China’s ambassador to the UK denies virus cover-up

China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming

China’s ambassador to the UK has strongly rebuked the US for suggesting Beijing was not truthful about the coronavirus, saying Washington should not seek to bully the China in a manner reminiscent of the 19th century European colonial wars, Reuters reports.

“I hear quite a lot of this speculation, this disinformation about China covering up, about China hiding something – this is not true,” Liu Xiaoming said. “The Chinese government was transparent and very quick to share data.”

His comments were targeted at a growing number of legal claims over the virus, primarily aimed at China.

“Some other country – their local courts sued China – it is absurd,” he said. “Some politicians, some people, want to play at being the world’s policeman – this is not the era of gunboat diplomacy, this is not the era when China was a semi-colonial, semi-feudal society.”

“These people still live in the old days – they think they can bully China, think they can bully the world,” Liu said. “China is not an enemy of the United States – if they regard China as an enemy they chose the wrong target.”