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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, July 9

09 Jul 2020, 22:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The implementation of the China-U.S. phase-one economic and trade agreement is proceeding "smoothly, effectively," U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) president Craig Allen has said.

"So far as I know, that is proceeding smoothly, effectively, exactly as planned," said Allen, whose organization represents over 200 American companies that do business with China.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. formal notification of withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) is "dangerous to human life" as the world faces not only the COVID-19 threat but also the threat of future pandemics, a U.S. public health expert said Wednesday.

As global COVID-19 infections top 12 million, with a vaccine still not in sight, "withdrawal is counterintuitive at best and dangerous to human life at worst," Amanda Glassman, also executive vice president of the Center for Global Development think tank, told USA Today. "The U.S. Congress should immediately explore what power it has to prevent this from happening."

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said Tuesday he disagrees with President Donald Trump's decision to officially quit the World Health Organization (WHO).

"I disagree with the president's decision ," said Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, adding that withdrawing U.S. membership would undermine the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and hamper U.S. cooperation with other countries to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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ISTANBUL -- The U.S. decision to quit the World Health Organization (WHO) is "very unfortunate" and "it will not bode well for any stakeholder" if relations are severed, the United Nations (UN) agency's top official in Turkey said.

"It is very unfortunate ... The COVID-19 pandemic only underscores the need and criticality of this collaboration to continue," Irshad Ali Shaikh, interim head of the WHO's Turkish office, said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

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