There has been a blame game going on for a while now. All eyes were on China as the suspect for where the virus came from. Recently a Chinese publication released a statement saying that the virus could have been brought to Wuhan by frozen goods that includes Australian meats.
This is a reverse in Australia who has harped on China to be more transparent about where the virus came from. The statement came from an article published by a Chinese stat- run publication, called the Global Times which stated. “some Western politicians and media sought to shift the narrative from their own shortcomings by targeting and accusing Wuhan as being ‘where the coronavirus began our understanding of the new virus has deepened over the past few months, and as the mounting sporadic outbreaks in China were found to be related to imported cold-chain products, with other parts of the world, including Europe and the American continent, reportedly discovering signs of the coronavirus earlier than Wuhan, it begs a new hypothesis: did the early outbreak in Wuhan originate from imported frozen food?” the article read.
This of course is not a widely accepted theory. The World Health Organization (WHO) was time and time again shot down this theory. Instead, they propose that Wuhan wet markets were the most likely root cause of the virus.
This rivalry became stronger when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19 to get to the bottom of China’s role in reporting it. This of course turned out quickly as Beijing became immediately was angered by this idea. China responded right away by putting tariffs on all Australian goods.
China has made other outrageous claims before too in an effort to shift the blame. They have accused it of chicken wings from Brazil, squid from Russia, shrimp from Ecuador, pork from Germany, and salmon from Norway.
“More and more evidence suggest that the frozen seafood or meat products probably spread the virus from countries with the epidemic into our country,” Chinese epidemiologist Wu Zu you said in a recent interview posted on a government website, The New York Times reported.
China keeps on defending itself even in the face of WHO disagreeing with them saying their theory “Cannot be ruled out”. Another gut punch to Australia from the Global Times came in the form of a cartoon depicting Australia’s relationship with the United States. The Image showed a Kangaroo with a shadow being the bald eagle.
“It is clear to all that Australia has been the pawn in the US regional strategy in the recent years, especially during the Trump administration,” it states in the article.” In the US campaign to attack Huawei, Australia fired the first shot and then took credit for the US. When it comes to confronting China, Australia cannot claim to be the US’s number two ally.”
Obviously to the outside world, the fact that the virus came from China is all but certain. The communist country has a history of propaganda and blame shifting though. Australia is just the newest target for Chinese News sources to target as the source of the virus. Hopefully one day soon China lets the world figure out what really happened with the virus and where it came from.