The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) originated in Wuhan, China late last year and has since infected 292,142 and killed 12,748 people worldwide. Since the beginning of the outbreak, the Chinese government has received a lot of international criticism for the attempted cover up of the virus and general mismanagement of the crisis.
Earlier this month in an attempt to deflect blame, a Chinese government spokesperson falsely claimed that the U.S. military developed COVID-19 and released it in Wuhan. This weekend, Axios reported that the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai disowned the theory – debunking it as “crazy” and “harmful”.
During his interview, Amb. Cui denied any knowledge about the citizen journalist Chen Qiushi who disappeared last month while reporting Coronavirus.