100 countries back Australia's COVID inquiry China

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A coalition of more than 100 countries has backed Australia's push for an independent inquiry into the COVID-19 outbreak to be presented before the World Health Assembly.

All 27 European Union member states, the UK, India, Japan, and Russia are among the nations who will support a motion at the assembly for a probe into the international response to the virus, including the actions of the World Health Organisation.

The motion was careful not to make any mention of Wuhan or China as the originator of the coronavirus. Foreign Minister Marise Payne made it clear she believed the WHO could not oversee the investigation given questions raised around China's relationship with the organisation. However, the motion's wording suggested "existing mechanisms" would be used in the investigation which would likely see the WHO as partial-arbiter.

In a statement to Sky News, Health Minister Greg Hunt said "Australia is actively engaged in negotiations on a resolution being led by the European Union expected to be endorsed at the (virtual) World Health Assembly on May 18". The motion is likely to further anger China, who claim the probe is a political manoeuvre against Beijing, moving to block Australian beef and barley imports and impose tariffs.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said he made attempts to work through the disputes with his Chinese counterpart but has not had any calls returned. Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells urged the government to uncouple itself with China and hold the country accountable for its role in the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Fierravanti-Wells raised concern over the effectiveness of the motion - set to pass before the World Health Assembly - as it contains no mention of China or any suggestion of where the virus may have originated. She warned it was evident from a brief overview the motion had been “considerably watered down”.

Senior Ministers continue to be stonewalled by Chinese correspondents regarding trade relations, with Agriculture Minister David Littleproud informed by his Beijing counterpart there would be no opportunity for trade discussions in the near future.

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Of course it has been watered down our entire goverment knows who butters their bread and it isnt us taxpayers we just cover their lifetime bullshit pension.

“The motion was careful not to make any mention of Wuhan or China as the originator of the coronavirus.”

 

Then it means nothing. 

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China din do nuffin. China numba won!

 

 

 

- Poiupoiu

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It doesn’t need to mention China and it shouldn’t mention China. The idea that understanding how this thing started, and how it can be prevented in future is somehow an attack on China is retarded. 
If that is where the evidence leads though (and it does) then it should be called out and the Chinese government should explain how they will prevent this from happening again in the future.

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Fuck China.

Fuck China

the whole world needs to make them pay

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Jack Carter - 

“The motion was careful not to make any mention of Wuhan or China as the originator of the coronavirus.”


 


Then it means nothing. 


blank slate start of the investigation. and let it lead to China and their misdeeds and corruption.

Somehow the US is not part of the 100+ nations backing Australia.

Colby Covid19ington -
Jack Carter - 

“The motion was careful not to make any mention of Wuhan or China as the originator of the coronavirus.”

 

Then it means nothing. 


blank slate start of the investigation. and let it lead to China and their misdeeds and corruption.

Somehow the US is not part of the 100+ nations backing Australia.


They’re not supporting Australia’s investigation because Australia’s investigation is into Chinas handling of the Wuhan virus. 


 


this 100 nation investigation actually avoids investigating Chinas handling and will certainly focus on the “international response” and how the international community can improve its response next time. 
 


This is a sham. Just watch. 

Jack Carter - 
Colby Covid19ington -
Jack Carter - 

“The motion was careful not to make any mention of Wuhan or China as the originator of the coronavirus.”

 

Then it means nothing. 


blank slate start of the investigation. and let it lead to China and their misdeeds and corruption.

Somehow the US is not part of the 100+ nations backing Australia.


They’re not supporting Australia’s investigation because Australia’s investigation is into Chinas handling of the Wuhan virus. 


 


this 100 nation investigation actually avoids investigating Chinas handling and will certainly focus on the “international response” and how the international community can improve its response next time. 
 


This is a sham. Just watch. 


I don't know, man... they had me at "further anger China"

We will see.

Colby Covid19ington -
Jack Carter - 

“The motion was careful not to make any mention of Wuhan or China as the originator of the coronavirus.”


 


Then it means nothing. 


blank slate start of the investigation. and let it lead to China and their misdeeds and corruption.

Somehow the US is not part of the 100+ nations backing Australia.

whatever those 100 nations come up with will probably be softer than what Trump wants to do to China. we like to throw our weight around unilaterallty

Poiupoiu - 

there will be pandemics in the future. looking to improve response is a good thing.

especially understanding why some countries were hit harder than others


so why is China against it and going as far to threaten other nations

Poiupoiu - 
Colby Covid19ington - 
Poiupoiu - 

there will be pandemics in the future. looking to improve response is a good thing.

especially understanding why some countries were hit harder than others


so why is China against it and going as far to threaten other nations

political maneuvering vs improve response


China's political maneuvering?

So the chinese just upped the first tax on aussie imports (barley @83%) , they have just put a ban on buying meat from 4 meat suppliers also. They have said that they will crush australia economically for pushing for the inquiery into how the virus started and where.! Im Aussie and its about time the government here stopped putting all there eggs in one basket and this maywell bring on hard times for the forseeable future but may be the wake-up call for the people of the country to finally take back some of the industry that has been given away to china by our weak as piss leaders over the years.! 
 

Maybe trump hasnt yet weighed in on the matter as yet is because the u.s might have just doubled there barley exports to china without even negotiating a deal (big mouth aussie prime minister has gone n shot himself in the foot.!)

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Bangnout - 

So the chinese just upped the first tax on aussie imports (barley @83%) , they have just put a ban on buying meat from 4 meat suppliers also. They have said that they will crush australia economically for pushing for the inquiery into how the virus started and where.! Im Aussie and its about time the government here stopped putting all there eggs in one basket and this maywell bring on hard times for the forseeable future but may be the wake-up call for the people of the country to finally take back some of the industry that has been given away to china by our weak as piss leaders over the years.! 
 


Maybe trump hasnt yet weighed in on the matter as yet is because the u.s might have just doubled there barley exports to china without even negotiating a deal (big mouth aussie prime minister has gone n shot himself in the foot.!)


China is trying to bully a lot nations right now. They should band together and tell China to fuck right off. Now is the time strip China of its power and influence.

I don't know how much meaning should be give to the countries that are backing Australia's initiative. But looking at the Asian countries who signed on, Japan and Korea. No Vietnam or Philippines, Cambodia, Laos. Yes Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh. Seems China still has arching influence on that upper south Asia region.