In a rare interview, China’s ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, told “Axios on HBO” that he stands by his belief that it’s “crazy” to spread rumors about the coronavirus originating from a military laboratory in the United States.
Why it matters: Cui called this exact conspiracy theory “crazy” more than a month ago on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” But that was before the spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, began publicly promoting the conspiracy.
* The fact that Cui distanced himself from his colleague’s statements sends an important signal from the top Chinese government official in the U.S.
* Top Trump officials, including the president, have expressed their outrage at Chinese officials for trying to spread the theory that the U.S. military brought the coronavirus to China. The State Department even called in Cui to take him to task.
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WNU Editor: The Chinese ambassador for the U.S. is sending the message that China does not support the narrative that the Covid-19 virus responsible for the current global pandemic started in a US Army lab. Unfortunately that message is not being sent within China itself (as of this weekend).