Wuhan hosted the 2019 Military World Games in October last year, in which the US armed forces had participated.
China has made a stunning allegation against the US saying it may have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan and caused the epidemic that’s unleashing distress and deaths around the world. China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao said this while referring to the admission by the director of the US Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the country had many deaths before they were able to test for the virus.
Zhao lambasted the US for the late admission and accused it of lacking transparency. “When did patient zero begin in the US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be the US army that brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!” Zhao said in an English tweet. Earlier, CDC Director Robert Redfield some cases of coronavirus in the US had been misdiagnosed.
Chinese anger against profiling, conspiracy theories
Coming from a responsible and highly placed Chinese official, the charge is astounding, even after discounting the Chinese anger against the West for blaming it for various things like a cover-up of the death toll. China was also cut up with the alleged racial profiling as well as insinuations that the coronavirus may have been leaked from a Wuhan lab.
When the senior Chinese official says the American military may have brought the virus to Wuhan, the reference is to the Military World Games in Wuhan last year in which the US participated. Wuhan had hosted the 2019 Military World Games, officially known as the 7th CISM Military World Games, between October 18–27 in Wuhan.
The deadly coronavirus strain, officially named Covid-19 by the World Health Organisation, broke out in Wuhan in late last year. While China bore the brunt of the virus in the initial stages, seeing more than 3,000 deaths, the focus has now shifted to the West.