SHANGHAI/TOKYO — Chinese President Xi Jinping painted his country as a global leader at the World Health Organization’s annual meeting Monday, calling for international cooperation against the new coronavirus, pledging $2 billion toward this end, and promising to make any Chinese vaccine “a global public good” when available.
Xi also deflected criticism of China’s initial response, saying all countries are vulnerable.
“The virus does not respect borders,” he said in a roughly 10-minute speech via video at the World Health Assembly. “Nor is race or nationality relevant in the face of the disease.”
“We have provided information to WHO and