The Australian Foreign Minister and the Minister of Health requested an investigation of the origin of new coronavirus pneumonia epidemic following the United States.
Australian Federal Government Ministers and Opposition Leaders have expressed their opinions recently, joining a political chorus calling for an investigation into the transparency of China ’s epidemic and questioning WHO ’s “independence”. In an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation on April 19, Australian Foreign Minister Payne said that she was very concerned about the transparency of China ’s epidemic information and called for an “independent international investigation” on the origin of the epidemic. This investigation should not be the responsibility of the World Health Organization.
Payne said that her focus on China ’s information transparency has reached a “very high level” and that a global investigation should be launched into the origin of the new coronavirus epidemic and how China handled it in early Wuhan. The report said that she did not make a direct evaluation of the information transparency of China ’s handling of the epidemic, but said that trust in China is “based on long-term relationships” and that all major countries in the world should be transparent.
According to local media reports, Australian Health Minister Hunter agreed with Payne’s statement. Earlier, the Australian Ministry of Home Affairs, who has always been tough on China, said that more than 60 people in Australia died of the new coronavirus virus. “China must explain to all victims’ families what happened. ” To some extent, it needs to be reviewed. ” The leader of the Australian Opposition Labor Party, Albanis, claimed that one of the biggest differences between China and Australia is that Australia is a democratic country, and democracy in a one-party country will be weakened and transparency will be reduced.
Australia is the closest foreign country to the United States in foreign policy. After the outbreak of the New coronavirus, Australia followed the US and closed the border with China. New Zealand Television said on the 19th that Australia “joined the United States’ call for an investigation into China.” Some observers pointed out that before Washington raised this issue, not many people in Australia seriously discussed the origin of coronavirus.