The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for making up a "pack of lies," urging US politicians who indulged in blame games to focus more on saving American lives.
"If Pompeo has evidence, then show it! If not, are you busy making up this 'evidence?'" Hua Chunying, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at Thursday's media briefing in response to a series of remarks from Pompeo on the origin of the novel coronavirus.
Pompeo on Wednesday said the US is not certain about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, after claiming over the weekend that there was "enormous evidence" the virus originated in the Wuhan lab.
Pete Daszak, president of US-based EcoHealth Alliance, has been working with the Wuhan lab for 15 years. In an interview in April, he said the theory that the virus found its way out of the Wuhan lab was "pure baloney."
The Wuhan P4 laboratory is a joint government cooperation project between China and France, which is run in strict accordance with international standards from design to management, and construction. The first group of laboratory personnel received training in the US and France, and the lab is tested annually by third party institutions, Hua said.
"How much truth is hidden by the US? Who is putting American lives at risk? Isn't the loss of more than 60,000 American lives enough to awaken the conscience of US politicians? Can they really give up moral decency for their political gains? This war is not only between humans and virus, but also between truth and lies," Hua said.
She urged US politicians who have become caught up in buck-passing games to focus on how to contain the pandemic and save more American lives.