Chinese citizens have reportedly hit out at Australia amid growing trade tensions between the two countries, accusing it of being “a dog” for the United States.
The Global Times – a publication well known for expressing the Chinese Government’s agenda – published comments from social media network Weibo of Chinese citizens unloading on Australia.
“It seems that Australia, this giant kangaroo that serves as a dog of the US, will hit a deadlock with China on trade disputes in sectors like coal and beef. Hopefully, the US will compensate it,” one Weibo post read, as reported by The Global Times.
The article preceded the damning comment by saying Chinese citizens had “mocked” Australia over its attempt “to become a martyr for defending so-called independence and transparency while its ideas are denounced by the global community”.
It had said Australia’s demands for a probe into China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak have been rejected by the international community who had instead supported a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution for a global investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.
It continued to criticise “some Western politicians” efforts to politicise a “post-epidemic evaluation” in attempts to spread anti-China rhetoric.
This stance, the article argued, had been “officially denounced” by the global community, which it said would not accept “unfair and unscientific appeal”.
The article also claimed that China was welcoming Australia to abandon “politicising the pandemic”, accusing the country of “playing the loyal deputy to the US in slandering China”.
“It (is) also mistakenly thought that China would be isolated by the international community at the WHA and wanted to bring Taiwan into the body,” Yu Lei, a researcher at the Research Centre for Pacific Island Countries at Liaocheng University, told the publication.
“Australia also thought its proposal would get recognition from most of the WHO (World Health Organisation) member states, but the reality tells the opposite.”
Australia sparked a diplomatic spat with China after calling for a global coronavirus inquiry.
China has since slapped an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley and suspended imports from four major abattoirs.
The WHA has adopted a resolution to establish an independent coronavirus inquiry with the support of a record 137 nations.
The inquiry resolution does not mention China, instead committing to an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation of the pandemic.
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