US-China war of words deepens over coronavirus origins reports: “A war of words between Beijing and Washington over COVID-19 intensified Monday after the Chinese embassy in France suggested that the outbreak of what President Donald Trump calls the ‘Chinese virus’ actually started in the United States.

‘How many cases of COVID-19 were there among the 20,000 deaths due to the flu that started (in the United States) in September last year?’ the Chinese embassy in Paris asked in a string of messages on Twitter — a service largely blocked in China.

‘Did the United States not try to pass off (cases of) pneumonia due to the new coronavirus as flu?’

The embassy did not point to any scientific evidence for its claims…”

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