Chinese state media on Sunday gleefully quoted members of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) defending China from their own colleagues’ allegations that Beijing withheld important source data from investigators researching the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan.
The Chinese presented their visitors with an analysis of the earliest recorded coronavirus cases but would not allow them to view the raw data. The Chinese claimed some of these records and samples have been destroyed.
The W.H.O. investigators who made these comments took pains to avoid directly accusing the Chinese of lying to them, but several of the foreign scientists suggested there were heated discussions with their hosts in Wuhan about the raw data and original records that were not provided.
China’s state-run Global Times pushed back on Sunday by quoting two members of the W.H.O. team who accused American reporters of misunderstanding or deliberately misinterpreting their comments. One of them was