Chinese public television on Monday called “insane and imprecise” the words of the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on the origin of the pandemic linked to the new coronavirus, raising the tension even further. between China and the United States.
The day before, Mr. Pompeo said that “there is a significant amount of evidence” that the new coronavirus comes from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the cradle of the pandemic.
“There is immense evidence that this is where it started,” he insisted, refusing to say if he thought the virus had been intentionally released by Beijing.
This conspiracy theory has been repeatedly denied by the World Health Organization (WHO) and many experts. But it was put forward insistently by the American government of Donald Trump, who is very critical of the way in which China has managed the epidemic since its end 2019 in Wuhan.
M. Trump himself is under fire for his management of the pandemic in the United States.
Since the end 2019, the coronavirus has killed more than 247 000 people and contaminated 3.5 million of human beings across the planet.
The vitriolic comment from the Chinese channel CCTV attacked the “evil Pompeo” who “spits his venom and spreads lies for no reason”.
“These biased and insane remarks by American politicians make more and more people understand that this” evidence “does not exist”, according to CCTV. “American politicians are trying to blame someone else, rig the election and suppress China when their own efforts against the epidemic are a disaster.”
Two other comments published Monday in the People's Daily, the official organ of the Communist Party, described Mr. Pompeo and Steve Bannon, the former strategist of Donald Trump in the White House, as “lying clowns” and M. Bannon from “Living Cold War Fossil.”
M. Bannon said last week that China had committed a “biological Chernobyl” against the United States, also citing the White House theory of Wuhan's laboratory.
China and the United States have waged a war of words on the origin of the virus since Chinese Foreign Minister Zhao Lijian raised in March a theory that the US military brought the virus in China.
The tone has only increased since then, the two superpowers accusing themselves of misinformation.
Last week, Mr. Trump also said he had proof that the laboratory in Wuhan was the source of the pandemic.
No such evidence has been provided by the Trump government.