China spreads conspiracies in effort to conceal its role in coronavirus pandemic

Pakistan Forward and AFP


A worker fumigates streets in Tehran in mid-March in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in China. [Asghar Khamseh/IRNA]

China is actively attempting to deflect criticism of its role in the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world by promoting conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus.

The spread of these malignant conspiracy theories is not coming from Chinese citizens but from the highest echelons of the Chinese government.

"Patient zero" in the global pandemic may have come from the United States -- not from the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, where cases were first reported in late 2019, suggested Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in Mandarin and English tweets last week.

"It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation," tweeted Zhao, who is known for his provocative statements on social media.

The United States March 13 summoned China's ambassador after Zhao's inflammatory tweets, deeming them "ridiculous", the US State Department said.

"China is seeking to deflect criticism for its role in starting a global pandemic and not telling the world," a State Department official said.

"Spreading conspiracy theories is dangerous and ridiculous. We wanted to put the government on notice we won't tolerate it, for the good of the Chinese people and the world," the official said.

The pandemic started in a market in Wuhan that sold exotic animals for human consumption, scientists widely assert.

US President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters to announce a state of emergency over the pandemic, also dismissed the Chinese conspiracy theory.

"They know where it came from. We all know where it came from," said Trump.

The circulation of disinformation is not a new tactic for the Communist Party state. The United States, in particular, is often a foil of Chinese propaganda efforts.

Rampant conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories have circulated widely on social media as the novel coronavirus takes a heavy impact, with more than 5,300 people dead and 140,000 infected worldwide so far.

Last month it was revealed that thousands of Russia-linked social media accounts had launched a co-ordinated effort to spread conspiracy theories about the coronavirus, suggesting the United States was behind the COVID-19 outbreak.

False personae on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are advancing Russian talking points in multiple languages, US officials tasked with combating Russian disinformation told AFP.

Additionally, international concern has grown over the Iranian regime's failure to deliver accurate information to the public as the uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak in the country threatens neighbouring countries and beyond.

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Whatever China maintains, but this spread is from China.


China has become an economical bear; it’s not 100% their fault. America has made several films on it; we have been watching Safeguard cartoons since childhood, it also attacks like that upon a sneeze or flue; these cartoons are also made in USA.


BBC and CNN are champions for spreading missinformation and propaganda against US enemies, world have witnessed the episode of Iraq war. Where US media was sharing vedios and documentaries of fucking mass destructions and stage had been ready for attack . Tony lair and Bush apologized after demolishing Iraq's Govt, infrastructure, Civilization and killing of millions of innocent people. As for as COVID-19 is concern it's too early to belame any country or community so it's better to wait.


Israel and America made this.


China is also responsible to some extent.


Why Israel and America are safe?


No, number of deaths in America and Israel is more than that in Pakistan, that is a separate thing that their media doesn’t reveal.


This is from Almighty Allah; repent and seek forgiveness.


America and Israel are responsible for this pandemic.


Wrong, its not China. Israel is responsible for this pandemic.


American has spread this virus to crash China's economy and caught into the web itself. That's why they have created antivirus.


Anti virus has not been created yet.


Exactly, this looks like America's plot.


This is America's creation.


Even if we believe for a moment that America spread this virus in China, then where would we place the fact that Chinese eat filthy animals, it is very likely that it produced from consuming the filth.


If this virus would have been some technology, America would have defeated Taliban, Russia would have defeated America and China would have defeated Europe. This is a curse from Allah.


It could only be America because this country is a great threat for humanity; America has martyred thousands of people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.


I also think the same way that this has been spread by America.