"Since Pompeo said his claims are backed by" enormous evidence ", he should present this so-called evidence to the world, and especially to the American public that he is constantly trying to deceive," the editorial board said.
"The truth is that Pompeo has no evidence, and during Sunday's interview he bluffed."
CNN reached out to China's foreign ministry for comment on Pompeo's claims, but received no response. The country is in the middle of a five-day holiday that runs through Tuesday.
But critics claim Washington has put down attempts to blame China for the global spread of the virus as it faces increasing criticism at home for its own handling of the pandemic. To date, the United States has registered more than 1.1 million cases and at least 67,000 Covid-19 related deaths.
Beijing has retaliated with its own propaganda efforts, accusing the United States of shifting blame and shaming allegations of deliberate cover-up in the critical early stages.
"They have only one goal: to try to take responsibility for their own epidemic and prevention and control measures and direct attention to the public person," he said.
On Monday, the Global Times editorial board accused the White House of continuing to "engage in unparalleled propaganda warfare while trying to hinder global efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic."
"While the US presidential campaigns are underway, the Trump administration has implemented a strategy designed to divert attention from the incompetence it has shown in the fight against the pandemic. It is clear that their goal is to blame China for the pandemic by charting the country as the source of Covid-19, "it says.
The origin of the virus
The coronavirus has infected more than 3.5 million people worldwide, with at least 247,000 dead. The United States accounts for almost one-third of the world-affirmed cases and more than a quarter of deaths.
Pompeo's comments followed US President Donald Trump's claims Thursday that he had seen evidence giving him a "high degree of confidence" the virus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan. Trump refused to provide details to back up the allegation.
Scientists in China and the West have pointed to research indicating that the virus probably originated in bats and jumped to humans from an intermediate host – just like the cousin that caused the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003.
Asked Sunday about that conclusion, Pompeo said he has "no reason to disbelieve" the intelligence community, despite comments earlier in the same interview that "the best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. no reason not to believe it At this point. "
So far, Chinese authorities and state media have largely failed to name Trump directly in his coverage of the spat. Instead, much of Beijing's ire has been directed at Pompeo – and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has no current position in the administration.
Last week, the state broadcaster CGTN accused Pompeo of turning "the back on humanity by spreading a political virus." The Chinese Communist Party's official speech, People's Daily, also said in an editorial that Pompeo's rhetoric will provide the United States with a "colossal moral deficit."
On Monday, the Global Times said Pompeo "took advantage of a solo performance that did not meet the professional standards expected of a chief diplomat," and accused him of "losing his moral compass."