China Threatening Australia Over Calls for Coronavirus Investigation, Report Reveals
Chinese Communist Party threatens to block Australian imports, restrict travel to country
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is reportedly threatening to attack Australia's economy over recent calls for an investigation into the Chinese government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a report by Sky News Australia, China has threatened to block imports of Australian goods and restrict Chinese citizens from traveling to the country.
“Ambassador Cheng Jingye on Monday said the push was ‘dangerous’ and could encourage Chinese citizens to not purchase Australian exports or travel to the nation,” the outlet reported.
The Australian government is seeing the calls as an attack on their economy in response to the calls for a probe.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne blasted Cheng Jingye's comments as an "economic hit."
“The government however is not backing down from the call for an independent inquiry, with Foreign Minister Marise Payne criticizing the threat of an economic hit due to the push,” Sky added.
Sky News Australia reporter Tom Connell said that Australian politicians were united in their push for a “global independent” investigation into the coronavirus, which originated in China.
“China’s response, of course, has been to push back and the stakes did increase today from the Chinese ambassador in this interview with the Australian Financial Review,” Connell said.
In the interview, Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye admitted that China’s response to the pandemic has not been “perfect.”
On the matter of Australia siding with the U.S. on wanting an investigation into China, Cheng said, “It’s a kind of pandering to the assertions that are made by some forces in Washington.
"Over a certain period of time, some guys are attempting to blame China for their problems and deflect the attention.” Cheng continued.
“So what is being done by the Australia side?
"The proposition is a kind of teaming up with those forces in Washington and to launch a kind of political campaign against China.”
"The Chinese public is frustrated, dismayed, and disappointed with what Australia is doing now,” Cheng added.
"I think in the long term… if the mood is going from bad to worse, people would think ‘Why should we go to such a country that is not so friendly to China?’
"The tourists may have second thoughts.
"The parents of the students would also think whether this place which they found is not so friendly, even hostile, whether this is the best place to send their kids here,” Cheng continued.
"It is up to the people to decide. Maybe the ordinary people will say ‘Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef?'”
China has aggressively sought to squash criticism of its handling of the outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, and had success against weak European leaders that cowered to China’s demands.
The New York Times reported last week:
Bowing to heavy pressure from Beijing, European Union officials softened their criticism of China this week in a report documenting how governments push disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents, emails and interviews.
Worried about the repercussions, European officials first delayed and then rewrote the document in ways that diluted the focus on China, a vital trading partner — taking a very different approach than the confrontational stance adopted by the Trump administration.
Last week, Neon Nettle reported that a China-owned food company has started closing down slaughterhouses and processing plants across the United States, putting America's meat supply in jeopardy.
The U.S. meat supply is now under threat due to workers at facilities being diagnosed with COVID-19, leading to closures across the country.
The impact of such closures is complex and could have far-reaching consequences across the food supply chain.
America’s livestock farmers could likely come under threat of going under as wholesale prices take a dive.
Perhaps the most alarming fact to emerge from the news is that the largest provider of pork in the U.S. is owned by a corporation based in China.
Popular meat brands Nathan’s Famous, Farmland, Eckrich, Armour, and Healthy Ones, to name a few, all fall under the umbrella of Smithfield Foods - the largest producer of pork products in the United States.