China Spreading Propaganda Accusing U.S. Military Lab Of Being The Origin Of Coronavirus

( The Chinese are trying to flip the story on its head, blaming the U.S. military for starting the coronavirus pandemic.

The biggest problem with this claim, though, is that the military lab the Chinese propaganda claims is responsible for the virus closed the doors of its biowarfare division more than 50 years ago.

State-run media in China as well as other Chinese diplomats have accused the Fort Detrick research lab in Maryland with being the origin of the coronavirus that has decimated countries across the globe.

A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, Wang Wenbin, recently said:

“Speaking of the truth, we would like the U.S. government to tell the truth about the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Ford Detrick, Maryland, to the U.S. and the international community.”

The offensive biowarfare division of Fort Detrick was shut down in 1969 by then-President Richard Nixon. The lab there now focuses on cancer research as well as defensive biological research.

U.S. officials have said how outlandish it is for China’s government to try to spread this conspiracy theory and others as a way to deflect blame for the coronavirus outbreak away from their country.

Back in March, Mark Esper, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, said:

“To have somebody … from the Chinese government come out and make a statement like that [is] completely ridiculous and it’s irresponsible, and it doesn’t get us to where we need to be.”

One of the leading state-run media outlets, Global Times, has reported that the coronavirus may have had origins in Spain. That report cited a research article, but it hasn’t been peer-reviewed. Global Times also won’t said coronavirus was first detected in sewage in Brazil in November 2019.

The conspiracy theory and efforts from the Chinese to deflect blame don’t stop there, though. Social media accounts associated with the Chinese accused an American military soldier of bringing the coronavirus to China from Fort Detrick, Maryland. She did so, allegedly, when in late 2019 she competed in the World Military Games that were held in Wuhan — the actual site of the coronavirus outbreak.

Back in March, when that accusation was first made, the Global Times cited Chinese authorities who were demanding action from the U.S. That report read:

“Li Haidong, a professor of U.S. studies at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the U.S. government needs to respond to the controversy and publish the relevant information regarding their health status and infection record to clear public doubts and help with the scientific study on the virus’ origin.

“U.S. politicians have been contending the novel coronavirus is ‘Made in China,’ while global scientist, including those in the U.S., have not found strong evidence to prove the virus’ origin.

“Given this situation, it is important to trace any suspicious points, the U.S. delegation to the Wuhan games in this scenario, and find out what really happened, Li said.”

The Chinese seem to be doing everything they can to deflect attention away from them and place blame on other countries.