China protested after U.S. sanctions over the coronavirus pandemic

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China strongly protests the introduction of a bill against China in the U.S., which provides for sanctions for COVID-19, said Wednesday, May 13, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang.

“The relevant bill introduced by some U.S. senators completely disregards the facts, they want to start an investigation with a presumption of guilt in order to blame China for the failure to fight the epidemic. That is impossible. We express a strong protest.”

Earlier, on May 13, it was reported that the U.S. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham introduced in Congress a bill that allows U.S. President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on China for its refusal to cooperate in investigations into the origin of coronavirus infection.

On May 3, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington had “huge evidence” that the new coronavirus originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.