China Accuses US Military of Manufacturing the Coronavirus in a Lab

China Accuses US Military of Manufacturing the Coronavirus in a Lab

Chinese media suggested U.S. army research laboratory had created the virus

The Chinese Communist state media have pushed further with their bizarre propaganda campaign to flip the narrative and blame the deadly coronavirus on the United States.

The state-run Global Times on Sunday suggested U.S. army research laboratory had created the virus.

Earlier this week, Neon Nettle reported on baseless claims made by Zhao Lijian seemingly disregards the fact that the virus originated in China.

Lijian falsely claimed on Twitter:

“When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!”

The Global Times then floated the conspiracy theory that reversed suspicions that the laboratory located near Wuhan, might have either accidentally or deliberately released the virus as a tailored bio-weapon.

The Chinese propaganda flips the theories and applies them to a U.S. Army facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland:

The Fort Detrick laboratory that handles high-level disease-causing material, such as Ebola, in Fredrick, Maryland, was shut after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a cease and desist order to the organization in July, 2019 according to local media.

The suspension was due to multiple causes, including failure to follow local procedures and a lack of periodic recertification training for workers in the biocontainment laboratories. The wastewater decontamination system of the lab also failed to meet standards set by the Federal Select Agent Program, media reported.

The lab, which was closed more than half a year ago, recently caught public attention as a petition submitted to the White House website on March 10, listed some coincidences in time between the closure and the COVID-19 outbreak.

For example, “a large-scale ‘influenza’ killed more than 10,000 people” in the US in August 2019 following the closure; and the COVID-19 epidemic broke out globally in February 2020 after the US organized Event 201 – A Global Pandemic Exercise – in October 2019.

The petition also noted that many English-language news reports about the closure of Fort Detrick were deleted amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, raising suspicions over the lab’s relationship with the novel coronavirus.

Petitioners urged the US government to publish the real reason for the lab’s closure and to clarify whether the lab was related to the novel coronavirus and whether there was a virus leak.

The article ends with quotes from Chinese academics, which seems to frame the United States of being secretive about the coronavirus epidemic, rather than China.

Last week, the Chinese ambassador was summoned by the US State Department after a spokesperson with China’s foreign ministry suggested coronavirus was brought to Wuhan by the U.S. military.

China’s ambassador to South Africa also downplayed the country’s role in the coronavirus epidemic.

“Although the epidemic first broke out in China, it did not necessarily mean that the virus originated from China, let alone ‘made in China,’” he tweeted.

The Chinese government has already published a book touting its handling of the virus.

“A Battle Against Epidemic: China Combatting COVID-19 in 2020” selects glowing state media reports along with President Xi Jinping’s accomplishments.

It seems there are obvious signs China has implemented its propaganda campaign to protect its reputation.  

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