62 nations back Australia’s COVID-19 probe

In a move that is certain to further inflame the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a coalition of 62 countries will back Australia’s push for an independent inquiry into the COVID-19 outbreak ahead of a crucial meeting of the World Health Assembly.

All 27 European Union member states, the UK, India, Japan, and Russia are among the nations who will support a motion at the assembly for a probe into the international response to the virus, including the actions of the World Health Organisation.

In a statement to Sky News, the Health Minister Greg Hunt said “Australia is actively engaged in negotiations on a resolution being led by the European Union expected to be endorsed at the (virtual) World Health Assembly on May 18”.

However, there are concerns that the World Health Organization (WHO) could be involved in the probe, meaning it could be both ‘poacher and game keeper’. The motion was also careful not to make any mention of Wuhan or China as the originator of the coronavirus:

Great to see Australia show some cajones and stand up to the CCP bully.

Leith van Onselen

Comments

  1. Goldstandard1MEMBER

    I’m waiting to see how we back out of this, but for now……WE’LL TAKE IT!
    Considering the West is rising against China at a regional level (hostile vs. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Pacific), a trade level (U.S and Australia) and cyber security (election tampering. 5G), we ultimately need to bring them into line or they can operate by themselves and ultimately get poorer.

  2. Andrew2MEMBER

    Can’t help thinking the Simon Birmingham non returned calls and subsequent publicity was stage managed to allow the CCP to save face by appearing to put the trade minister in his place.

    • Yes. a great primer on Chinese diplomacy ( and historic roots) is On China by Henry Kissinger. He details the historical treatment of emissaries among other great insights into the mind of the middle kingdom.

      Early 
in 
the 
morning
 of 
October
 3,
1793, 
a
 mandarin 
awoke 
Macartney and 
summoned 
him
 in 
full 
ceremonial
 dress 
to 
the 
Forbidden
 City,
 where
 he was
 to 
receive
 the 
answer
 to
 his 
petition.
 After
 a
 wait 
of
 several
 hours,
he was 
ushered 
up 
a 
staircase 
to 
a
 silk covered 
chair,
 upon
 which
 sat 
not 
the Emperor, 
but 
a
 letter 
from
 the
 Emperor 
to
 King
 George.
 The
 Chinese officials
 kowtowed 
to 
the 
letter, 
leaving
 Macartney 
to 
kneel 
to
 the 
letter
on one 
knee.
 Finally, 
the
 imperial 
communication
 was
transported 
back 
to Macartney’s 
chambers
 with
 full
 ceremony.
 It 
proved
 to
 be
 one
 of
 the 
most humiliating
 communications 
in
 the 
annals 
of 
British
 diplomacy.

  3. No so sure there will be much squealing. Looks China has threatened/influenced Europe and others enough for the terms to be watered down. No longer any reference to China/Wuhan because it’s not like it started there. Only looking at “response” to the virus and not “origin” of the virus. Plus no longer independent of “WHO” review but rather an “independent” sub-committee of the “WHO”. Maybe I am being too pessimistic, will wait to see what eventuates but would not be surprised if this “WHO” sub-committee comes back with how amazingly China with the help of the “WHO” responded to the threat of the virus and how the western world got it wrong and didn’t listen, with no mention of how it started or how we should prevent it next time.

    • This is why the US has opted not to go all in behind, it says for other countries to support Aus’s call but is basically staying arms length away, it, I reckon will wait and see what happen’s but in the end it wants something more deeper and with all bells and whistles attached…

      • Unless Trump looses, then BidenCo will happily sweep it under the rug with an “investigation”.

  4. Ian ArunMEMBER

    Cant see this investigation getting anywhere apart from some report that would save face for all parties involved. West is guilty as much as china is for similar events. WMD in Iraq, Syria are recent examples…having said that there was about 4-5 different virus originated in China in the last 20 years which is worrying.

  5. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    is not Our ABC unable to report on this, might offend someone in another country their greatest concern as always

  6. Can you please track down the full list of countries who signed up to the investigation?

    • DingwallMEMBER

      https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/coronavirus/62-nations-back-australias-push-for-a-covid19-inquiry/news-story/d09e8b4ef61da22f34c258212f74adf6

      The countries now backing the inquiry are Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, the African Group and its Member States, the European Union and its Member States, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

      Bolded indicates a bunch of countries grouped under a banner

      • By my calculations, thats’ ~4.76bn people.

        Or, to put it another way:

        ~62% of the global population.

        or ~76% of the population excluding China.

        That doesn’t look so good for China. If it were a UN vote, ignoring their veto, it might rank up there as one of the closest to unanimous things they’d ever discussed.

        The list so far as best I can derive:

        Albania Algeria Angola Australia Austria Bangladesh Belarus Belgium Benin Botswana Brazil Bulgaria BurkinaFaso Burundi Cameroon Canada CapeVerde CentralAfricanRepublic Chad Chile Colombia Comoros Congo Croatia CzechRepublic Denmark Djibouti DominicanRepublic DRCongo Ecuador Egypt ElSalvador EquatorialGuinea Eritrea Estonia Eswatini Ethiopia Finland France Gabon Gambia Germany Ghana Greece Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Ireland Italy IvoryCoast Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Latvia Lesotho Liberia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Monaco Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Namibia Netherlands NewZealand Niger Nigeria NorthMacedonia Norway Paraguay Peru Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda SanMarino SãoToméandPríncipe SaudiArabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles SierraLeone Slovakia Slovenia Somalia South Africa SouthKorea SouthSudan Spain Sudan Sweden Tanzania Togo Tunisia Turkey Uganda Ukraine UnitedKingdom Zambia Zimbabwe

      • DominicMEMBER

        Interestingly, Russia are among the signatories. So much for them being a strong ally of China’s.

  7. Quite a bit of an anti-LNP bias around here. So I’m just curious — are we willing to give some credit to Morrison for this?

    • Anti-LNP bias? Do you have any references or links to support that assertion?

    • DominicMEMBER

      Every one and his dog has signed up to this (including Russia) — he’s hardly ‘going it alone’.

      • a) They were willing to go alone before this coalition
        Hence all the threats from China towards Australia.

        b) I think you’ll find they brought on this coalition.

        But hey, they’re LNP so they can’t do anything right???
        What a contrast with the asslicking Victorian ALP.

  8. Can you imagine Labor, here, responding like this? I don’t believe this is virtue signalling and will eventually be watered down. Seems like the LNP are going for the ‘jugular’ now.

  9. graphicMEMBER

    Payne is claiming 116 countries on board, but they need 130 out of 169 for the resolution to pass.

    • That’s easy, just get SmoCorona to organise a putch like the one where they shivved Turdbull…