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Rare Spat Between Chinese Diplomats Signals Split Over Trump

  • Ambassador Cui Tiankai says ‘crazy’ to promote virus theories
  • Remarks represent rare break with foreign ministry spokesman
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Chinese Diplomats' Rate Spat Signals Split Over Trump
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An unusual public spat between two top Chinese diplomats points to an internal split in Beijing over how to handle rising tensions with a combative U.S. president.

The differences spilled into public view Monday after China’s ambassador to the U.S. reaffirmed his opposition to promoting theories that the virus that causes Covid-19 originated in an American military lab. Ambassador Cui Tiankai said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he stood by his Feb. 9 statement that it would be “crazy” to spread such theories, even though a foreign ministry spokesman has repeatedly floated the idea on Twitter in recent weeks.