90 Miles From Tyranny : State Dept. 'hauled in' Chinese ambassador - then put China 'on notice' for lying to world, blaming America for coronavirus

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

State Dept. 'hauled in' Chinese ambassador - then put China 'on notice' for lying to world, blaming America for coronavirus

'We wanted to put the government on notice...'

The State Department hauled in the Chinese ambassador to the United States on Friday to confront him over communist China's increased effort to blame America for the global coronavirus outbreak.

Diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and China increased significantly this week after top Chinese propagandist Zhao Lijian, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, publicly shifted blame for coronavirus onto America, claiming it "might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan."

According to Reuters, David Stillwell, the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, summoned Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the U.S., and delivered a very "stern representation," which resulted in the Chinese delegation becoming "very defensive."

CBS News confirmed the development:

A State Department official who spoke with Reuters said China wants to deflect criticism for "starting a global pandemic and not telling the world" — but the U.S. is putting China "on notice."

"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.

Despite being responsible for the coronavirus pandemic, China has been working overtime to remake its image as the world's responsible global superpower, the New York Times reported in February.

From the Times:

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ontoiran said...

I was not aware we had any bases in china. huh. learn something new every day

Cato the Nth said...

The Russians have recently tried to blame Chernobyl on the USA and the CIA so not surprised.

capt fast said...

so, frank diplomatic discourse is just how far below raging snit?

Unknown said...

The PRC is accusing the US Army of the disease. Unfortunately, it is likely a half-truth: developed in Winnipeg, Manitoba and smuggled to China for completion.
Personally, I find the timing extremely suspect.
With all the hysteria around this disease, and comparing it to the flu that makes its rounds every winter, it appears to be quite docile and marketedly less deadly. That is if the information we are being spoon fed is entirely true - if it is truly deadly, why not similar numbers compared to our annual inflenza? If it is as weak as it seems, why so much government clamp down on everything? The borders are closed, except for the illegal immigrants/invaders who are originating from Africa and not being screened. Apparently walking through that crossing cleanses you of all health issues (perhaps all Canadians should have a pilgrimage through that same crossing - all our health woes would fall away.)
To coin a phrase: no single one of us will ever be as stupid as all of us put together.
On top of that, many anti-Liberal Left postings are being removed from Facebook within minutes of being put up. However, pro-Trudeau and pro-Left postings are constant... interesting.
It is time to stop trusting our government with anything.