China vows to retaliate if US report on COVID-19 origins points to lab leak
China vows to retaliate against any country that claims coronavirus originated from its labs, a warning that comes days before the US reveals its findings from an intelligence probe into 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. “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.”
China has repeatedly denied that the virus leaked from any of its labs, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The nation has been critical of the investigation, saying that American agencies have a history of being wrong.
Fu said that if America continues to push the issue, then the World Health Organization should also investigate Fort Detrick in Maryland.
It “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.”