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Rage over Australia’s call for COVID-19 inquiry in China

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THE Australian government is refusing to back down on calls for a global enquiry into origins of coronavirus despite Chinese threat to impose economic boycott on Australia.

  But Australia has continued to rebuff China’s threats with Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison stepping up his crusade an investigation into the origins pandemic.

  In pushing for independent inquiry, Morrison incurred Beijing’s criticism of Australia.

  “It is a matter for them, what Australia is pursuing is not targeted. It is said independently, it is said out of common sense. I find Australia’s position to be not remarkable at all, but one that is entirely responsible,” Morrison said.

  But China has labeled the move as politically motivated, with one Chinese media comparing Australia to “chewing gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe.”

  According to the editor of the state-run Global Times, Hu Xijin, any further push by Australia may strain ties between the major trading partners.

  “Somehow Australia is jumping up and down again and again. It is like chewing gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe. Sometimes you just have to find a rock and rub it off. After COVID-19, those who are doing business with Australia, or sending kids there to study, will need to assess the risks,” he said.

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