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Amid its outbreak of coronavirus that has killed over 100 people and sickened more than 4,500, China refused two direct offers from the US to send infectious disease experts to help fight the virus's spread, and a third made via the World Health Organization.
It was only as US Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Alex Azar was disclosing this information to reporters in a Tuesday press conference the China at last acquiesced, telling the WHO it would welcome foreign assistance.
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Although the global public health community has widely praised China's quick - if 'Draconian' - work to address the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, the Communist Party run nation is haunted by its secretive handling of past outbreaks.
And even as President Donald Trump has applauded President Xi Jinping of China, the nation's own citizens have widely criticized its leader and government for lack of transparency, using coded posts on social media to avoid censors.
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The WHO announced on Tuesday that China had agreed to let its international experts into the country to learn more about the coronavirus that's spread from the city of Wuhan to 15 other countries.
In a subsequent meeting, Director-General of the WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (know widely as simply 'Dr Tedros') expressed confidence in China's efforts to contain the virus.
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He also tweeted: 'WHO appreciates the seriousness with which [China] is taking this outbreak & the transparency authorities have demonstrated.'
But that cooperation didn't come so easily.
In fact, it was rather awkwardly timed.
HHS Secretary Azar said in opening remarks that the US had made multiple offers to send experts, but that that China had yet to him and other health officials up on those offers.
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The US, he said, urges China that 'more cooperation and transparency are the most important steps you can...
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