#China Hits back at #Trump’s #WHO Letter
China has hit back at US President Donald Trump over his letter to the head of the World Health Organization, in which he demanded the global health body demonstrate its independence from China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday accused the United States of trying to smear China and to shift the blame for Washington’s “mishandling” of the coronavirus crisis.
In this letter, Trump also threatened to make permanent his freeze on funding to the WHO unless the body commits to major improvements in the next 30 days.
Zhao criticized the US response as “unilateralist,” stressing that funding is an obligation for WHO member states and should not be used as a bargaining chip.