US could maneuver lies to show coronavirus started in China: Envoy

Suggestion that China created virus similar to modus operandi to start Iraq war, Lu Shaye says

By Shweta Desai

If China agrees to probe into the origins of the coronavirus, the US could fabricate lies and rumors to seek evidence for conclusions it has already drawn in advance, China’s ambassador to France said Thursday.

In a wide-ranging interview with the French newspaper, L’Opinion, on the pandemic, US, Taiwan, tensions with the EU and Uyghur minorities, Lu Shaye said there is a striking similarity between the modus operandi used by Washington to start the war in Iraq in 2003 and the suggestion that China created the virus.

“The same process is being repeated … of imposing an accusation based on the presumption of guilt, then applying pressure by instrumentalizing and misleading public opinion,” he said.

Lu Shaye urged that virology laboratories in the US be placed under international scrutiny.

China and the US have indulged in accusations suggesting that the virus, which has triggered a global pandemic, was concocted in a military lab as part of biological weapons experiments.

In an attempt to shift the narrative, Chinese authorities revived the claim that the virus came from a US army lab and there should be an international investigation into “breaches of containment” at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick in the American state of Maryland.

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