China to donate additional $30M to WHO following US halt in funding

China to donate additional $30M to WHO following US halt in funding
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China on Thursday announced it was planning to donate $30 million in additional funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the fight against COVID-19, shortly after the Trump administration suspended its own contributions over criticisms of the global health body.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying wrote on Twitter that the new funding brings Beijing’s total contributions to $50 million for the global response against coronavirus.

“China has decided to donate additional $30 million in cash to WHO to support its global fight against #COVID19, in particular strengthening developing countries' health systems," Hua wrote. "China already donated $20 million in cash to WHO on March 11."

“At this crucial moment, supporting WHO is supporting Multilateralism and Global Solidarity," she added.

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China has sought to shape the narrative that it is a leader in the global response to coronavirus and play down accusations it covered up the initial threat the viral outbreak posed to the world.

The new Chinese contributions to the WHO come as the Trump administration has criticized the global health body for failing to hold Beijing accountable for the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE announced last week his administration was halting funding to the WHO for a period of up to three months pending a review. The U.S. is the largest individual donor to the global health body.