New Delhi: As China and the United States are lobbing charges of originating the novel coronavirus at each other, the two Presidents of the country are clamouring for unity. The two countries have clashed in recent weeks over the virus, but Xi told President Donald Trump that China “wishes to continue sharing all information and experience with the US,” said state broadcaster CCTV. Also Read - Centre Bans Oxygen Supply For Industrial Use to Meet Medical Requirements For COVID Patients | Highlights
The United States has been vehemently referring the virus as Chinese Virus, Wuhan virus etc. China, too, is up in the arms to prove that the virus came from the US military. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Universities, Colleges And Schools Closed Till May 15
Xi said Sino-US relations were at a “critical juncture”, CCTV said, adding that cooperation was mutually beneficial and “the only right choice.” “I hope that the US will take substantive actions to improve Sino-US relations, and both sides can work together to strengthen cooperation in fighting the epidemic,” he said. Also Read - Gangubhai Kathiawadi Starring Alia Bhatt To Have Direct-To-OTT Release?
China’s state-run newspaper said Chinese citizens and experts want the United States to publish the details of the US athletes who travelled to Wuhan.
This is a conspiracy theory like many that are doing the rounds. But Chinese state media wrote about it, dropping somewhat signals that China is not absolutely opposed to it. So, according to this unfounded theory, the virus was manufactured in a US military lab and brought to China by a cyclist who took part in the World Military Games in Wuhan in October.
“George Webb, an investigative journalist in Washington, DC claimed in recent videos and tweets that he believes Maatje Benassi, an armed diplomatic driver and cyclist who was in Wuhan in October for the cycling competition in the Military World Games, could be patient zero of COVID-19 in Wuhan.
“In a report by the US Department of Defense official website on October 25, Maatje Benassi has participated 50-mile cycling road race in Wuhan,” the Global Times article said.