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Once criticized American officials to politicize the theory based on the pandemic, Chinese officials and news outlets have floated that the United States is the source of the virus.

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BEIJING – China is pushing a new theory about the origin: it is the American disease that may have been introduced by members of the US Army who visited Wuhan in October.

There is no evidence to support it’s broken, but the idea received official support from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the spokesman accused the US officials did not come clean about what they know.

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intentional spreading of unfounded conspiracy theory – that was circulated on the internet tightly controlled China on Friday – interrupted a downward spiral in relations between the two countries that have driven by the most basic instincts of officials on both sides.

I ca satire in a series of posts on Twitter by Zhao Lijian, a ministry spokesman who has made good use of the platform, which is blocked in China, to encourage the new aggressive and hawkish, diplomatic strategy. It is likely intended to deflect attention from the early weeks of the epidemic by sowing confusion or, at least, the uncertainty at home and abroad.

Mr Zhao message appears to be a retort to the same theory, based on the origin of the plague that has spread across the United States. Senior officials there called the epidemic “Wuhan virus,” and at least one senator that the epidemic began with biological weapons leak China

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“conspiracy theory new, lower front in what they clearly regard as global competition over the narrative of this crisis,” said Julian B. Gewirtz, a scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard.

“There are some Chinese officials who seem to have gone to Donald J. Trump School of Diplomacy,” added Mr. Gewirtz, who recently China’s handling of the AIDS epidemic, after the same disinformation campaign. “This small cadre of high-volume Chinese officials seem unaware that peddling conspiracy theories really outdid themselves to China, at the time when they want to be seen as a positive contributor in the whole world.”

circulation of disinformation is not a new tactic for the countries of the Communist Party. United States, in particular, is often a foil Chinese propaganda efforts. Last year, the Beijing government supports the American public protests in Hong Kong in an attempt to weaken the party rules.

Tactics been corroborated by a more aggressive public diplomacy and embrace new social media platform that is blocked in China for spreading the message abroad.

Victor Shih, a professor at the University of California at San Diego who studies Chinese politics, said that while the campaign was very likely an attempt to divert attention and blame Deflect probably more worrying is that some officials created the idea and persuaded top leaders to believe.

“If the leadership really believes in the fault of the US government,” he warned, “it may behave in a way that dramatically worsened bilateral relations.”

Chinese leader, Xi Jinping , has faced sharp criticism for the government’s initial handling of the outbreak, even at home. in February when a doctor convicted of warning his colleagues about coronavirus died, pushing the sensor to redouble their efforts to silence public criticism. official

Chinese officials have repeatedly urged other countries not to politicize what is a public health emergency. Conservatives in the United States, in particular, has been sticking to a loaded term that has been criticized because of the stigma of the Chinese people. Secretary while Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, called it “coronavirus China.”

In response, Chinese officials and state news media have increased their criticism of comments by American officials.

Just days before the last post Zhao, Xinhua news agency published a commentary denounced the “poisonous political coronavirus Washington” and warning that spreading rumors just driven “fear, division and hate.”

“their dangerous irresponsible remarks very counterproductive in this dramatic hour that demands solidarityand cooperation, “, written by Gao Wencheng, says, ‘and can be far more threatening than the virus itself.’

coronavirus, according to all the evidence, emanating from Wuhan, China, at the end of December. Scientists have not yet identified “patient zero” or the exact source of the virus, although preliminary studies have linked to a virus in bats that pass through other mammals before infecting humans.

A senior Chinese official Commission on National Health, Liang Wannian, said in Beijing last month that the possibility of the carrier is, an endangered species that are traded almost exclusively to China for meat and to scale, which is valuable for use in traditional medicine.

The first cluster of patients reported at t, and studies have since suggested that the virus could have been introduced there by someone who is already infected. Wuhan and the surrounding provinces of Hubei account for cases and deaths, so there is no scientific reason to believe the virus began elsewhere.

Mr Zhao statement began with a post linking to a video of the director of Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert R. Redfield, testified before the House Wednesday and suggested that some flu deaths may have been caused by a coronavirus.

“When the patient zero starts at the US?” Zhao wrote on Twitter, first in English and separately in Chinese. “How many people are infected. What is the name of the hospital? Perhaps the US soldiers who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Transparent! Make public your date! US owe you an explanation. “

Mr Zhao appeared to refer to, which was held in Wuhan in October. The Pentagon sent 17 teams with more than 280 athletes and other staff members for the event, well before the reported outbreak. The Pentagon has had confirmed cases in South Korea and Italy, and but no illnesses have been tied to American service members from October.

Mr Zhao statements were scattered on the platform of the most prominent Chinese social media, Weibo, under the hashtag: #ZhaoLijianPostedFiveTweetsinaRowQuestioningAmerica. Late in the afternoon on Friday, that the hashtag has been viewed over 160 million times, along with a screenshot of the original Twitter post.

Foreign Ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador on Friday to protest the comments Zhao, officials in the government Trump said.

at the regular briefing at the Foreign Ministry on Friday, another spokesman, Geng Shuang, ruling three questions about whether the advice Zhao has politicized the crisis and reflected China’s official policy.

He even noted the statements made by US officials and lawmakers to “smear and attack” China.

“We are firmly opposed to this,” he said. “In fact, the international community, including the United States at home, have different views on the source of the virus. What I have said in recent days is that the Chinese side has always believed that this is a scientific problem and requires a scientific and professional opinion. “

Claire Fu research contribution.

Updated March 17, 2020

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