Spokesperson: U.S. hyping origins-tracing investigations to consume China

Added On August 19, 2021

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said that if the United States has nothing to hide, it should invite the World Health Organization to conduct origins tracing investigations at its Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks when asked to comment on a report that the United States still intends to release the report on origins tracing as scheduled and make up misleading conclusions on virus-leaking from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, although there is not any tangible progress in the origins-tracing investigation by the U.S. intelligence agencies yet.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) ZHAO LIJIAN, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
 "China has always supported and will continue to participate in the scientific origins tracing. China has twice invited the WHO to China for joint research, which produced scientific and authoritative conclusions, laying the foundation for the next phase of global origins tracing. What we firmly oppose is politicizing COVID-19 origins tracing. No matter how hard the United States tries to smear and falsely accuse others, it can't dispel the international community's doubts about U.S. biological laboratories all over the world."
Media outlets quoted high-level officials of the U.S. government as saying that the origins-tracing investigation is not the purpose and that continuing to hype the investigation can exhaust China's diplomatic resources and increase U.S. leverage toward China.   
Zhao said he noted relevant reports and that the words of senior U.S. officials are a confession of the U.S. manipulation for presumption with guilt.