German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that the more transparent China is about the origin of the virus, the more it will benefit many people. The call came after Beijing rejected Australia’s request for an international investigation of the virus origin.
“I believe the more transparent China is about the origin of the virus, the more it will benefit the world because more people will learn about it,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized to the media on April 20.
Merkel also reminded people not to be subjective and said that if the COVID-19 pandemic was a forest, Germany would only go to the top of the forest, not out of the forest.
Merkel’s remarks came amid a controversy between China and the West over the origin of the new strain of coronavirus that causes acute respiratory infections (COVID-19). As of April 20, more than 2.4 million people were infected worldwide, of which 166,000 died.
On April 19, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne requested an independent international investigation of the origin of corona virus and Chinese treatment in the early stages of the outbreak.
Responding to this, during a press conference on April 20, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Canh Shang emphasized the Western accusations as “an insult to the great efforts and sacrifices of the people.” Chinese people “in preventing disease spread.
“We are also victims of virus attacks, not perpetrators of viruses or virus accomplices,” Canh Sang argued. “Attacking and belittling other countries’ reputation only wastes time, not saving lives,” said the representative of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The United States, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the UK – Western countries – are the leading countries in the number of infections and deaths. China, the country that started the disease, had more than 82,000 cases but only about 1,000 were being treated.
US President Donald Trump fired the opening shot on suspicion of Chinese figures and warned Beijing would suffer the consequences if it purposely let the disease spread into a global pandemic. France and Britain, two American allies, also responded.
China has repeatedly denied its conspiracy theories to create a new strain of corona virus, even a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman countered by saying the US military had brought the virus to China.
On April 18, the head of the P4 Biological Laboratory at the Wuhan Virological Institute denied that conspiracy theories say the place had created the deadly virus and spread to the world.