The denial by the Chinese Foreign Ministry follows reports from Washington that some of its employees were due for the test.
China has denied subjecting U.S. diplomats to COVID-19 anal testing following reports in U.S. media that some U.S. personnel were forced to undergo the procedure.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in a daily briefing Thursday that, “China has never asked US diplomats in China to take anal swab tests.
A spokesperson for the US State Department said Washington was “determined to ensure the safety and security of US diplomats and their families while preserving their dignity, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as well as other relevant provisions of diplomatic law ”.
The Washington Post reported last week that some U.S. personnel told the department they had been subjected to anal tests.
The procedure was applied in China, because it would be more precise than nasal or oral swabs.
China has not reported a new local case of COVID-19 for more than a week, but has maintained strict testing, especially for people arriving from abroad.
Diplomats and other foreigners with special status are exempt from a ban for most foreigners from entering the country.