At least one US foreign service officer traveling from the US -- returning to their post in Beijing in mid-January -- was subjected to a Covid-19 anal swab test, two diplomatic sources based in China with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN.
They later reported the incident to their superiors at the US Embassy in Beijing, the sources said.
"The State Department never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to [China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs] when we learned that some staff were subject to it," a State Department spokesperson told CNN in a statement on Thursday.
On Thursday, China responded to a VICE News report which claimed that US diplomats in the country were complaining after having been administered the swab tests.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, told reporters at a daily briefing, “As far as I know, and I have also checked with my colleagues, China has never asked US diplomats in China to take anal swab tests,”
The ministry did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on Friday.
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