The State Department summoned Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai for a meeting Friday morning as the country's foreign ministry spokesperson continues to pump out false information and propaganda about the Wuhan coronavirus to the masses.
NEW : CBS News has confirmed that the State Department hauled in the Chinese ambassador for claims the foreign ministry made that the coronavirus may have originated with the US military. 1/— Christina Ruffini (@EenaRuffini) March 13, 2020
The Chinese ambassador met with the deputy sec for East Asia David Stilwell, who sources say “gave a very stern representation of the facts to the Ambo” who they characterized as being “very defensive.” Am told there were no threats, just “frank diplomatic discourse.” 3/— Christina Ruffini (@EenaRuffini) March 13, 2020
Lijian Zhao has been posting blatantly untrue and easily disposable claims on his Twitter feed that the United States is responsible for the Wuhan coronavirus, rather than the Chinese communist party.
This is such a disgusting take by a Spokesperson for China’s govt, desperately trying to blame the US military for a pandemic that started in their own country. This Chinese propaganda is a LIE! China should accept responsibility for the devastation it caused globally w/COVID-19. https://t.co/kjC1Fj4E6Y— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 12, 2020
This article is very much important to each and every one of us. Please read and retweet it. COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US. https://t.co/LPanIo40MR— Lijian Zhao ??? (@zlj517) March 13, 2020
I’m pleased to report this #China Foreign Ministry clown has blocked me for daring to challenge his outrageous lies that US is responsible for #coronavirus #Covid_19. Fact is, Chinese Communist Party lied to its citizens & the world about this virus. They are responsible pic.twitter.com/A2u8cQcoIX— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 13, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak happened in Wuhan, which is why it's been called "Wuhan pneumonia" by Mandarin Chinese speakers for months. The Chinese communist party covered up the facts about the disease and arrested doctors who spoke out about its rapid spread.
Making matters worse, the Chinese government has censored factual information about the virus to its 1.3 billion person population, leading to its status as a global pandemic.
A study by the University of Toronto shows Chinese authorities had blocked virus-related keywords on the internet, including "human-to-human," "unknown #Wuhan #pneumonia," and "Wuhan seafood market" a few weeks before the public announcement of the novel #coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/kqDJWqvOwF— China in Focus - NTD (@ChinaInFocusNTD) March 6, 2020