China opposes US report on coronavirus origins

China has opposed the summary of a US report that describes as "plausible" the theory that human infection with the novel coronavirus was likely a result of a lab accident in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

China's Foreign Ministry said Minister Wang Yi resolutely opposed the summary during a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday.

The ministry said Wang urged the US to stop politicizing the COVID-19 origins tracing, and putting pressure on the World Health Organization.

Last Tuesday, China sent a document to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, calling for investigations into theories that the virus originated in the US.

China claims that studies on the virus were held at the US Army's research installation in the state of Maryland and the University of North Carolina.

The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the summary of a review on the origins of the virus on Friday. The report was requested by President Joe Biden.

The summary says the intelligence community "remains divided on the most likely origin of COVID-19." But it says, "All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident."