Exclusive: Senior China diplomat concedes challenge of coronavirus, slams 'overreaction'

by U.S.

U.S.— A top Chinese official acknowledged on Friday that the new coronavirus is a deep challenge to the country, but defended Beijing's management of the epidemic while lashing out at the "overreaction" of other countries.

the Guardian—China's handling of coronavirus is a diplomatic challenge for WHO. Beijing’s draconian measures to contain outbreak have delayed global transmission The World Health Organization is having to perform a diplomatic balancing act over the new coronavirus outbreak, caught between China – whose draconian measures to contain the disease have delayed transmission to the rest of the world –and China’s critics, who say its behaviour is typical of its disregard for human rights. At every press briefing, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended China’s...

Global News—China’s top diplomat acknowledges COVID-19 challenge, criticizes ‘overreaction’. The virus, coming on the back of a disruptive trade war between the United States and China, has again exposed underlying tensions on multiple fronts between the world's two biggest economies.

IN—Quotes from interview with senior China diplomat. China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi sat with Reuters for a 90-minute interview in Berlin.