China Says Pompeo Has No Evidence Virus Escaped From Wuhan Lab
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China fired back at U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, saying he has no evidence to back up claims that the virus that causes Covid-19 escaped from a lab in the central city of Wuhan.
The U.S. attacks on China were part of an election year strategy by President Donald Trump’s Republican Party ahead of this year’s election, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday. She pointed to the World Health Organization’s assertion that the virus couldn’t be man-made, and repeated adenial from a top Wuhan laboratory official given to state media last month.
“Mr. Pompeo cannot present any evidence because he does not have any,” Hua told a regular briefing in Beijing. “This matter should be handled by scientists and professionals instead of politicians out of their domestic political needs.”
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