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Trump's freeze of WHO funding hands China a win

Move only increases Beijing's clout in Asia, Middle East and Africa

TOKYO -- The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to halt funding to the World Health Organization could end up pushing the United Nations unit further into China's arms, despite legitimate criticism that its favoritism toward Beijing caused it to mismanage the beginning of the pandemic.

Trump said Tuesday that he is instructing his administration to put funding to the WHO on hold for 60 to 90 days for a review of its coronavirus response. How long the freeze will actually last is unclear.

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