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Tit for tat: Chinese conspiracy theorists blame US for monkeypox

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Tit for tat: Chinese conspiracy theorists blame US for monkeypox

After two years of Covid-19 blame games, social media users now suggest the US knew the outbreak was coming

Linda Lew

Chinese social media users are speculating the US could be the source of monkeypox infections now reported in at least a dozen countries, including the UK, Spain and Australia. 

The viral infection has been highlighted as a trending topic on Weibo for the past three days, with a hashtag on the US reporting two suspected monkeypox cases attracting more than 51-million views by Monday.

While Chinese state media has refrained from accusing the US of intentionally spreading monkeypox, an accusation it made about Covid-19, many social media users haven’t held back. ..

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