The claim, however, comes amid growing criticism of China’s handling of the crisis and accusations that its own diplomats are circulating false information designed to cover up their handling of early spread.
In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson airing on Sunday, Cong Peiwu says reports of Chinese intimidation and aggression against countries raising questions about its handling of the pandemic are not true and that his country wants a “foreign policy of peace.”
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“We are engaged in friendly exchange with other countries so there’s no things like bullying other countries,” Cong said.
“Rather, China is a victim not only of the disease itself but also of disinformation.”
China first reported cases of an unknown new illness to the World Health Organization on Dec.