China is firmly opposed to the report released by the U.S. intelligence community on COVID-19 origins tracing that accused China of "obstructing international investigations" and "refusing to share information and blaming other countries," the Chinese Embassy in the United States said in a statement on Saturday.
Later, Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu made a statement based on the release of the report.
“The U.S. intelligence community has recently compiled a so-called report on the origins of COVID-19. It is a mendacious report made up for political purposes. There is no scientific basis or credibility in it. The United States has also released a statement slandering and attacking China. The Chinese side hereby expresses its firm objection. It has made strong representations with the United States,” Ma said.
Ma said China had stressed on multiple occasions that origins tracing of COVID-19 is a complex issue of science that should and can only be undertaken by scientists around the world through joint research. The United States, however, disregards science and facts, he added, and is instead obsessed with political manipulation and origins tracing by the intelligence community. “Without providing any evidence, the United States has cooked up one story after another to defame and accuse China. The aim is to use origins tracing to shift blame onto China and spread the political virus. The deployment of the intelligence community in origins tracing is in itself a compelling evidence of the politicization of the issue.”
In conclusion, the vice foreign minister said, “As a Chinese saying goes, a just cause attracts abundant support, while an unjust one finds little. We want to once again warn the U.S. side that politicizing origins tracing will lead nowhere. We urge the United States to immediately stop doing anything that poisons the atmosphere for international cooperation on origins tracing or undermines global solidarity against the pandemic, and return to the right track of science-based origins tracing and cooperation in the face of the pandemic."
The Chinese government has always supported the scientific tracing of the coronavirus origins, but opposes politicizing the study or using it as a tool to shift blame, said Zeng Yixin, deputy head of China's National Health Commission, on Sunday.
Zeng made the remarks in response to a U.S. intelligence community report on COVID-19 origins, which does not rule out either natural exposure or laboratory accident as the origin of SARS-CoV-2.
Zeng said the fact that the U.S. origin-tracing report was released by the intelligence community, not by professional medical institutions, is itself ironic.
He voiced support for scientists to conduct studies on the origins of the coronavirus in multiple countries around the world, including the U.S.