Chinese envoy calls on Australia to stop political games

01 Mai, 2020, 08:28 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Chinese envoy calls on Australia to stop political games

Strict measures are now in place across the country in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, but at a press conference on Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australians that unless a vaccine is found, we shouldn't expect things to return to normal "anytime soon".

On Wednesday Morrison said his government "will of course continue to pursue what is a very reasonable and sensible course of action".

"Now, it would seem entirely reasonable and sensible that the world would want to have an independent assessment of how this all occurred, so we can learn the lessons and prevent it from happening again". "It has shut down the global economy", Morrison told reporters on April 29.

A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy hit back at the prime minister's comments and said "the Embassy of China doesn't play petty tricks, this is not our tradition".

The Chinese embassy in Australia has previously warned Chinese students about what it said were safety risks in traveling to Australia. During strained diplomatic relations with China in 2018, Australian wine faced import delays in China and some Australian beef exports were also suspended.

On Wednesday, the Chinese embassy also claimed Australian officials leaked the details of a phone call between the head of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Cheng. It is a bit like chewing gum stuck on the sole of China's shoes.

Morrison said Australia's relationship with China was "mutually beneficial" and noted its trade with China consisted mainly of export of resources. "Sometimes you just have to find a rock and rub it off", he said.

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In recent weeks, China - primarily through its Ambassador to Australia Jingye Cheng - has bristled at Australia's call for an independent global investigation into the origins of the virus.

In a Sunday (April 26) interview published by The Australian Financial Review, Ambassador Cheng Jingye was cited as saying that Chinese people were "frustrated, dismayed and disappointed with" Australia's proposed inquest. Home to 25.7 million people, it has recorded about 6,700 cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, and 88 deaths.

The Chinese regime has increasingly been vocal in its complaints about Australian public officials and media who speak and report about the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.

"Australia will find markets, as we have now for a long time, all around the world", he said.

"Maybe the ordinary people will say: 'Why should we drink Australian wine?"

"We aren't going to be held to ransom or succumb to threats from anybody".

"We reject any suggestion that economic coercion is an appropriate response to a call for such an assessment, when what we need is global cooperation", Payne said.

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