Coronavirus: China says it wants transparent investigation into COVID-19 origin – but is refusing one | UK News

The Chinese government has long insisted that the investigations into the origins of COVID-19 should be led by scientists, not politicians.

Good news: the scientists say they are ready and willing to help those investigations. For some reason, though, China is not taking them up on the offer.

Today, answering a question from Sky News, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China remained “open to close cooperation with the WHO to find out the root cause” of the coronavirus pandemic.

More good news: the WHO is also open to close cooperation. So open, in fact, that it has asked repeatedly to join China’s own investigations into the origin. It has received no such invitation, as Dr Gauden Galea, the WHO representative in China, told Sky News in an exclusive interview last week.

I asked him if there was any good reason why the WHO shouldn’t be involved right now. His reply: “From our point of view, no.”

It is impossible to square the circle here. China says that briefings from the US – that COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan – are politically motivated.

And China undoubtedly has a very strong point. But then it says the proper response should be transparent scientific investigation, all the while refusing to have a transparent investigation.



WHO's representative in China talks to Sky News







WHO ‘not invited’ to join China investigation – Dr Gauden Galea

The best way of proving American claims are false would be to invite outside experts in. That inconsistency means that China is also trying to distract.

Hua Chunying started her answer by saying our report was “not accurate”, which is untrue. You can watch it here and judge for yourself.

Later in the press conference, she said that China “opposes the presumption of guilt on the pretext of investigation.”

You can’t have it both ways. Either China is committed to transparently investigating the origins of COVID-19, or it is not. Its repeated refusals suggest the latter.

China’s ambassador to the UN today said that it would “not prioritise inviting international experts in to investigate the source of COVID-19 until after the pandemic is beaten,” according to the AFP news agency.

Hua Chunying herself said that China would support a look back at the pandemic “at the appropriate time”.

The “appropriate time” is clearly not now. One wonders if it will ever come.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-china-says-it-wants-transparent-investigation-into-covid-19-origin-8211-but-is-refusing-one-11983980