China denounces U.S. 'political hype' on origin tracing of COVID-19

China on Thursday rejected new attempts to politicize the origins of COVID-19, repeating that experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) had already concluded that a "lab leak" was "extremely unlikely." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks after U.S. President Biden ordered a probe into COVID-19 origins on Wednesday.

Zhao reiterated China's support for a comprehensive, transparent and evidence-based international investigation and stressed that China's open and transparent stance has been positively appraised by international experts.

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