Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian called immoral the bill introduced in the U.S. Senate, which provides for sanctions against China because of the outbreak of COVID-19.
“The bill introduced in the U.S. Senate completely ignores the facts. They want to launch an investigation based on a “presumption of guilt” to shift the blame. Beijing officially rejects this, considering it immoral,” he said in a briefing.
The diplomat also noted that since the outbreak of the new coronavirus infection, China has worked closely with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Earlier, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham presented a bill that would allow for sanctions against China if Beijing “refuses to provide a detailed account of the events that triggered the outbreak” of COVID-19.
According to the State Committee on Hygiene and Public Health of China as of May 13, the total number of detected cases of infection with coronavirus in the country reached 82,926, 78,189 people were cured, the number of lethal outcomes – 4,633.