Hong Kong Media Learned About The Cancellation Of The G20 Video Conference Due To The Dispute Between China And The United States
A video conference scheduled for Friday, April 24, with the leaders of the G20 countries was canceled at the last minute due to a dispute between the United States and China, according to the Hong Kong South China Morning Post.
The subject of the quarrel was the World Health Organization (WHO), the newspaper writes, citing a source WHO was preparing the video call.
According to the media source, Washington insisted that the WHO should be held responsible for its actions at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which was first officially detected in China and has already claimed the lives of 190 thousand people around the world.
Beijing flatly refused to even discuss the possibility of investigating WHO.
"Therefore, the conference was canceled at the last moment," the source stated, adding that negotiations could take place in the near future if the US and China reach some agreement on this issue or at least come to a compromise on the nature of the WHO mentions in the G20 communique.
AS SCMP reminds, the proposed video conference is not reflected in the official schedule published by Saudi Arabia, which is the Chairman of the G20.
The G20 organizing Committee did not respond to the publication's request as to whether a video conference was planned for Friday.