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Chinese Official Pushes Conspiracy Theory U.S. Spread Virus

  • Diplomat promotes article saying virus originated in the U.S.
  • Trump and allies have sought to blame China for virus
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A Chinese foreign ministry official pushed a conspiracy theory the U.S. army may have had a role in spreading the virus, highlighting growing tensions between the world’s biggest economies as both governments seek to deflect blame for the outbreak.

“It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan,” Zhao Lijian, a foreign ministry spokesman, said in a tweet. “Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!”