China says it has no clues or reasons to explain a mild traumatic brain injury of a US citizen in the southern city of Guangzhou, which Washington associated with a “sonic attack.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Friday that Beijing has consistently guaranteed the safety of personnel of foreign organizations in the country, including those of the United States, according to the Vienna convention.
An unnamed US citizen, assigned to the consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou, reported various “physical symptoms” dating from late 2017 through to April 2018, according to the state department.
The patient had been sent to the US for medical evaluation and a medical team will be arrive in China next week to conduct an investigating into the incident.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the symptoms were “very similar and entirely consistent with the medical indications of the Americans working in Havana”.
He was referring to a series of alleged “sonic attacks” on US diplomats in Cuba back in 2016. The incidents, which still remain unexplained, led to the withdrawal of most US personnel from the embassy in Havana. They had complained of symptoms including hearing loss, dizziness, visual impairment, headaches and fatigue.
Pompeo told a congressional committee that a medical team was on the way to China and authorities were “working to figure out what took place both in Havana and Guangzhou.”
Washington also issued a health alert to its citizens in China last week, but Beijing warned the US against politicizing the situation, and said the health warning could cause “disturbance” among the expat community.
“We’ve seen these reports,” said Lu. “In terms of the situations mentioned in the report, China has already conducted an earnest investigation and we have also given initial feedback to the US. side Currently, we have not found any reasons or clues leading to the situation described by the United States.”
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who visited Washington on Wednesday, said his government had been investigating the incident, but hadn’t found any source of the “sonic influence.”
“We don’t want to see that this individual case will be magnified, complicated, or even politicized. We hope people will not associate it with other unnecessary matters,” Wang said at a joint press conference with Pompeo.