A conspiracy theory that links the origins of Covid-19 to a US military lab is trending on Chinese social media on Wednesday (Jan. 20), after a spokesperson from the country’s foreign ministry redirected the public’s focus to the lab this week.
The fresh attention being drawn by a Chinese official to the theory just ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden today (Jan. 20) as president, could indicate that the new administration will face an uphill battle when it comes to US-China relationship, and a continuation of the blame game between the two countries over the pandemic.
This hashtag has shot to the top among trending topics on Weibo, with many saying they firmly believe that the US is the origin of the pandemic now that this theory has the official endorsement from the foreign ministry. https://t.co/zwyLuJEN4Q
— Jane Li (@Jane_Li911) January 19, 2021
Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, said on Monday (Jan. 18) at a press conference that the US should open Fort Detrick, a military medical research base in Maryland, for further investigation as a possible origin of Covid-19. “I’d like to stress that if the United States truly respects facts, it should open the biological lab at Fort Detrick, give more transparency to issues like its 200-plus overseas bio-labs, invite WHO [the World Health Organization] experts to conduct origin-tracing in the United States, and respond to the concerns from the international community with real actions,” she said. (Read more from “China’s Gift for the Biden Inauguration Is a Conspiracy Theory About COVID-19’s U.S. Origins” HERE)