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BEIJING (Reuters) - China has issued a lengthy rebuttal of what it said were 24 "preposterous allegations" by some leading U.S. politicians over its handling of the new coronavirus outbreak.
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The Chinese foreign ministry has dedicated most of its press briefings over the past week to rejecting accusations by U.S. politicians, especially Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that China had withheld information about the new coronavirus and that it had originated in a laboratory in the city of Wuhan.
A 30-page, 11,000-word article posted on the ministry website on Saturday night repeated and expanded on the refutations made during the press briefings, and began by invoking Abraham Lincoln, the 19th century U.S. president.
"As Lincoln said, you can fool some of the people all the time and fool all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time," it said in the prologue.
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The article also cited media reports that said Americans had been infected with the virus before the first case was confirmed in Wuhan. There is no evidence to suggest that is the case.
Keen to quash U.S. suggestions that the virus was deliberately created or somehow leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the article said that all evidence shows the virus is not man-made and that the institute is not capable of synthesising a new coronavirus.
The article also provided a timeline of how China had provided information to the international community in a "timely", "open and transparent" manner to rebuke U.S. suggestions that it had been slow to sound the alarm.
Despite China's repeated assurances, concerns about the timeliness of its information have persisted in some quarters.
A report by Der Spiegel magazine last Friday cited Germany's BND spy agency as saying that China's initial attempt to hold back information had cost the world four to six weeks that could have been used to fight the virus.
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Riot police wear face masks, as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, allow a woman to cross a cordon after a protest by pro-democracy demonstrators at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on May 9.
People surf on a beach reopened for sport activities after the lockdown measures imposed by the government due to coronavirus, in Barcelona, Spain, on May 9.
A health worker takes the temperature of people riding a taxi van, at the main entrance of Sanaa, Yemen on May 9.
A pedestrian walks by a closed Army & Navy store on May 9 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. After 101 years, Canadian department store chain Army & Navy is permanently closed due to the economical challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
A funeral employee sanitizes the family of a woman who died of the coronavirus disease outside the Red Cross emergency department in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on May 9.
A teacher is tested at the Cadjèhoun Health Center in Cotonou on May 9. Benin was conducting mass coronavirus testing of teachers ahead of the reopening of schools as part of a plan to loosen measures against the pandemic. The West African nation of 11 million is set to end six weeks of travel restrictions to key cities and allow some students back to classrooms from May 11.
People wearing the protective mask enjoy the Terrazza del Pincio in the Villa Borghese park during the so called "phase two" of measures to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic, on May 9 in Rome, Italy.
Rhoda Kay waves to family members while celebrating her 100th birthday from behind a window at Aegis Living San Francisco, as no visitors are allowed inside the the senior living facility in South San Francisco, California, on May 9.
People enjoy the sun on boats, on the Landwehr canal, in Berlin, Germany, on May 9.
Hairdressers test new anti-coronavirus measures in a hair salon before its re-opening, in Paris, France, on May 9.
A Kim Jong-un impersonator jokes with people drinking at bars, in Hong Kong, on May 9. Hong Kong eased social distancing laws on May 8, which allowed some businesses to open up including bars, cinemas, and gyms with certain conditions.
Social activist Ashma Begum feeds monkeys near a Hindu temple during the nationwide lockdown in Guwahati, India, on May 9. Begum started the initiative of feeding the animals in this area since devotees, who used to feed the animals, stopped visiting the temple after the lockdown.
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An art piece titled "Thank You" by Benat Iglesias Lopez and his four-year-old son Teo to thank frontline workers, sits on a bench outside Central Park, in New York City, on May 9.
Armin Laschet (R), Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, watches as Claudio Facoetti, corona patient from Bergamo in Italy, unfolds a T-shirt with the signatures of the nursing staff in front of the Catholic University Clinic St. Josef Hospital, in Germany, on May 9.
A woman waves a victory banner in Tverskaya Street on the day of the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, on May 9. Moscow Mayor Sobyanin has extended the self-isolation regime in Moscow till May 31, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Metro official signals the train on May 9, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku metro has opened after 39 days.
A cyclist rides his bike in front of the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, on May 9, during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, during the national lockdown.
Health officials check the documents of an Indian citizen evacuated from Dubai by an Air India flight at the Anna International Airport in Chennai, on May 9.
People lineup to collect free food during a nationwide curfew imposed as a preventive measure, in Delgoda, Sri Lanka, on May 9.
A health worker carries saliva samples from miners to test for COVID-19 at Rybnik Regional Hospital 3 on May 8, in Rybnik, Poland. Polish state-owned coal group PGG is to test 4,000 workers for coronavirus after hundreds of its miners were infected and 1,500 are already in quarantine, forcing three mines to close.
Students wearing face masks practice social distancing while reading Koran at Daarul Qur'an Al Kautsar boarding school mosque, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Bogor, West Java province, Indonesia, on May 9.
Senior Yard Supervisor Lipi Vitolio disinfects the interior surface of a bus at Tranzit Bus Depot on May 9, in Wellington, New Zealand.
Newlyweds Laura Gomez, left, and Martin Larzabal kiss while wearing face masks after getting married at a civil status registration office amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Montevideo, Uruguay on May 8.
Arantxa, a healthcare worker, poses with her photograph, which is usually hung on a hospital wall for patients to recognize her, as the spread of the coronavirus continues, in Calella, Spain, on May 8.
Volunteers prepare bags of food for collection, at the Vernets ice ring during the coronavirus outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 8.
A man sprays disinfectants as children enters the mosque to attend Friday Prayer after the government has eased the restrictions in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 8.
A man paints a semi-circle on the ground to encourage social distancing as stores prepare for a May 11 reopening, in Brussels, Belgium, on May 8.
People wearing protective face masks wait to file complaints about not yet receiving the 5,000 Thai baht ($150) financial assistance for those whose income is impacted by the pandemic, in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 8.
Customers browse at Sheridan Nurseries on the first day that garden centers re-opened in Ontario after the restrictions, in Toronto, Canada, on May 8.
Pharmacy workers wait to enter their store in downtown Lima, Peru, on May 8.
People perform Friday prayers on their personal rugs while obeying social distancing rules at Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on May 8 as normalization continues in Europe with removing restrictions step by step.
A heart, built from empty chairs, is the motto of the nationwide "Empty Chairs" campaign, on May 8 in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany.
Do Thi Kim Dung, 41, and her son Nguyen Dinh Thanh, 11, get ready at home before his first day back to primary school on May 8 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
The residents of Cambrian Road dress up in 1945 clothing and have a social distancing tea party on what is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, on May 8 in Chester, England.
Healthcare workers cheer each other on before taking swab samples from vendors at a traditional market, on May 8 in Bogor, Indonesia.
A man jogs behind a four-legged robot called Spot, which broadcasts a recorded message reminding people to observe safe distancing, on May 8 in Singapore.
Customers play with cats to find comfort at the Caturday Cat cafe after the government started opening some restaurants outside shopping malls, parks and barbershops, on May 7 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The billboard at Piccadilly Circus is lit blue on the 'Clap for our Carers' evening as part of the #MakeItBlue campaign, supporting NHS staff and other frontline services during the Covid-19 outbreak in London on May 7.
Musicians Merel Vercammen and Rembrandt Frerichs perform in an empty hall of De Doelen theater on May 7 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. One third of the Dutch theater and concert stages that have missed out on turnover since the corona virus is in danger of reaching the summer.
Medical workers hold up an American Flag outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic on May 7, in New York City.
The artist Alex Flemming poses for his intervention about the use of face mask in front of a subway amidst the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic on May 7, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
People wait in their cars for food donations at a drive-thru food pantry outside Palace Station hotel and casino on May 7, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A man leans on his cane outside the closed Jamaica flower market, in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 7. While some flower vendors with shops still open outside the market, the large, wholesale flower market temporarily closed for one week starting Thursday, ahead of Mother’s Day in an effort by the city to keep the usual holiday crowds away.
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A Buddhist monk offers a prayer at Boudhanath Stupa during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, amid the lockdown, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 7.
A Syrian child Yasemin Bekkur (not pictured), 11, teaches students in a tent camp who don't have smartphones to get distance education after the schools are closed, in Idlib, Syria, on May 7.
Police officers leads a man to the back of a police vehicle, in Sunnyside, Pretoria, on May 7, during a joint patrol of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) to enforce level 4 lockdown regulations.
A taxi driver sits inside a transparent partition to isolate himself from passengers on May 7 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A woman talks with a police officer after the government announced a lockdown of Nairobi's storied Eastleigh district and the Old Town of Mombasa for two weeks following a jump in confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 7.
School director Juan Carlos Boeck instructs the students about social distancing rules at the schoolyard of the Petri primary school, in Dortmund, Germany, on May 7.
Serbian lawmakers wearing face masks and sitting behind perspect screens to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, take part in the parliament session in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 6, as parliament meets to lift the state of emergency and curfew imposed since mid-March in a bid to fight COVID-19.
The article rejected Western criticism of Beijing's handling of the case of Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old doctor who had tried to raise the alarm over the outbreak of the new virus in Wuhan. His death from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, prompted an outpouring of rage and grief across China.
It ministry article said Li was not a "whistle-blower" and he was never arrested, contrary to many Western reports.
However, the article did not mention that Li was reprimanded by the police for "spreading rumours". Though Li was later named among "martyrs" mourned by China, an investigation into his case also drew criticism online after it merely suggested the reprimand against him be withdrawn.
Rejecting suggestions by U.S. President Donald Trump and Pompeo that the new coronavirus should be called the "Chinese virus" or "Wuhan virus", the article cited documents from the World Health Organization to say the name of a virus should not be country-specific.
(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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