China to Trump's 'Jinju Bay, Sept. 11 remarks' "Nine COVID-19"
Regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's public offensive against the damage of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) compared to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terrorist attacks, China countered that it is now a "war situation between humans and viruses" and that the real enemy is COVID-19.
China's foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying responded to Trump's remarks at a regular press briefing on the 7th after being asked to comment.
"If we compare COVID-19 with the attack on Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terrorist attacks, the enemy of the U.S. is COVID-19, " Hua said. "China is a comrade who fought together and not an enemy."
"The COVID-19 is a common enemy of all mankind," Hua said. "The international community must join forces to fight a war of humanity and viruses, so that we can win this war."
He went on to say, "We are seeing some people in the U.S. going around everywhere, arguing and avoiding responsibility, " and added, "This is wrong."
"During this war, China is joining forces with the international community, including the United States," he said. "Since the outbreak of COVID-19, China has been implementing all-out, transparent and responsible quarantine measures."
Hua also pointed out, "China has quickly and actively controlled the infectious disease for two months, but the U.S. has continued to see an increase in the number of confirmed cases in Korea, " adding, "There are already more than 1.2 million confirmed cases."
"I don't know what the U.S. has done so far," he said. "If China could do it, it would have done better in quarantine work than China if it had responded with an active attitude."
Regarding the rumor of the origin of the COVID-19 Wuhan Virus Research Institute, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims, Hua also refuted, "I don't understand what he's talking about, " saying, "His remarks don't add up and I don't know what he's talking about in detail."
"He said he was not sure if the virus came out of the lab, but on the other hand, he said there was considerable evidence," Hua said. "He needs to be based on the facts."
"The research institute mentioned by Secretary Pompeo is a joint venture between China and France, and research facilities were also strictly built in accordance with international standards, " he said. "Last year, about 70 researchers from each country visited, and a prominent U.S. scholar has also been working with the Wuhan Virus Institute for 15 years."
Regarding the World Health Organization (WHO)'s announcement that it is sending a team of experts to China to determine the origin of COVID-19, Hua replied, "This is a scientific matter, so we should make a judgment based on sufficient scientific reasoning from scientists and experts, " adding, "We will continue to work with the WHO in an open manner, including the origin issue."