Chinese state-run buyers have purchased more than 20 cargoes, or more than 1 million metric tons, of US soybeans in the past two weeks, said sources, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.
"China refuses to allow the worldwide community to go into the Wuhan lab to investigate".
China, with the backing of the World Health Organization, has rejected charges that it has not been informative, and Zhao said the country has been acting in an "open, transparent and responsible way" since the outbreak began.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a close ally of Trump, proposed the COVID-19 Accountability Act on Tuesday, after stating last month that the Chinese regime is "the largest state sponsor of pandemics", and should face punishment for its role in the global unleashing of COVID-19. I'm convinced China will never cooperate with a serious investigation unless they are made to do so. Travel bans, asset freezes and other economic restrictions could be put in place.Zhao said that the proposed legislation was not based on facts or global agreements.
Senator Graham called for pushing back against China's narrative regarding COVID-19 and holding it accountable.
Meanwhile, a new analysis published by the US-China Investment Project showed that Chinese investment in the US dropped to $5bn in 2019, a slight decrease from a year earlier and the lowest level since the global financial crisis 10 years ago.
The legislation also demands that China shutter all "wet markets" which can pose a risk to human health.
The purchases were the latest in a recent string by China, which United States officials say has also begun implementing other parts of the trade deal regarding intellectual property protections. If Communist China refuses to be honest about the origins of the Coronavirus, the U.S. will not wait for history to judge them harshly. "The difficulties caused by the epidemic should also be taken into consideration".
The newspaper reported that the White House would soon accuse Beijing of trying to steal research on vaccines for the new coronavirus via hackers.