China targets PM Boris Johnson after suggestion coronavirus could have spread from grinding pangolin

China targets PM Boris Johnson after suggestion coronavirus could have spread from grinding pangolin

中国 has accused Boris Johnson of engaging ingroundless conjectureafter he suggested that 新冠病毒 could have spread from people grinding up the scales of pangolins.

The prime minister speculated about the origin of 新冠肺炎 during a speech to an environmental summit on Monday.

He said it wasthe product of an imbalance in man’s relationship with the natural world”.

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The PM continued: “Like the original plague which struck the Greeks I seem to remember in book one of the Iliad, it is a zoonotic disease.

It originates from bats or pangolins, from the demented belief that if you grind up the scales of a pangolin you will somehow become more potent or whatever it is people believe, it originates from this collision between mankind and the natural world and we’ve got to stop it.

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But Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian saidcareful and meticulousstudies were needed to discover the origin of the coronavirus outbreak.

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