody will claim responsible for it because the thing is already Bio WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by akilo1: 3:08pm On Mar 13, 2020
When is buhari visiting china?e don tay oo when ajalia travel ooo ,china self

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Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by NairalandAngel(m): 3:09pm On Mar 13, 2020
shocked
Re: Coronavirus: China Accuses US Army Of Bringing Virus To Wuhan, Sparks Outrage by chiemmanuel(m): 3:09pm On Mar 13, 2020
Lai Mohammad is impressed

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