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China’s relationship with WHO chief in wake of coronavirus outbreak under the microscope
By Barnini Chakraborty Fox News
The World Health Organization’s director-general kicked off his Friday by praising China’s efforts to contain and control the coronavirus.
In an early-morning tweet, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus applauded Beijing for its handling of the global pandemic, which China it is largely blamed for spreading.
“For the first time, #China has reported no domestic #COVID19 cases yesterday. This is an amazing achievement, which gives us all reassurance that the #coronavirus can be beaten,” Tedros tweeted. . . .
. . . But a deeper dive into the cozy and symbiotic relationship between Tedros and Chinese President Xi Jinping has some crying foul.
On March 11, the WHO finally declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. While some praised the move, others like Bradley Thayer, a political science professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and Lianchao Han, the vice president of Citizen Power Initiatives for China, questioned why the WHO and its director-general waited so long when health officials from various governments alerted them to the widespread devastation weeks in advance.
Thayer and Han have accused Tedros of turning “a blind eye to what happened in Wuhan and the rest of China” and after meeting with President Xi Jinping in January, helping him suppress the “severity, prevalence and scope of the COVID-19 outbreak.” . . .
. . . The problem is that China’s complacency at the beginning of the outbreak helped create the crisis. The WHO accelerated it. . . .
. . . On Friday, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus tweeted that by Jan. 3, “Chinese authorities had already ordered #COVID19 virus samples destroyed, silenced Wuhan doctors, and censored public concerns online.” She added, “@SpokespersonCHN is right: This is a timeline the world must absolutely scrutinize.” . . .
. . . “When he should have been focusing on global counter-pandemic efforts, Tedros instead was politicizing the crisis and helping Xi to shirk his responsibility for a series of wrongdoings in addressing the outbreak,” Thayer and Han wrote in an opinion piece. The duo also accuse Tedros of using the WHO platform to “defend the Chinese government’s gross violation of human rights.”
Xi’s henchmen silenced people who tried to expose the reality on the ground. Whistleblowers were detained. Some disappeared without a trace. . . .