At a press briefing in Beijing on Thursday, foreign affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said "we hope certain United States officials could focus on domestic response and worldwide cooperation instead of trying to shift the blame to China by denigrating the Chinese Government and people's efforts to fight the epidemic".
The Trump administration is planning a high-level response to what it regards as an outrageous propaganda statement created to fuel anti-American sentiment in China and around the world.
A Chinese government campaign to cast doubt on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is fuelling a row with the United States, with a Beijing official promoting conspiracy theories and Washington calling it the "Wuhan virus".
Dali Yang, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, said he believes Zhao was "tweeting in his official capacity". While it's unclear whether Zhao was being facetious, earlier this month he became the first official in China to suggest that the virus didn't originate there, even though he hasn't provided any evidence for that claim.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called it the "Wuhan Virus", prompting protests from Chinese officials who deny it originated in Wuhan.
A medical staff member disinfects equipments at a ward used to be an isolation ward for patients infected by the Covid-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 12, 2020.
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Pence assured that pharmaceutical companies were working around the clock, to develop therapeutics. At the same time, Trump said, the U.S. was monitoring the situation in China and South Korea.
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More than 130,000 people have been infected by the virus and almost 5,000 have died across the world so far. "Now we don't have evidence that this disease originated there, but because of China's duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning we need to at least ask the question", Cotton continued.
The Chinese authorities credit firm measures they took in January and February, including to a near total shutdown of Hubei, for preventing outbreaks in other Chinese cities on the scale of Wuhan and slowing the spread overseas.
"Now, the world sees the USA as the reason for many problems while the source of the virus remains undetected", it wrote, adding many people on Chinese social media believed the disease began in the US.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed Thursday that the USA military might have brought the COVID-19 virus to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak emerged in December.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Jiang said that "by sowing doubts into people's mind about where the virus originated, they're trying to deflect part of the blame for the outbreak".