A colonel in the Chinese Air Force blamed the United States for causing his country's recent bird flu outbreak by releasing the H7N9 virus as an act of biological warfare.
People’s Liberation Army Sr. Col. Dai Xu blogged his feelings on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like Chinese microblogging site.
Jason Rebholz, a spokesman for the State Department, said that “there is absolutely no truth to these allegations.”
In addition to alleging that the bird flu strain was created as a biological weapon, Dai also claimed that severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was created by the U.S. as a bio-weapon, according to Fox News.
“At that time, America was fighting in Iraq and feared that China would take advantage of the opportunity to take other actions,” Dai wrote on the web. “This is why they used bio-psychological weapons against China. All of China fell into turmoil, and that was exactly what the United States wanted. Now, the United States is using the same old trick. China should have learned its lesson and should calmly deal with the problem.”
Dai has tried to stir up problems with the U.S. in the past. In 2010, he called for China to sell arms to U.S. enemies as punishment for the U.S. selling arms to Chinese rival Taiwan.
“China recognizes that a few perfunctory protests will not have any effect,” Dai said. “China can’t directly sanction American arms companies since they did not do business with China … but China can sanction companies that are doing business with China directly, like Boeing or General Electric.”
The H7N9 virus has infected 31 people in six provinces, including Shaanxi, Guizhou, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Fujian. Nine people have died as a result of the virus.
The China Food and Drug Administration has authorized a vaccine for H7N9, and it should be available within the next few weeks.