China: We Can’t Dismiss America as Coronavirus Origin Until U.S. Proves Otherwise

Published: April 24, 2020  Updated: April 24, 2020 at 11:05 am EST

A microbiologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences implied on Thursday the United States will remain a potential origin of the Chinese coronavirus until American officials prove otherwise.

The alleged scientist, Shi Yi, claimed that American officials had “not given any public response” on the issue of a Chinese Communist Party conspiracy theory that a U.S. Army laboratory in Maryland was the origin of the virus. China has offered no evidence supporting this claim, but Shi said he could not comment on it – or the lack of evidence backing the theory – until the United States engages in “mutual corroboration of the abundant biological information and epidemiological evidence available.”

“Responding to viral reports alleging that the novel coronavirus was leaked from a US military biochemical laboratory, Chinese scientists said that they could not make a judgment on the allegation, as the US had not given any public response on the issue,” the Global Times, a Chinese state propaganda outlet, reported on Thursday.

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