Remarks by Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy on the U.S. Statement on COVID-19
14 February 2021
Q: Some senior US official issued a statement, claiming that America’s re-engaging the WHO means holding it to the highest standards, and asking that all countries participate in a transparent and robust process for preventing and responding to health emergencies. It also questions some ongoing work of the WHO. What is your comment?
A: China welcomes the return of the U.S. to the World Health Organization. The WHO is an authoritative multilateral international organization in the field of health, not a funfair where one can come and go at will. What the U.S. has done in recent years has severely undermined multilateral institutions, including the WHO, and gravely damaged international cooperation on COVID-19. But the U.S., acting as if none of this had ever happened, is pointing fingers at other countries who have been faithfully supporting the WHO and at the WHO itself. With such a track record, how can it win the confidence of the whole world? It is hoped that the U.S. will hold itself to the highest standards, take a serious, earnest, transparent and responsible attitude, shoulder its rightful responsibility, support the WHO’s work with real actions and make due contribution to the international cooperation on COVID-19. The whole world will be looking.