President Biden acknowledged Tuesday that he has yet to confront Chinese President Xi Jinping about China's efforts to mislead the entire world about the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden and former President Donald Trump both have noted that China worked for nearly a year to try to distract and obstruct legitimate studies into the source and start of the novel coronavirus that has now killed nearly 3 million people worldwide.
While virtually many health organizations believe the virus began in Wuhan, China, for a host of corroborated reasons, the communist country's officials have consistently made the unsubstantiated accusation that it originated with the U.S. military.
Though Biden has not called out Xi specifically on the issue, his State Department has repudiated the Chinese allegation.
"The United States condemns the PRC's false, baseless, and unscientific claims which undermine the spirit and purpose of an impartial origins investigation," a State Department spokesperson said. "We remain concerned by the misleading alternative theories about the origins of the virus advanced by the PRC. We cannot know the origins of the virus and its spread until the PRC provides a full accounting of the actions it took and full transparency of the knowledge it had in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak."