Chinese embassy says Australia claim of WHA vindication 'a joke'
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 The Chinese Embassy in Australia said it was "nothing but a joke" for Australia to claim that a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution that calls for an inquiry into the coronavirus was a vindication of Canberra's push for a global review.
Australia and China traded barbs on Tuesday, reports Reuters. Australia has just recorded its 100th COVID-19 fatality. Australia’s relative success in constraining the spread of the virus has been overshadowed though. Mostly by a rift with its largest trading partner China, which lies to Australia's north. This is exacerbated by a World Health Assembly resolution in favor of the inquiry. China imposed hefty tariffs on Australian barley exports.
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan while addressing 73rd World Health Assembly via video conference on May 18 said that PM Modi personally monitored situation and ensured a pre-emptive, proactive and graded response, leaving no stones unturned to contain the deadly virus from spreading. "India took all necessary steps well in time," he added.
The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday that an independent evaluation of the global coronavirus response would be launched as soon as possible, and China backed such a review. Emer McCarthy reports.
It was supposed to be a symbol of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's command over the Australian economy on Thursday (June 4), but his press conference to announce a fourth stimulus package briefly turned comical when he and reporters were told by a local to get off his newly reseeded grass.