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La Chine n'invitera pas d'experts internationaux à enquêter sur la source de Covid-19 avant d'avoir obtenu la "victoire finale" sur le virus, a déclaré mercredi l'ambassadeur de Pékin auprès des Nations unies à Genève, malgré les appels grandissants pour une enquête indépendante sur la gestion de l'épidémie par la Chine.
La priorité de la Chine est d'abord de vaincre la pandémie - puis de contrer ce que Chen Xu a appelé la politisation américaine "absurde et ridicule" de la crise des coronavirus, a-t-il ajouté lors d'un point de presse en ligne.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is awaiting an invitation from China to participate in its investigations into the animal origins of the virus, first reported in Wuhan city in December.
The revelation came in the midst of a growing international reaction against Chinese “wolf wars” diplomats, who launched an aggressive response against governments calling for an independent investigation into the epidemic that killed more than 250,000 people around the world. world and immersed the economies in a global world. recession.
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When Chen was asked when the WHO could expect an invitation to investigate on Wednesday, the Chinese ambassador to Geneva replied, “The top priority, for now, is to focus on the fight against the pandemic until we win the final victory.
“It is not that we are allergic to any type of investigation, survey or assessment,” he said, as it could help international efforts to prepare for future public health emergencies.
“To know if or how the invitation will take place, we need to have the right prioritization right now, and on the other hand, we need the right atmosphere. “
US focuses on Wuhan lab
Chen said the mood had been soured by “politically motivated” accusations against China, “dirtying, demonizing” its handling of the initial epidemic.
President Donald Trump has been increasingly critical, saying last week that he had seen evidence linking Covid-19 to a maximum security virology laboratory in Wuhan and threatening new commercial rates.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed criticism of Beijing’s handling of the epidemic on Wednesday.
“China could have spared the world a descent into global economic unrest. They had a choice, but instead – instead – China covered the Wuhan epidemic, “Pompeo told reporters.
“China still refuses to share the information we need to keep people safe,” added Pompeo.
Over the weekend, Pompeo argued that there was “enormous evidence” showing that the new coronavirus came from the laboratory in Wuhan.
On Wednesday, China again responded to Pompeo’s allegations, saying it “has no” evidence.
“I think this matter should be left to scientists and health professionals, not politicians who lie for their own national political ends,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a point. press releases in Beijing.
Taiwan requests to attend WHO meeting
In his comments on Wednesday, Chen echoed the official statement from Beijing, noting that “some American politicians, state of mind is a constant problem. They have taken an approach that is against anything from China. We cannot allow this type of political virus. to spread freely without any brakes, “he said.
Trump accused the WHO of being too close to China and of mismanaging and concealing the spread of the virus.
Chen offered his full support to the United Nations health agency and insisted that there was no question that its managing director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was “influenced by China”.
His claim has been denied by Taiwan, a democratic island nation excluded from WHO, due to Chinese objections since Beijing considered Taiwan one of its provinces.
Taiwan responded to the virus early late last year before WHO issued international guidelines on the Wuhan epidemic. Taipei lobbied to attend, as an observer, a May 17 meeting of the WHO decision-making body, the World Health Assembly (WHA), although government and diplomatic sources say the China will block this decision.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)