Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the accusation level against China by the U.S. regarding the coronavirus is a case of "the guilty party filing the suit first."
The Chinese Foreign Ministry added that the U.S. was using genetic engineering technology to conduct a campaign of biological warfare and bioterrorism. The communist nation urged the U.S. to be transparent regarding its biolabs and ongoing studies into the development of bioweapons.
According to the ministry, in an article published by pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tabloid the Global Times, the U.S. has at least 25 biolaboratories in 25 countries, along with the many labs and research institutions on American soil.
These overseas biolabs can be located in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and in the former Soviet Union. The Foreign Ministry even claims – without evidence – that there are 16 biolabs in Ukraine alone. These labs also supposedly cause regular large-scale outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases.
The Foreign Ministry then demanded that the U.S. address "international concerns" regarding its supposed bioweapons research laboratories.
In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry demanded that the U.S. address "international concerns" regarding its supposed bioweapons research laboratories.
"Why is the U.S. building so many biolabs around the globe? How much sensitive biological resources and information has the U.S. obtained from other countries? What kind of activities has the U.S. carried out in its Fort Detrick laboratory and other biolabs, and what's the relationship between these biolabs and its 'next generation bioweapons?'"
Fort Detrick is a military installation located in Frederick, Maryland. It used to be the center of the U.S.'s biological weapons program, which was shut down in 1969. Since then, the Army has maintained the fort as the site of the country's biological defense program.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry is attacking the U.S. for its supposed bioweapons laboratories because a document recently obtained by the newspaper The Australian revealed that Chinese senior public health officials met with high-ranking members of the military to discuss the possibility of weaponizing coronaviruses.
The document leaked to The Australian is titled "The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapon." It is from 2015 and lists 18 authors, including scientists and weapons experts working for China's armed forces, the People's Liberation Army. (Related: BOMBSHELL: Chinese military planned aerosolized bioweapon development and deployment to "cause the enemy's medical system to collapse.")
According to The Australian, the leaked document talks about how the coronavirus can be "artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponized and unleashed in a way never seen before." The document further shows CCP officials describing SARS coronaviruses as heralding "a new era of genetic weapons."
Robert Potter, an Australian cybersecurity expert who analyzed the document, said he believes the document is not fake.
"We reached a high confidence conclusion that [the document] was genuine … It's not fake but it's up to someone else to interpret how serious it is," he said. "It emerged in the last few years … they [China] will almost certainly try to remove it now it's been covered."
Potter added that it was not unusual for Chinese research papers to open discussions regarding topics the country needs to make a lot of progress on. He believes that while the paper does show that China at least considered creating coronavirus bioweapons, more proof is needed to definitively show that China did in fact act on its prior considerations.
Peter Jennings, executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said during an interview with News.com.au that the document is a "smoking gun."
"I think this is significant because it clearly shows that Chinese scientists were thinking about military application for different strains of the coronavirus and thinking about how it could be deployed," said Jennings. "It begins to firm up the possibility that what we have here is the accidental release of a pathogen for military use."
Jennings believes the leaked document can explain why China has been so reluctant for impartial outside inspectors to come into China to investigate the origins of COVID-19.
"If this was a case of transmission from a wet market, it would be in China's interest to cooperate … we've had the opposite of that."
More and more people are coming around to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is the result of an accidental leak in a bioweapons lab in Wuhan. Robert Redfield, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently said in an interview with a mainstream media outlet that he believed the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a research institution that has been focusing on the study of coronaviruses.
"I'm of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory," said Redfield. "Escaped. Other people don't believe that. That's fine. Science will eventually figure it out."
Global Times has hit back against these accusations by saying that The Australian is spreading false information and that the leaked document is actually from a book published in 2015 and put on sale on Amazon.
"The book suggests that SARS epidemic during 2002 and 2004 in China originated through an unnatural way of genetic modification originating from abroad," wrote the pro-CCP tabloid.
Learn more about the actual origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how hard China has been working to cover up its complicity with the millions of deaths that came from it worldwide by reading the latest articles at Pandemic.news.