U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized China for its continued failure to be transparent about COVID-19, in a recent interview with BBC World News.
He added, “My hope is going forward that China becomes a full participant in these efforts to make sure that we can prevent the next pandemic even as we’re dealing with the current one.”
In the same interview, Blinken also condemned Beijing’s decision to ban BBC World News in China, saying that the Chinese people were the “biggest losers” as China has “one of the least open information spaces in the world.”
“They want free and open sharing of information. That’s being denied to them by their own government,” Blinken added.
“[China] takes advantage of the fact that many of our countries have fully free and open information spaces, and China uses that to spread misinformation and propaganda,” Blinken said.
When asked whether the United States would boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Blinken declined to comment.
“We’ll come to that question at the appropriate time, but the main thing is across all of these issues it’s really important that we consult closely and we work closely together with like-minded countries and our partners,” he explained.