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A State Department official said that David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asian affairs, addressed a "strongly worded speech" to the Chinese ambassador to Washington Qian Tiankai, who took a "clear defensive" stance. Where the US State Department summoned the Chinese ambassador in protest against Chinese statements, hinting that the US military may be the cause of the spread of the Corona virus in the Chinese city of Wuhan amid escalating tensions between the two countries about the source of the spread of the virus.
He added that China seeks to alleviate the international criticism directed at it for its role in "spreading the virus and hiding the matter from the world."
He continued: «The publication of conspiracy theories is dangerous and ridiculous. We warn the (Chinese) government that we will not tolerate this for our sake of the interests of the Chinese people and the whole world. ”
Despite the escalation of tensions between the two countries in this regard, US President Donald Trump on Friday praised Beijing's role in "exchanging information".
In response to a question about "strange stories" that came from some Chinese officials, Trump appeared to be trying to allay any fears in this regard. The US president said that he had read an article on the subject, but he believed that these allegations did not reflect the exchanges between him and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"They know where it came from, and we all know that," added Trump, who described the Corona virus in a national speech to the American people Friday as a "foreign virus".
Tensions between Washington and Beijing over the comments about the origin of the Coronavirus began with a Tweet of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang on Twitter asking: When did the first case arise in the United States? How many cases are there? What are the names of hospitals dealing with these cases? It may have been the US military that brought the virus to Wuhan. We hope that you are transparent, and that you publish your data! And I think the United States owes us an explanation! ”Which is Zhao's tweet in English.
The current tensions represent the latest episode of the war of words between the United States and China, which reflects the deterioration of relations between them in the recent period because of problems, including those related to commercial affairs and intellectual property rights, in addition to other problems between the two countries due to freedom of the press that occupied the spotlight with the beginning of the outbreak Corona Virus. Zhao's comments came a few days after the statements of Robert O'Brien, the US national security adviser, in which he said that China had cost the world two months that they could have used in preparing to confront the virus.
The Chinese city of Wuhan was the starting point for infection with the Coronavirus, which has been classified by the World Health Organization as a "global pandemic".
The new virus has infected about 127,000 people worldwide, including about 81,000 in China. It has also caused more than five thousand deaths so far.
China faced criticism at the beginning of the appearance of the Coruna virus for trying to silence some doctors who had warned of the virus. However, since the beginning of last January, it has started taking strict measures to contain the virus, including the closure of Wuhan and some of its neighboring cities in Hubei Province, which has a population of about 60 million people.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier expressed his dissatisfaction with obstacles facing the United States' response to the new virus because of what he described as "inadequate data" from Beijing. A number of American politicians have angered Beijing by using the phrase "Wuhan virus" in reference to the Coruna virus.
Trump also described the virus as "the foreign virus that started to appear in China."