By Zhong Sheng
Recently, some politicians in the US have started to engage in political tracing again. They have released a so-called confidential report on the COVID-19 pandemic, concocted the so-called "COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023," and reheated the old lab leak theory. These political manipulations that disregard science and facts are not supported by the people. What the international community is more concerned about is how the US, the empire of biological military, will respond to the concerns of all parties, as its bad record in the field of biosecurity continues to be exposed.
The Russian side stated on April 11 that after analyzing more than 2,000 documents of various types, it confirms that the US has conducted biological military activities in Ukraine. In the face of Russia's accusations and doubts from the international community, the US has continued to advertise itself as a model of compliance and provide some materials that evade the facts to prove its innocence while accusing Russia of spreading false information and conspiracy theories. The US approach is not convincing.
As we all know, the US is the country with the largest number of biological military activities in the world and the only country that opposes the establishment of a verification mechanism for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). How many biological samples and data has the US scavenged from abroad over the decades? Who is keeping these samples and data in the US and what are they being used for? What is the real purpose? Has the US conducted controversial research overseas that is banned domestically? The US has been tight-lipped about these issues that concern the international community. According to recent disclosures by Russia, the US is trying to restructure its biological military activities, rename projects to make them appear more harmless and then arrange for civilian departments to take over and let the military hide behind the scenes. The international community cannot help but ask whether the US has fulfilled its international obligations by such whitewashing actions.
The US has always adopted international rules when they agree and abandoned them when they disagree. It has always been strict with others and lenient with itself. In addition to releasing the so-called COVID-19 origin tracing report, the US also annually produces a so-called Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments and uses it to criticize other countries. It often demands that they accept nuclear inspections and uses this as an excuse to wield its unilateral sanctions and even resort to military action. However, when it comes to its own compliance issues, the US adopts a superior attitude, demanding that other countries refrain from asking or interfering.
In disregard of the international consensus of inspection to ensure compliance, the US has ignored this principle and used excuses such as "verification undermines security and economic interests" and "biological activities cannot be verified" to block the establishment of a verification mechanism in the field of biology for more than 20 years, attempting to fundamentally close the door to resolving compliance issues. The US even vehemently opposed initiatives that are clearly in the common interest of all humanity, such as negotiating the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. The international community will not accept such double standards and hegemonic behavior from the US, let alone sit idly by as the US acts outside the law on issues of international peace and security.
The US side should take a responsible attitude, earnestly fulfill its international obligations, and make a comprehensive clarification of the biomilitary activities it has conducted on a global scale for decades. We advise that the US should not oppose the establishment of the BWC verification mechanism, stop obstructing the efforts of the international community to strengthen the biosecurity governance system and legal system and make real contributions to improving the global biosecurity level and promoting universal security and common development.