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Biden urges China to act responsibly on human rights

US President also said Beijing needs to be more transparent over the origin of the coronavirus

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a news conference at the end of the G-7 summit, at Cornwall Airport Newquay, Britain, June 13.    © Reuters

CARBIS BAY, England (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday urged China to "act more responsibly" on human rights, underscoring Washington's concerns over Beijing's treatment of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.

Speaking at a press conference following a Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, southwestern England, Biden also said Beijing needs to be more transparent over the origin of the coronavirus, which was first discovered in Wuhan, central China.

"We haven't had access to the laboratories to determine whether or not, and I have not reached a conclusion because our intelligence community is not certain yet, whether or not this was a consequence of, from the marketplace, a bat interfacing with animals and the environment that caused this COVID-19 or it was an experiment gone awry in a laboratory."

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