China accuses the U.S. of 'confounding black and white'
China accuses the U.S. of ‘confounding black and white’ with a ‘fabricated’ report after State Department warned Beijing might be conducting small nuclear bomb tests
- Beijing blasted Washington for ‘fabricating the so-called arm-control report’
- It urged America to mind its own business and stop pointing fingers at others
- Comes after U.S. State Department suggested banned nuclear tests in China
- China denied the accusations, calling them ‘groundless’ and ‘irresponsible’
Beijing has accused Washington of ‘confounding black and white’ and ‘attacking the innocent’ after the U.S. State Department warned that China might be conducting small nuclear bomb tests.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs today blasted the United States for ‘fabricating the so-called arm-control report every year’ to meddle in other countries’ military affairs.
Zhao Lijian, the Ministry’s spokesperson, urged Washington to mind its own business and stop pointing fingers at other nations, reported China’s state media.
Zhao Lijian (pictured on April 8), a spokesperson from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, lashed out at Washington today, accusing it of making ‘groundless’ and ‘irresponsible’ claims
China may have secretly set off low-level underground nuclear test explosions despite claiming to observe an international pact banning such blasts, the State Department said
The U.S. State Department said in a report on Wednesday that China may have secretly set off low-level underground nuclear test explosions despite claiming to observe an international pact banning such blasts.
The finding may worsen ties already strained after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is investigating the possibility that coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab and was covered up by Beijing.
The United States was making false accusations, which ‘are not worth refuting’, Zhao was quoted saying at a daily briefing by Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times.
Zhao stressed that China was committed to a moratorium on nuclear tests and criticized Washington for making ‘groundless’ and ‘irresponsible’ accusations out of ‘ulterior motives’.
He warned the world to beware of America’s stance on the nuclear test ban.
He said that America ‘claimed it would resume underground nuclear tests if necessary and the international community should be on high alert for such a dangerous trend’.
China, estimated to have about 300 nuclear weapons, argues its nuclear force is defensive and poses no threat. The above file photo taken during a military parade in 2015 shows China’s Dongfeng 21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, capable of traveling more than 1,500 kilometers
The US State Department says there is disturbing evidence of secret activity at the remote Lop Nur test site in the western province of Xinjiang. The file photo shows a desert plain of Lop Nur
The State Department report does not prove that China violated nuclear test ban treaties, but says there is disturbing evidence of secret activity at the remote Lop Nur test site in the western province of Xinjiang.
Lop Nur was China’s sole nuclear testing site until 1996 when both China and the U.S. signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and vowed to adhere to its terms.
Now, the U.S. State Department says that suspicious activity at the site throughout 2019 raises concerns that Beijing is breaching the treaty’s ‘zero yield’ standard for test blasts.
Zero yield refers to a nuclear test in which there is no explosive chain reaction of the type ignited by the detonation of a nuclear warhead.
Donald Trump (pictured on Wednesday) said the U.S. is trying to determine whether the coronavirus first crossed to humans accidentally during experiments with bats in Wuhan
‘China’s possible preparation to operate its Lop Nur test site year-round, its use of explosive containment chambers, extensive excavation activities at Lop Nur and a lack of transparency on its nuclear testing activities … raise concerns regarding its adherence to the zero yield standard,’ the report said, without providing evidence of a low-yield test.
Beijing’s lack of transparency included blocking data transmissions from sensors linked to a monitoring center operated by the international agency that verifies compliance with a treaty banning nuclear test explosions.
The 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) allows activities designed to ensure the safety of nuclear weapons.
A spokeswoman for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, which verifies compliance with the pact, told the Wall Street Journal there had been no interruptions in data transmissions from China’s five sensor stations since the end of August 2019 following an interruption that began in 2018.
Mike Pompeo demands truth from Beijing as U.S. investigates if COVID-19 escaped from Wuhan lab
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded that China ‘come clean’ following reports that coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory, not as a bioweapon, but as part of bungling experiments to prove that Chinese scientists were superior to Americans in identifying emerging virus threats.
It comes after President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. is trying to determine whether the coronavirus first crossed to humans accidentally during experiments with bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab.
After words of the outbreak finally became public, Chinese leaders were quick to blame Wuhan’s ‘wet market’ where wild animals – though not bats – are sold for consumption, leading one source to tell Fox News the debacle is the ‘costliest government cover-up of all time.’
Workers are seen next to a cage with mice (right) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in a file photo. US officials reportedly believe coronavirus first crossed over to humans inside the lab
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is China’s only bio-safety level four (BSL-4) facility
‘Patient zero’ worked at the Wuhan lab, and spread the virus into the local population after leaving work, sources who had been briefed on intelligence told the outlet.
‘What we do know is we know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China,’ Pompeo told Fox News on Wednesday evening. ‘We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was. There is still lots to learn. The United States government is working diligently to figure it out.’
Asked about the new allegations at a White House press conference on Wednesday, Trump replied cryptically: ‘More and more, we’re hearing the story.
‘We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened,’ Trump said.
Mike Pompeo (pictured on April 8) demanded that China ‘come clean’ following reports that coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory
Asked if he had raised the subject in his conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump said: ‘I don’t want to discuss what I talked to him about the laboratory, I just don’t want to discuss, it’s inappropriate right now.’
China has repeatedly denied the allegations. Shi Zhengli, a director of the institute, told the press in February that she ‘guaranteed with her own life’ that the outbreak was not related to the lab.
When the wildlife market was closed in January, a report appeared in the Beijing News identifying Huang Yanling, a researcher at the Institute of Virology, as ‘patient zero’ – the first person to be infected.
The claim was described as ‘fake information’ by the institute, which said Huang left in 2015, was in good health and had not been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Last month, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused the American army of bringing the coronavirus to Wuhan through his account on Twitter.
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