Australia and the United States call for an inquiry into how Covid-19, which was originally an epidemic in China, has become a pandemic that has killed more than 200 thousand people worldwide. The outbreak also forced billions of people to isolate themselves and ravage the global economy.
“Chinese people are frustrated and disappointed with what Australia is trying to do right now,” he said in an interview with the Australian Financial Review published on Sunday as quoted by AFP on Monday (27/4).
He said, if necessary, they asked the younger generation of Chinese diplomats to aggressively push the interests of the Communist Party to use economic power as influence.
Cheng Jingye warned that if they continued to press for an independent inquiry into the origins of the corona outbreak it could lead to a boycott of Australian wine and a trip to the country.
“If the atmosphere changes from bad to worse, people will think ‘why do we have to go to a country that is not friendly with China?’ “Tourists might have other (travel) options,” he said.
He said, if necessary, they asked the younger generation of Chinese diplomats to aggressively push the interests of the Communist Party to use economic power as influence
“It’s up to people to decide. Maybe people will say ‘Why do we have to drink wine from Australia and eat beef from Australia?”
Experts say an investigation into the corona virus outbreak could spark a spotlight on Chinese leaders regarding their response to the crisis, also opening the door to intolerable criticism.
In addition, Cheng considers Australia to only repeat the narrative echoed by the United States. “People are trying to blame China for their own problems and divert attention,” he said.
The comments increased the tension between Beijing and Canberra, where relations between the two have been heating up for a long time.