China will not accept unwarranted lawsuits or demands for compensation for the COVID-19 pandemic as accusations suggesting it is somehow to blame are groundless, Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the third session of the 13th National People’s Congress, said on Thursday.
Zhang made the remark at a news conference before the opening on Friday of the annual session of the NPC, the nation’s top legislature.
Such accusations against China in some recent U.S. bills or legislation go against international law and basic norms governing international relations,
Zhang said, adding that Beijing strongly opposes them, will watch how the bills proceed and will respond accordingly with countermeasures.
Blaming others in order to deflect attention is irresponsible and immoral, he added.
China has acted with openness, transparency and responsibility, he said, and has promptly shared pertinent information with the World Health Organization and related countries.
China released the genome sequence of the virus and other information without delay, and it has engaged in international cooperation as much as it can, Zhang added.
The virus is a common enemy of all humanity, he said, and defeating it requires science, reason, solidarity and cooperation. He called for a rational attitude to prevail over prejudice and conscience to prevail over lies in order to win the fight against the pandemic and save more lives.