Australians have vented their frustrations and anger at China’s attacks on our sovereignty after a Chinese journalist said Australia was “chewing gum stuck on the sole of China’s shoes.”
Hundreds of thousands of Australians have voiced their concerns on social media today with China’s response and recent rhetoric seeking to downplay the role in the spread of the virus.
The anger comes as US President Donald Trump today stated that he was “confident” the coronavirus originated in a Chinese virology lab but has dismissed the calls for evidence to been made available to the American public.
Trump has told reporters that evidence he had seen gave him a “high degree of confidence” the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Trump did not provide specific evidence of the origin of the virus but highlighted that intelligence sources had provided him a high degree of confidence.
China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology says that Trump’s claims are unfounded and have dismissed the allegations.
US Intelligence agencies have previously stated that the virus was “not man-made or genetically modified”, but that they were still investigating whether there could have been a lab accident or leak.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement “The intelligence community will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”
Many experts believe the virus originated in the Wuhan wet market and transferred from animals in the market to people. Some unsubstantiated claims say that infected bats were sold to a nearby market prior to the Chinese New Year shutdown.
Australians angered at Chinese responses
Australian have vented their frustrations at the Chinese response to the virus, in particular, the ongoing rhetoric provided by China’s Communist Party Officials and Ambassadors where they have threatened Australia with sanctions top prevent students entering Australia, halting wine sales and cutting back Australian produce such as beef.
On Monday this week, Hu Xijin, Editor of the state-run Global Times wrote on Weibo that the ties between Australia and China, were likely to deteriorate.
He criticised Australia for joining the US in its attacks on China.
“After the epidemic, we need to have more risk awareness when doing business with Australia and also when we send our children to study there.”
“Australia is always there, making trouble. It is a bit like chewing gum stuck on the sole of China’s shoes. Sometimes you have to find a stone to rub it off,” Hu said.
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