China declines comment on spokesman’s claim of USA role in coronavirus outbreak

China blames US for coronavirus pandemic

Chinese official claims US may have brought virus to China

"United States owe us an explanation!" he added.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others have been chastised for using the term "Wuhan virus", with critics claiming it adds a stigma and is needlessly antagonistic toward China, Axios reported. Zhao wrote on Twitter.

Contrary to established facts, the Chinese government is claiming the U.S.is the originator of the global Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

A spokesman for China's ministry of foreign affairs has lashed out at the United States' handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying COVID-19 may have been brought into China by USA soldiers.

Mr. Zhao asked in a tweet when the first patient to contract the disease caused by the virus was detected and how many people were infected.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Thursday said it is the US that lacks transparency in the novel coronavirus outbreak. In his Twitter post, Zhao shared a video of Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who admitted that some Americans who were thought to have died from influenza may have actually died from COVID-19. He also asked the United States to be transparent and make the data on the number of cases and names of hospital public.

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Dali Yang, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, said he believes Zhao was "tweeting in his official capacity". But Zhong Nanshan, a respected expert affiliated with the National Health Commission, in February told reporters "the epidemic first appeared in China, but didn't necessarily originate in China".

Asked if Zhao was representing the government's view, fellow foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Friday that "the global community, including (people) in the United States, have different views on the source of the virus".

Zhao, an avid and often combative Twitter user, did not offer any evidence for his suggestion that the USA military might be to blame for the outbreak in China.

"It probably cost the world community two months to respond", during which "we could have dramatically curtailed what happened both in China and what's now happening across the world", he said.

Robert O'Brien, the U.S. national security adviser, on Wednesday insisted that the virus originated in Wuhan.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Thursday called OBrien's remarks "extremely immoral and also irresponsible".

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