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China says U.S. trying to shift responsibility on coronavirus, will give $2 billion

Christian Fernsby |
Washington has been trying to shift blame from the Trump administration's own mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak by smearing Beijing's coronavirus response, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

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he move is barking up the wrong tree, spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a daily briefing, adding its tactics of pressure and coercion will only draw greater disapprobation from the international community.

The remarks came after Trump's letter threatening to halt U.S. funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Responding to a question about the U.S. suspending funding to the WHO, Zhao said China has offered response repeatedly.

"WHO members have a legally-binding obligation to pay their assessed contributions, thus the U.S. suspending funding is a fundamental violation of its membership duties, which will definitely deliver a hard blow to the international anti-virus cooperation and probably entail serious ramifications," he stressed.

"It will affect all countries, including the U.S., and particularly those with vulnerable health systems," Zhao added.

Zhao urged some U.S. politicians to take on their responsibilities and step up cooperation with the international community in fighting the coronavirus.

China will provide 2 billion U.S. dollars over two years to help with coronavirus response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday.

Xi made the remarks at the opening of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) via video link at the invitation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The 73rd session of the WHA, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, is being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 and selection of executive board members are on the agenda.

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