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China pushes back on dozens of 'preposterous allegations' by US politicians

China pushes back on dozens of 'preposterous allegations' by US politicians
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China is pushing back on dozens of “preposterous allegations” from U.S. politicians about its role in the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chinese government in a 30-page article published to the foreign ministry website on Saturday rejected 24 assertions, Reuters reported.

Officials, for example, disputes the allegations that Beijing initially withheld information from international officials about the pandemic and that the virus was created in a laboratory in Wuhan, China. 

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China defended its distribution of information during the pandemic, calling it “timely” and “open and transparent,” according to Reuters. The officials included in the article a timeline showing when China informed the international community.

Officials also deny a theory that’s been circulating that the virus was man-made and came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, saying the lab is not capable of that technology. 

The government also dismissed criticism of its treatment of doctor Li Wenliang, who attempted to issue a warning about the virus in Wuhan before being reportedly reprimanded and then dying from the virus. The article says Li was not a “whistle-blower” and was never arrested, contradicting other reports. 

China also pointed to media reports that said Americans were contracting the virus before the first confirmed case in Wuhan, according to Reuters, which noted that there is no evidence to support that. 

The country also said the coronavirus should not be named the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” as had been suggested by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: US, India to share satellite data | Allegations of racism at Virginia Military Institute | Navy IDs 2 killed in Alabama plane crash US, India to share sensitive satellite data Office of Special Counsel widens Pompeo probe into Hatch Act violations  MORE. The World Health Organization has issued guidance advising leaders against using those labels. 

The article mainly repeats and expands on what Chinese officials say at the daily press briefings in the country, Reuters noted.

China has reported 82,901 confirmed coronavirus cases and 4,633, deaths, but experts and officials outside of China have questioned whether the country is reporting accurate and have speculated whether China downplayed the virus when it originally surfaced in December.