According to the Wall Street Journal, at least three US diplomats who reported having “abnormal health symptoms” were evacuated from Beijing.
The report quoted a source as saying that the US Embassy in Beijing told its staff at a meeting on Tuesday that the evacuated American was sent to the University of Pennsylvania for further medical evaluation. The embassy reportedly did not disclose the names of the evacuated Americans at the meeting, nor did it clearly indicate whether they were diplomatic or family members.
Last year, in Havana, Cuba, some US government staff members felt unwell due to unexplained health conditions. Subsequently, in Guangzhou, China, US government employees were confirmed to have suffered symptoms consistent with the US personnel in Havana.
The US State Department said that the causes of these health events are still unclear and described these incidents as “health attacks.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 280 US diplomats and their families have undergone medical examinations in China. At least 10 Americans have already withdrawn from China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press conference on the 3rd that China has conducted an investigation and found no reasons or clues that led to the US situation. Lu Kang said that China is willing to maintain close communication with the US.
The health problems encountered by US diplomats stationed in Cuba and China have drawn the attention of members of Congress. Republican Congressman Joe Wilson has asked US Secretary of State Pompeo to submit a State Department report on the US government’s efforts to address this issue, and asked the US government to take practical steps to protect the embassy staff and overseas residents.
Wilson also informed Pompeo that he had filed a bill to deal with these “health attacks,” and the bill required a number of federal agencies to investigate the appropriate standards and procedures for responding to the problem.