China supports coronavirus inquiry, but insists on waiting until containment

After weeks of resentment, China finally gave in to the United States when President Xi Jinping and opened a WHO annual assembly over a proposal to investigate the origins of COVID-19. He, however, insisted that the inquiry be conducted after the coronavirus is contained.

More than 100 countries had backed this resolution for calling out an investigation into the origin of the virus. The virus has claimed more than 300,000 lives globally, with around 4 million confirmed cases. The President also claimed that Beijing had acted conspicuously on the matter. They have investigated the origins of the virus in the Chinese city Wuhan.

Promises that President Xi Jinping made

“All along we have acted with openness, transparency, and responsibility, we have provided information to the WHO and relevant countries in the most timely fashion, we have released the genome sequence at the earliest possible time, we have shared control and treatment experiences with the world without reservation, we have done everything in our power to support and assist countries in need,” Xi Jinping said during the WHO annual assembly.

Xi Jinping also promised a $2 billion aid in over two years in order to help other countries act wisely on the pandemic. He clearly agreed and rather supported the need for an investigation about the origin of the virus. This comes after weeks of bitter opposition from China over a proposal from the western countries. The proposal required for an international probe into the origin of the pandemic. However, in recent days as and when more powerful countries began to support the proposal, the opposition evidently melted.

The Anger of the U.S.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, representing the US, went on to accuse the WHO of allowing China to hide the outbreak of the virus. He claimed that to be one of the sole reasons that the virus got out of hand. He also labeled the WHO responsible for the loss of many lives. Trump agreed with this to call WHO a “puppet of China.”

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