Chinese officials claim the US Army created COVID-19
A Chinese government official accused the United States Army of being the source of the Wuhan Virus, playing into a popular local conspiracy theory that has been making its rounds around the country.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zao Lijian stirred the pot on Twitter, commenting on a remark from CDC director Robert Redfield that indicated that some Americans who died from the flu may have died from what is now known as the Wuhan Virus.
“When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected?” Zhao tweeted, not bothering to do a grammar check before posting. “What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!”
Ironically, Twitter is banned in China, and only privileged officials (or people using Virtual Private Networks) can use it.
Needless to say, the netizens from the other side of the Great Firewall of China were hardly forgiving.
“This is Twitter, not Weibo,” one user wrote, referencing the Chinese Communist Party-approved social media site that is popular in China. “Crawl back to the bottom of your well.”
Another user posted a photo of People’s Liberation Army tanks approaching a man during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, an image that is taboo in China.
“Lijian Zhao: ‘American tanks have invaded Tiananmen Square,’” the user joked, insinuating that Zhao would likely blame the US for the massacre.
While the western world is not buying what Zhao is selling, many Chinese citizens active on the net appear quite convinced that the US military brought the virus to Wuhan, possibly during the global military games in October of 2019.
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