"So of course they are going to want to do everything they can to play down China's role in this article", he said.
China said scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were trained in America and France.
At a White House event on Wednesday, Trump, who is seeking re-election in November, framed the virus as the worst "attack" the United States had ever experienced, and blamed China for not stopping it. It could have been stopped in China.
An official familiar with the 15-page document cited in the article told Reuters it was American, appeared to be created to gather support for the USA position, and wasn't a piece of intelligence work. It could have been stopped right at the source.
U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.
The conversation between the representatives of the two countries over the phone came a few days after US President Donald Trump threatened to terminate the first phase of the agreement if China didn't buy the promised volume of American products, reports Efe news.
However, no concrete evidence has been made public that would link the outbreak to the lab in Wuhan.
It said the decision to go ahead anyway was made because the article still "passed key messages" on topics of European Union concern, such as "climate change and sustainability, human rights, the importance of multilateralism" as well as worldwide coronavirus efforts and debt relief.
Chinese officials tried to hide the emergence of COVID-19 late a year ago, including by arresting doctors who alerted the public to the epidemic.
Meanwhile, China's Foreign Ministry reiterated on Thursday, the US Secretary of State Mike "Pompeo is contradicting himself in his criticisms against China on COVID-19 because he is using one lie to cover up another". "It's too bad China covering up the virus is being conflated with the reasons the US was unprepared".
Trump had earlier cast doubt on the accuracy of China's official coronavirus death toll claiming that the actual figures are "way ahead" of the US.
"He's undermining the potential for an effort with like-minded countries to work together on critical areas, denying China access to advanced military technology", said Bonnie Glaser, an expert on China at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think-tank in Washington.
S&P 500 futures hit their session highs after reports that China and the USA had a phone call on trade.
The discussion occurred while tensions between the two countries are escalating, exacerbated by a war of words over United States criticism of China's handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
In March, Chinese officials around the world disseminated fringe theories that the virus was carried into China by USA soldiers.
In Wuhan, medical workers have tried their best to treat all people, including a 108-year-old and a 30-hour baby, the nurse said.
But she repeated a timeline of signals from France, Sweden and the US itself that the virus may not have emerged in China.