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China plays double-track diplomacy in virus blame game

One official floats US conspiracy theory only to be shot down by ambassador

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- British diplomat Henry Wotton famously said in 1604 that "an ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country."

What then, are we to believe of the two mixed signals coming from prominent Chinese diplomats in recent days?

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