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China accuses US of selfishness, blackmail for chopping ties with WHO

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BEIJING: China on Monday (Jun 1) accused the US of “selfishness” after President Donald Trump mentioned he would terminate the US’ relationship with the World Well being Group (WHO).

Washington and Beijing have clashed repeatedly on totally different matters and on Friday Trump said he would sever ties with the UN health body, which he had beforehand accused of being too lenient with China.

The WHO’s huge lack of funding from the US comes because the lethal coronavirus – which surfaced in a Chinese language province late final 12 months – rages on.

“The worldwide neighborhood usually disagrees with such US acts of selfishness, evasion of duty, and undermining of worldwide cooperation in opposition to the epidemic,” mentioned Chinese language overseas ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at an everyday press briefing on Monday.

He added the WHO “can’t probably serve just one nation, and mustn’t comply with the need of the nation that pays essentially the most to it”.

The US has been the WHO’s largest contributor, however in April Trump suspended funding, accusing it of not doing sufficient to curb COVID-19’s preliminary unfold and of being too tender on China.

Whereas Trump mentioned there was a necessity for “solutions from China on the virus”, Beijing has furiously denied allegations that it downplayed the menace when the pathogen first emerged within the central Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan late final 12 months.

On Monday, Zhao mentioned “within the face of the epidemic, any suppression and even blackmail of the WHO is a disregard of life, problem to humanitarianism, and destruction of worldwide cooperation”.

He mentioned China would “play its due position as a accountable massive nation” and help the WHO in taking up a place of management in tackling the virus, calling on the worldwide neighborhood to unite and improve political help and funding for the physique.

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