China’s U.N. envoy says Beijing assessing WHO coronavirus declaration

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China’s U.N. ambassador, Zhang Jun, said on Thursday Beijing was assessing the World Health Organization’s declaration that the coronavirus outbreak was a global emergency.

“We are still at a very critical stage in fighting the coronavirus. International solidarity is extremely important and for that purpose all countries should behave in a ... responsible manner,” Zhang said.

“While we understand the concerns of other countries, we should also listen to the advice of WHO director-general ... He said he had full confidence in China’s efforts,” Zhang said.

He said it was important to avoid “overreactions which may result in spill over negative effects.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Eric Beech