China dismisses US claim of attempted COVID-19 vaccine theft as ‘smearing’

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo BEIJING: China accused Washington on Thursday of smearing Beijing after US alleged Chinese hackers were trying to “steal” research on developing a vaccine against coronavirus. The claims have added fuel to tensions between the global superpowers, who have traded barbs over the origin of the pandemic that has killed 300,000 people.

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