Xi deflects criticism of China coronavirus actions in WHO address

SHANGHAI/TOKYO — Chinese President Xi Jinping used an address to the World Health Assembly to deflect criticism of the country’s actions to counter the new coronavirus outbreak, saying that any nation could be vulnerable to a viral attack.

“The virus does not respect borders, nor is race or nationality relevant,” Xi said in a 10-minutes speech via video at the annual meeting of the World Health Organisation’s decision-making body.

“We have been forced to have extraordinary synergy in the fight against COVID-19,” Xi said. “In China, after making painstaking efforts and enormous sacrifice, we have turned the tide on the

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