China will face international isolation if it does not cooperate in a “real” investigation into the source of the new coronavirus that caused the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic worldwide, White House National Security Adviser John Sullivan told the media Sunday (June 20).
In an interview on “Sunday Fox News,” Sullivan said the United States will continue to strengthen cooperation with allies and partners until a thorough investigation is conducted into how the new coronavirus emerged and who is responsible for it. He stressed that the goal is to give China a clear choice of either allowing investigators access in a responsible manner to conduct a “real” investigation to find the source of the virus, or face international isolation.
The call for another investigation into the source of the new coronavirus comes after leaders attending a G-7 summit of industrialized democracies in Britain last week. President Joe Biden last month ordered the U.S. intelligence community to redouble its efforts to investigate and identify where the new coronavirus came from and to report back to the White House within 90 days.
Sullivan also said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the U.S. will not issue threats or ultimatums at this time. If China doesn’t do its part, the U.S. will be forced to consider what its response will be and will coordinate with allies and partner nations. He stressed that he would not simply accept China saying no.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who has been called a “war wolf diplomat” and has tried to “blame” the U.S. for the source of the new virus, said at a regular Foreign Ministry press conference on Monday (June 21) that Sullivan’s statement was “China is strongly dissatisfied, resolutely opposed and will never accept it. Zhao Lijian also called the U.S. push for a “politically manipulative” international investigation.
Zhao Lijian claimed that China has shared its experience in COVID-19 prevention with other countries, hosted World Health Organization (WHO) experts to China twice, and issued a joint expert group traceability report with WHO.
However, the two WHO investigations to China have been widely criticized as being closely manipulated and manipulated by the Chinese Communist authorities, with no access to the real original information on the origin of the virus, making them unconvincing and unacceptable.
Even China-backed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press conference on March 30 this year on the release of the WHO panel’s report, criticized China for refusing to provide the expert team with raw data in some areas, making it difficult for the experts to obtain raw data on early cases of new coronaviruses. Tan Desai also said that the expert team’s investigation of the Wuhan virus laboratory was insufficient to rule out the possibility of virus leakage from the laboratory.
The WHO-led team of experts visited Wuhan and the surrounding area for a four-week so-called “investigation” in January and February of this year. In the final report, written jointly with Chinese scientists, the team said it was likely that the new coronavirus was transmitted from bats to humans by another animal, and that the possibility of a laboratory leak was “extremely unlikely.
However, the WHO team of experts still cannot determine where the virus started, what the host is and how it began to spread in the population, the analysis said.