China threatens Australia over Coronavirus questions
China’s Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye has hinted at a possible boycott of some Australian products, such as wine, if the Australian government insists on asking for more transparency from its Chinese counterpart.
“If this is going to get worse, people are going to wonder if it’s worth going to a country that is not as friendly to China as it seems; they may wonder why they should drink Australian wine or eat its meat, “he said.
China defends itself from accusations from other countries of not being transparent in explaining how the coronavirus pandemic, a global emergency, was triggered.
In this context, the Chinese ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, on Monday threatened the Australian government to boycott the consumption of some Australian products, if they continue to insist on investigating the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Chinese society is frustrated and disappointed in what Australia is doing. If this is going to get worse, people are going to consider whether it is worth going to a country that is not as friendly to China as it seems, “he said in statements collected by Europa Press, before warning that” tourists perhaps think twice. “
In an interview with the local newspaper ‘The Australian Financial Review’, the ambassador has pointed out that everything depends on the people. “They may wonder why they should drink Australian wine or eat its meat,” dropping a veiled boycott if Australia insists on investigating the Chinese origin of the devastating virus.
It should be recalled that the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has spoken in favor of opening an independent international investigation into the origin of the coronavirus in China and the response initially given to the health emergency by the Asian giant.
China’s Modus Operandi
China’s deceptive practices and thirst for retaliation is not new. Countries in Europe have openly denounced the communist nation for sending defective protection gear in so-called aid packages. Those countries include Italy, France and Spain.
Spain has gone as far as requesting a refund from China, for having sent defective and contaminated testing kits. The country has rejected more Chinese made protective gear.
The Netherlands recalled 600,000 defective pieces of equipment because of defective filtration. “The rest of the shipment was immediately put on hold and has not been distributed,” read a statement from a Dutch government official. “Now it has been decided not to use any of this shipment.”
Meanwhile, in Italy and France, healthcare practitioners have had the same experience. Countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey and Britain also complained about faulty antigen or antibody coronavirus tests, which they bought from Chinese companies. The cost of the testing kits it is said to be in the millions of dollars.
Still in Europe, Georgia decided to cancel a contract with a Chinese company that provided flawed tests to European nations and the country of Malaysia chose to buy tests from South Korea.
Threats from China don’t come only because of defective test kits or equipment. In addition to starting the current pandemic, China is also threatening nations that do not agree to sign or maintain contracts for the installation of 5G technology via its tech giant Huawei.
As reported by the Washington Times, “Chinese told France it would provide 1 billion protective face masks only if the French let Huawei implement its 5G capabilities.”
According to the newspaper, Xi Jinping told French leader Emmanuel Macron that a billion masks would be provided only if France implemented 5G with Huawei.