China claims 'Pompeo betrays Christianity with lies'

‘Pompeo betrays Christianity with lies’: China tries new attack on US Secretary of State by focusing on his religion after branding him ‘evil’ for suggesting coronavirus escaped from Wuhan lab

  • The Global Times accused Pompeo of committing the sin of lying in a column
  • It slammed the US politician, claiming he has failed to be a ‘devout Christian’
  • The anti-America rant comes after Chinese state media labelled Pompeo ‘evil’  
  • Pompeo claimed there was ‘enormous evidence’ the virus escaped from a lab 
  • The war of words has heated up between China and the US over the pandemic 
  • An internal report has warned of ‘armed confrontation’ between the two nations 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A state-run Chinese newspaper has accused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of betraying his faith in a fresh anti-America commentary after he repeatedly claimed that the coronavirus escaped from a Wuhan lab.

The Global Times, a major Communist propaganda outlet, alleged that as a ‘devout Christian’, Pompeo had committed the sin of lying and suggested that he should be punished.

The astonishing criticism comes after the Chinese state broadcaster labelled Pompeo ‘evil’ as political tensions between Beijing and Washington erupt over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Global Times, a major Chinese propaganda outlet, today published a new anti-US column titled ‘Pompeo betrays Christianity with lies’. It accused the US Secretary of State of committing the sin of lying after he repeated suggested that the coronavirus came from a lab

Chinese officials decided to build the Wuhan Institute of Virology after the country was ravaged by an outbreak of SARS in 2002 and 2003. A researcher is seen working inside the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan on February 23, 2017

The Wuhan Institute of Virology (pictured) is affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Global Times yesterday blamed the US President Trump for ‘trying to impede global efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic’ after Trump said China had made a ‘horrible mistake’ and tried to cover-up the outbreak.

The war of words between the nations has heated up quickly after the US launched an investigation to find out if the contagion was related to the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, which is known for studying deadly, bat-related coronaviruses.

A classified Chinese report has allegedly warned of possible ‘armed confrontation’ between Beijing and Washington as the Communist Party faces global backlash over the spreading of the killer infection. 

The Global Times has slammed the Trump administration nearly every day amid the global coronavirus outbreak. Its editor-in-chief is pictured in the newspaper’s office in this file photo

China’s President Xi (pictured on March 10 in Wuhan) is facing widespread doubts that his government has covered up the true scale of the outbreak. An internal report has warned Beijing it faces Tiananmen-like global backlash and even ‘armed confrontation’ with the US

Billed as China’s ‘most belligerent tabloid’, the Global Times has been at the forefront of defending Beijing’s actions and denouncing the West over its criticism against the Community Party. 

The paper’s editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, last Friday launched an astonishing attack on Trump, accusing him of ‘publicly lying about China’.

Its latest op-ed, titled ‘Pompeo betrays Christianity with lies’, asserted that Pompeo ‘has kept spreading lies or misleading the public’ over the virus.

It went on to argue how Pompeo had gone against the principle of being a ‘devout evangelical Christian’ because of ‘his lying for political purposes’.

Pompeo became an evangelical Christian while studying at West Point, where he joined a Bible study group. He is pictured at a press conference on June 2, 2019 in Bellinzona, Switzerland

Dr Fauci (pictured on April 29) says there is ‘no evidence’ that coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab – contradicting repeated claims by President Donald Trump and his administration

The Global Times article said: ‘It is widely known that Christian doctrine opposes lying – it’s a sin.

‘A false witness shall not go unpunished. And he that utters lies shall perish. From the ‘Ten Commandments, the ninth says, ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.’

Pompeo became an evangelical Christian while studying at West Point, where he joined a Bible study group.

Before running for Congress, he was a deacon in his local branch of the Presbyterian church in Wichita, Kansas, which later moved to join the more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church movement in a split over same-sex marriage.

As the Secretary of State, he has repeatedly spoken about his religion, saying that his faith was the basis for his belief in protecting Israel, and described politics as ‘a never-ending struggle, until the Rapture.’

Chinese state media labels Pompeo ‘evil’ and ‘insane’

Various other Chinese state media outlets have intensified their campaigns in stirring up the anti-US sentiment. 

China’s state broadcaster on Monday branded Pompeo’s remarks over the virus’s origin as ‘insane and evasive’.

Titled ‘Evil Pompeo is wantonly spewing poison and spreading lies’, the scathing commentary cited WHO executive director Mike Ryan and Columbia University virologist W. Ian Lipkin, who claimed that the virus is natural in origin and was not man-made or leaked from a laboratory.

China’s CCTV branded Pompeo’s remarks over the virus’s origin as ‘insane and evasive’ in a commentary titled ‘evil Pompeo is wantonly spewing poison and spreading lies’

‘These flawed and unreasonable remarks by American politicians make it clear to more and more people that no “evidence” exists,’ the commentary said.

‘The so-called ‘virus leaked from a Wuhan lab’ hype is a complete and utter lie. American politicians are rushing to shift the blame, cheat votes and suppress China when their own domestic anti-epidemic efforts are a mess.’

Two further commentaries published on Monday by state newspaper People’s Daily attacked Pompeo and former White House strategist Steve Bannon as a “pair of lying clowns”, and blasted Bannon as a “Cold War living fossil”.

Bannon last week said on a US far-right talk show that China had committed a “biological Chernobyl” against America and advocated the theory that the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, echoing recent White House rhetoric.

In today’s column, the Global Times carried on slamming Pompeo for his allegation that there was ‘enormous evidence’ showing the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, where the pandemic first emerged in December.

The author also highlighted other theories that pointed the virus’s origin to the US.

The article said: ‘Some Chinese, Japanese and even Americans have long suspected that some COVID-19 patients turned up when the US seasonal flu began last winter.

‘There are even some reports that the lipoid pneumonia cases from vaping e-cigarettes observed in the US last year were actually the COVID-19 cases.

‘But these theories cannot be promoted as an official conclusion, especially by governments.

‘The world’s top scientists believe the virus came from the nature. No US scientist has proven it came from a laboratory in Wuhan. Where can Pompeo find what he calls ‘enormous evidence?’

The pandemic has killed more than 69,000 people and infected over 1.2 million in the US

The US has become the country worst-hit by the deadly disease. Pictured, people wear protective face masks as they wait in line to receive free food in Brooklyn, NYC, on April 24

Last week Trump told reporters that he had seen proof that suggests the virus originated in the lab, but he did not go into detail.

The US intelligence community believes that COVID-19 was not ‘manmade or genetically modified’, but it is investigating whether it was caused by ‘an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan’.

Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, has said that ‘no evidence’ shows the coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab – contradicting repeated claims by the Trump administration.

‘We’ve said from the beginning that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China,’ Pompeo said on ABC. ‘We took a lot of grief for that from the outset. Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running substandard laboratories,’ he added

Chinese officials and scientists have denied that there is any connection between the outbreak and the Institute of Virology in Wuhan.

Beijing insists the WHO has found no evidence that the novel coronavirus was manmade.

Dr Yuan Zhiming, the deputy head of the establishment, previously told Chinese state-run outlet CGTN that ‘there’s no way this virus came from us.’

Dr Yuan said that a manmade coronavirus would be beyond human intelligence as he rejected claims that the virus was artificially engineered.

Chinese officials have denied there is any connection between the outbreak and the Institute of Virology in Wuhan. The picture shows researchers working in the lab in February, 2017

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, last Friday accused Trump of ‘publicly lying about China’. He wrote in a column ‘Why is the American public so easily fooled?’

China’s President Xi is facing widespread doubts that his government has covered up the true scale or the origin of the outbreak.

As many as 232,000 people may have contracted the disease in China during the epidemic, experts in Hong Kong believe. The figure is nearly three times the official tally released by Beijing.

World leaders, including Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, have hinted their disapproval of Chinese tactics of false information amid the ongoing pandemic.

An internal report from China reveals that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Dr Yuan Zhiming (pictured), the deputy head of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, told CGTN ‘there’s no way this virus came from us’. He also refuted claims that the virus was man-made

The backlash, led by the US, needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation between the two global powers, according to sources familiar with the document.

The US accuses China of covering up the outbreak, hiding its real origin and taking advantage of the crisis to push its territorial ambitions.

China accuses the US of carrying out ‘smear campaigns’ and avoiding its responsibilities in containing the disease. A spokesperson has also suggested that the virus might have been brought to Wuhan by US troops.

Classified Chinese report warns of ‘armed confrontation’ between Beijing and Washington US, sources reveal 

Beijing could face a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into ‘armed confrontation’, an internal Chinese report has warned.

The report, presented early last month by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the sources said.

As a result, Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic and needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation between the two global powers, according to people familiar with the report’s content, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.

US President Donald Trump is pictured meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping at the start of their bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019

The report was drawn up by the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s top intelligence body.

Although the briefing paper remains disclosed, the content of the document was described to Reuters by people who had direct knowledge of its findings.

‘I don’t have relevant information,’ the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson’s office said in a statement responding to questions from Reuters on the report.

China’s Ministry of State Security has no public contact details and could not be reached for comment.

CICIR, an influential think tank that until 1980 was within the Ministry of State Security and advises the Chinese government on foreign and security policy, did not reply to a request for comment.

The Tiananmen Square crackdown is immortalised by the above picture called the ‘Tank Man’, which shows a student holding bags of grocers standing in front of a row of tanks to protest at the clampdown by the armies against its own people. The picture was taken by AP photographer Jeff Widener from a sixth-floor balcony of the Beijing Hotel near Tiananmen

But the presentation of the report shows how seriously Beijing takes the threat of a building backlash that could threaten what China sees as its strategic investments overseas and its view of its security standing, according to Reuters.

Relations between China and the United States are widely seen to be at their worst point in decades, with deepening mistrust and friction points from US allegations of unfair trade and technology practices to disputes over Hong Kong, Taiwan and contested territories in the South China Sea.

In recent days, US President Donald Trump, facing a more difficult re-election campaign as the coronavirus has claimed tens of thousands of American lives and ravaged the US economy, has been ramping up his criticism of Beijing and threatening new tariffs on China. His administration, meanwhile, is considering retaliatory measures against China over the outbreak, officials said.

It is widely believed in Beijing that the United States wants to contain a rising China, which has become more assertive globally as its economy has grown.

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