Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, posted on Twitter that the U.S. Army could have brought the COVID-19, or coronavirus, to China and that the virus may not have originated in Wuhan as previously thought.
Zhao, who has over 300,000 followers on Twitter, which is surprising considering China has banned the social network. He has been a very vocal supporter of the Chinese government and his conspiracy theory has obviously become a rallying point for the Communist government as they are rapidly trying to shift the blame elsewhere.
Zhao’s rant is tied to the testimony of Robert Redfield, the director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while speaking to a Congressional committee on March 11.
During his testimony, Redfield said some deaths in the U.S. that were attributed to the flu were later identified as cases of COVID-19. However, Redfield didn’t specify when those people died or over what time period. Regardless, Zhao pounced on that line of his testimony for his theory, while not offering any further evidence for the claim.