In an interview with OTV (Lebanon), Sadek Al-Naboulsi, a political science professor at the Lebanese University postulated that the U.S. has engaged in biological warfare against China, using the coronavirus to prevent China from gaining world economic dominance. The interview aired on February 23, 2020.
Interviewer: "Do you believe that the [corona] virus..."
Sadek Al-Naboulsi: "Yes, part of modern warfare...
Interviewer: "Is to cause diseases."
Sadek Al-Naboulsi: "Biological warfare. Why do we rule this out in advance?"
Interviewer: "Do you believe that the source for this virus is a conspiracy against China?"
Sadek Al-Naboulsi: "I don't have information. I don't know this for sure, but I do not rule out that as a result of the fierce tensions between the U.S. and China, the U.S. would resort to such nefarious methods in an effort to prevent China from leading the world economically by 2025. We all know that by 2025, China will become the world's number one economic power, while the economic power of America will decline. Is this virus part of the confrontation with China, in an attempt to dethrone it or to prevent it from reaching the top? I don't have an answer but this is a legitimate question."