Sir John Sawyer, the former MI6 chief has said that China “concealed” the truth from the West and are “evading blame” for the global coronavirus pandemic.
Sir John said Beijing have faces severe “anger” from the international community as they were not honest from the start of the outbreak.
Sir John said that the World Health Organization (WHO) should also face “serious questions” as they failed to scrutinise China’s activities.
On Wednesday the US President Donald Trump halted funding to the WHO after blaming them over the handling of coronavirus pandemic.
However, Sir John said that Trump should direct his anger at the country and not the United Nations agency.
Trump gave an extraordinary attack on the China centric WHO and ordered that millions of US dollars are to be frozen in funding.
Sir John told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “There is deep anger in America at what they see as having been inflicted on us all by China, and China is evading a good deal of responsibility for the origin of the virus, for failing to deal with it initially.
“At the same time, we cannot find a way out of this without working with China… The world will not be the same after the virus as it was before.”
He said, “intelligence is about acquiring information which has been concealed from you by other states and other actors.
“There was a brief period in December and January when the Chinese were indeed concealing this from the West.”
He said that President Trump’s response to the WHO is not the best response, and China appears to be “completely at odds” with the West.
Sir John said, “It would be better to hold China responsible for those issues than the WHO… heads of UN agencies are wary of offending one of the major powers.
“But that doesn’t excuse the head of the WHO for failing to stand up for the facts, the data, and making the right demands of China.
“I think the WHO has got serious questions to answer about its performance, but anger should be directed against China rather than the UN agencies.”
He published his findings with the journal of Molecular Biology and Evolution.
The bat virus infected the stray dogs’ intestines then evolved into humans through the Chinese eating the dogs that hold the ancestor of the new Covid-19.
However, a Taiwanese scientist has claimed Chinese microbiologists probably created coronavirus in Wuhan, China.
Based on the virus unusual structure it is most likely “man made” and there is a theory coronavirus was somehow leaked or released from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan China, said Professor Fang Chi-tai from the National Taiwan University (NTU).
Biologists Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao published a pre-print entitled “The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus.”
The report describes how “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
“We briefly examined the histories of the laboratories and proposed that the coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory.