Original article by Andrew Tillett, Michael Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 : 21-Apr-20
China’s Foreign Ministry claims that it has "serious concerns" about Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s call for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19. A spokesperson for the Ministry has suggested that Australia should not "blindly follow other countries", and should instead focus on improving epidemic control and on improving its relationship with China. Australia-China Relations Institute director James Laurenceson says he does not think China would agree to such an inquiry; he notes that the global financial crisis began in the US, but that the US "did not open up its books" to show what happened.
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, CHINA. MINISTRY OF COMMERCE. DEPT OF FOREIGN ECONOMIC AND TRADE POLICY, AUSTRALIA-CHINA RELATIONS INSTITUTE