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US Tries to Use China to Shift Responsibility and Evade Int'l Obligation to WHO, Beijing Says

© REUTERS / SOE ZEYA TUNA medic wearing protective gloves shows a test kit as he works at a mobile laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in Bangkok, Thailand, April 9, 2020.
A medic wearing protective gloves shows a test kit as he works at a mobile laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in Bangkok, Thailand, April 9, 2020.  - Sputnik International
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President Donald Trump has shared a letter to the WHO in which he threatened to permanently freeze US funds for the agency unless it makes "improvements" within 30 days and also lambasted the body for caving in to China.

The United States is trying to evade international obligations to the World Health Organisation and smearing Beijing to divert attention from its own incompetence, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry underlined that paying its full contribution to the WHO in a timely manner is an obligation of every member of the international agency.

US President Donald Trump has told WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a letter shared on Twitter that the United States will completely stop funding the international agency unless it commits to major improvements within the next 30 days.

​Trump accused the WHO of ignoring credible reports on the spread of the virus and making incorrect and misleading claims about the coronavirus under pressure from Beijing.

US President Donald Trump speaks with restaurant executives and industry leaders during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic meeting in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, US,18 May 2020.  - Sputnik International
Trump Gives WHO 30 Days for 'Improvements', Threatens Permanent Funding Freeze, End of US Membership

In April, the US president suspended the funding for the World Health Organisation over its "China-centric" policies.

Trump, as well as several members of his administration, have claimed that the virus may have originated from the Wuhan laboratory.

Both the WHO and China deny all accusations of data concealment and lack of transparency.

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