Beijing, September 9th—The International Department of the CPC Central Committee (IDCPC) and the São Paulo Forum (FSP) jointly held the video meeting themed on "respect science, oppose politicizing COVID-19 origin tracing". Shen Beili, Vice-minister of the IDCPC, and Feng Zijian, Secretary-General of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association and Chinese Leader of Epidemiology Group of the China-WHO Joint Expert Group on the Traceability of the Novel Coronavirus attended the meeting. More than 40 leaders from 34 political parties in 18 Latin American countries were present.
Combining the concerns of the Latin American countries, Shen revealed and criticized the nature of the US intelligence agencies' origin tracing report, and the purpose of the US political manipulation of COVID-19 origin tracing, and introduced China's principles and position on COVID-19 origin tracing. She said that China firmly opposes the so-called origin tracing report cooked up by the US intelligence agencies, and opposes the political manipulation based on lies regarding COVID-19 origin tracing to smear and scapegoat China. Shen reiterated China's consistent position on supporting and actively participating in the science-based tracing of the COVID-19 origin. Calling for a scientific approach in the COVID-19 origin tracing, Shen emphasized origin tracing should and can only be conducted by scientists rather than politicians and intelligence agents. The international community should get rid of the interference of the "political virus" and work together to carry out a science-based COVID-19 origin tracing. China is willing to work with the SPF and all friendly parties upholding justice to oppose the politicization, stigmatization, and labeling of COVID-19 origin tracing and to make positive contributions to humanity's final victory over COVID-19.
Feng introduced China's position on COVID-19 origin tracing and its contributions in this regard with scientific data and facts, and thoroughly revealed and criticized the absurdity of the US's origin tracing report.
Leaders of the political parties including the Brazilian Workers' Party, the Communist Party of Cuba, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and the Broad Front of Uruguay, said that the so-called origin tracing report from the US intelligence agencies is unscientific and not credible. It not only desecrated the scientific spirit and undermined the international cooperation in the fight against the epidemic, but also created an even more damaging "political virus". Political parties in Latin American countries support COVID-19 origins tracing with scientific approaches. The report on the tracing of COVID-19 origins released by the World Health Organization (WHO) this March arrived at a scientific, professional, and authentic conclusion, which should be respected and implemented.
The meeting also issued the SPF's joint statement on COVID-19 origin tracing, spoke highly of China’s positive contributions to global anti-epidemic cooperation, revealed the contemptible moves of the US in politicizing COVID-19 origin tracing, and called for the international community to jointly overcome difficulties with cooperation and solidarity.