China got back to work on Wednesday after a long holiday, and immediately dispatched Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman with a flair for the dramatic, to handle Mike Pompeo's brazen accusations around the origins of the coronavirus.
Hua came across as less hyperbolic than usual, perhaps because state media had already assailed Trump's top diplomat in laughably overwrought terms on Monday and Tuesday.
“Mr. Pompeo cannot present any evidence because he does not have any", Hua told her regular briefing in Beijing, referencing Pompeo's contention (to ABC) that there's "enormous evidence" to support the assertion the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. "This matter should be handled by scientists and professionals instead of politicians out of their domestic political needs", she added.
You can expect much, much more of this going forward. Recrimination is the name of the game now. And Pompeo will always be short on evidence precisely because China will never let the US gather any. And, now that Donald Trump has defunded WHO and accused the organization of being complicit in a Chinese coverup, Washington won't be able to rely on the body to assist the administration when
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