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US and China spar until closing moments of WHO assembly

Members endorse independent probe of pandemic response

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization attends the virtual 73rd World Health Assembly in Geneva on May 19.    © Reuters

GENEVA/TOKYO -- As the World Health Organization's annual gathering of members concluded its two-day meeting on Tuesday, the U.S. and China traded barbs until the closing moments over the issue of Taiwan's attendance, symbolizing the heated battle between the world's two largest economies that overshadowed the assembly.

"We join countless others in the international community who today have called on the WHO to extend an invitation to Taiwan" to the World Health Assembly, senior American diplomat Howard Solomon said via videoconference in closing remarks.

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