The Chinese delegation to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos has refuted a CNN report on Monday which quoted a US politician as saying they walked out of the room without applauding after a speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The allegation is “totally untrue”, according to the Chinese delegation. When Zelensky made the virtual speech, the delegation was in talks with Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, it said.
CNN interviewed United States Congressman Michael McCaul, who was attending the forum. McCaul said the Chinese delegation was seated while other people were giving a standing ovation, and they then left the room. He claimed this sent a clear message they didn’t support Ukraine or Zelensky.