The Secretary of State for the Australian Department of State and Commerce, Frances Adamson, has asked the Chinese ambassador to the country, Cheng Jingye, for explanations after threatening to boycott consumption of Australian wines and other products if Canberra insists on investigating Origin of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cheng, who warned on Monday of the consequences for the country to insist on launching an investigation into the virus, has dismissed Australia’s concerns about his comments and asked the country to “put ideological issues aside”. . He therefore called for “a stronger strengthening of bilateral relations” between the two countries.
Trade minister Simon Birminghan described Cheng’s comments as “disappointing” and said the Australian government would not change its stance on the need for an independent investigation.
However, both the Australian and Chinese governments are trying to alleviate the tensions identified in the past few days, government sources confirm ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ from local sources.