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Chinese President Xi Jinping has defended China's handling of the coronavirus outbreak and will support a "comprehensive review" led by the World Health Organization into the global response after the virus is brought under control.Key points:
Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country has acted with "openness and transparency" throughout the coronavirus outbreak
Mr Xi said China would support a WHO-led investigation into the pandemic. Australia is expected to back a draft resolution from the EU calling for an independent inquiry. It comes as the US blasted the WHO's response to the pandemic and took a thinly-veiled swipe at China for an "apparent attempt to conceal" the initial outbreak, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus signalled an independent review will begin as soon as possible. Mr Xi told the World Health Assembly in Geneva that China had been open and transparent about the coronavirus outbreak which started in Hubei province in late 2019, and said his country would support an investigation "conducted in an objective and impartial way"."This work needs a scientific and professional attitude, and needs to be led by the WHO," Mr Xi told the assembly via a video message. "And the principles of objectivity and fairness need to be upheld." China will also provide $US2 billion ($3.09b) over two years towards helping with the COVID-19 response and Mr Xi promised any vaccine developed by his country would be made a global public good.