China 'firmly opposes' presumption of guilt about the origin of COVID-19
Updated 01:42, 20-May-2020
Wang Zheng

The 73rd World Health Assembly has approved a resolution on the COVID-19 pandemic response. The resolution commits to an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation of the novel coronavirus pandemic, at the earliest appropriate moment, to review the lessons learned from the international health response coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Some countries have accused China of suppressing information about the virus previously, but Chen Xu, China's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, has said the country is firmly opposed to the so-called presumption of guilt regarding the traceability of the virus.

China's president, Xi Jinping, said on Monday that China supports the idea of a comprehensive review of the global response to COVID-19 after it is brought under control – to sum up the experience and address deficiencies, and this work should be based on science and professionalism, led by WHO and conducted in an objective and impartial manner.

Meanwhile, Chen also noted that the decision not to vote on a proposal regarding Taiwan shows the world adheres to the "One China" policy. 

Taiwan had access to vital information on the pandemic via both the Chinese mainland and the WHO, said the ambassador.