A Chinese official has said the US is “addicted to quitting”, following Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Zhao Lijian, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, accused Washington of playing power games after it withdrew from the WHO - despite calls from the international community for the US to remain in the organisation.
Mr Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing on Monday that the international community disagreed with what he said was the selfish behaviour of the United States.
As tensions between the two countries continue to build, Mr Lijian said US attempts to harm Chinese interests would be met with firm action, adding that Beijing would defend its security and development interests resolutely.
In recent weeks, Mr Trump has claimed that the WHO is a “puppet of China” and that the organisation helped Chinese officials cover up the outbreak of Covid-19.