China has accused Boris Johnson of engaging in “unfounded suspicion” after he suggested coronavirus could have spread from humans striking up the scales of pangolin.
The Prime Minister speculated about the origin of COVID-19 during a speech at an environmental summit on Monday.
He said it was “the product of an imbalance in man’s relationship with the natural world”.
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The Prime Minister continued: “Like the original plague that struck the Greeks, I seem to remember in book one of the Iliad, it is a zoonotic disease.
“It stems from bats or pangolins, from the demented belief that if you look up the scales of a pangolin, you will somehow become more potent or whatever people think, it stems from this collision between humanity and the natural world, and we have to stop it. “
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But Beijing Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said “careful and meticulous”
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