Since the epidemic was noticed in China first, it would seem that the most rational default assumption for one to make is that it probably started in China first until if or when one has good evidence or is given good reason to think otherwise, such as a confirmed case of it outside of China before it was noticed in China etc.
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It is not clear where it started. It could have started here in the states last fall and the deaths were blamed on the flu. Here in Michigan the use of tests revealed lots of cases. I suspect the more testing that is done the more cases will be revealed.
The big question is this:
Was the virus already here for months and testing simply revealed an ongoing pandemic or was it a very fast spreading of the disease? I doubt it spread that fast. I think it was already here and people thought it was a bad chest cold or flu. The absence of tests made it impossible to detect last fall.
Governments often suppress the existence of a deadly virus giving them problems. During the 1918 flu pandemic Spain was one of the few nations that didn't pretend it wasn't a problem. Perhaps my government knew it was a problem last fall and pretended it didn't exist until they exported it to claim it started elsewhere.