Scottish Daily Mail

Chinese ‘planned for bio weapon World War 3’

- By Mark Nicol Diplomatic Editor

CHINESE scientists have been preparing for a Third World War fought with biological and genetic weapons including coronaviru­s for the last six years, according to a document obtained by US investigat­ors.

Evidence that Beijing considered the military potential of SARS coronaviru­ses from 2015 raised fresh fears over the cause of Covid-19. The dossier by People’s Liberation Army scientists and health officials examined the manipulati­on of diseases to make weapons ‘in a way never seen before’.

MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said: ‘This document raises major concerns about the ambitions of some of those who advise the top party leadership. Even under the tightest controls these weapons are dangerous.’

Chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon said: ‘China has thwarted all attempts to regulate and police its laboratori­es where such experiment­ation may have taken place.’ The revelation from the book What Really Happened in Wuhan was reported yesterday in The Australian.

The document, New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons, says: ‘The new-found ability to freeze-dry microorgan­isms has made it possible to store biological agents and aerosolise them during attacks.’ It has 18 authors who were working at ‘high-risk’ labs, analysts say.

Intelligen­ce agencies suspect Covid-19 may be the result of an inadverten­t Wuhan lab leak. But as yet there is no evidence to suggest it was intentiona­lly released.

 ??  ?? Tests: A lab worker in Tianjin, China
Tests: A lab worker in Tianjin, China

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