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China brands Covid-19 lab-leak theory as 'absurd,' US Secy urges transparency

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'RESPECT FACTS AND SCIENCE'The State Department said the discussion on North Korea - an issue on which the United States is keen for more Chinese action to press its ally and neighbor to give up its nuclear weapons - focused on the need for Beijing and Washington "to work together for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."It said the two diplomats also continued discussions on shared global challenges, including Iran and Myanmar, and the climate crisis."Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretary stressed the importance of cooperation and transparency regarding the origin of the virus, including the need for WHO Phase 2 expert-led studies in China," it said, referring to the World Health Organization.Bonnie Glaser, an Asia.

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