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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."

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