July 8, 2020 / 7:55 AM / a month ago

China criticises U.S. withdrawal from World Health Organization

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China criticized the United States’ planned withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO), saying on Wednesday that the move will have grave implications for developing countries.

Beijing was urging the international community to step up support for the WHO, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing.

The United Nations said on Tuesday the United States will leave the WHO on July 6, 2021 after receiving notification of the decision by President Donald Trump, who has accused the agency of becoming a puppet for China during the coronavirus pandemic. [nL1N2EE2CW]

Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; writing by Se Young Lee; editing by Andrew Heavens

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