China berates WHO chief for 'irresponsible' remarks on its zero-COVID policy

FILE PHOTO: China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China March 18, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry called on World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to avoid making “irresponsible” remarks, after he said China’s zero-COVID policy was not sustainable.

Speaking at a regular news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian defended China’s measures on fighting the pandemic and said China hopes the WHO Director-General can view China’s COVID policies objectively.

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