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On coronavirus, China's ambassador to Japan accentuates the positive

Kong Xuanyou deflects criticism of inaction and stresses global contributions

Kong Xuanyou, China's ambassador to Japan, speaks to reporters on March 27 in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Two days after Tokyo's governor declared a "critical juncture" in the new coronavirus pandemic, China's ambassador to Japan fielded questions from reporters in the city on Friday, defending his country's handling of the outbreak and rejecting responsibility for it.

Though China has been widely criticized for suppressing early signs of the epidemic and allowing it to spread out of control, Ambassador Kong Xuanyou told a very different story at the National Press Club.

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