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Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed late on Thursday that he did not “mean” to make remarks that were widely panned as “racist” about black people, despite the fact that he doubled down on the remarks in separate interviews.

“Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all,” Biden claimed. “Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place.”

“My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future,” Biden concluded.

During an interview released early Thursday morning, Biden said, “What you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”

Later in the day, Biden doubled down on his remarks, telling a Latino group, “Now what I mean full diversity, unlike the African American community and many other communities, you’re from everywhere. You’re from Europe, from the tip of South America, all the way to our border in Mexico, and the Caribbean. And different backgrounds, different ethnicities, but all Latinos. We’re gonna get a chance to do that if we win in November.”

Biden also made remarks that some suggested were racist earlier this week when he used the word “junkie” during an interview with a black journalist. Biden also recently told a black host that if the host did not vote for him, “then you ain’t black.”

Biden’s remarks were widely deemed to be racist by notable figures across the political spectrum.

Fox News analyst Gianno Caldwell wrote, “The pass Dems continue to give Joe Biden on the racist things he say is insane. Are they for racists or against them.”

Trump campaign senior adviser Katrina Pierson wrote: “I would like to note the racist undertones of Joe ‘racial jungle’ Biden accusing a black man of being a junkie! This is what he thinks of Black people who are not ‘clean and articulate’.”

Democrat and former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright wrote: “One Biden racial slip might be forgivable. But a lifetime of ‘slips’ — like saying black people aren’t black if they vote for Republicans, or are cocaine junkies if they dare challenge a Democrat — means there is an ugly pattern. Joe Biden is a racist and a bigot.”

Leftist Tariq Nasheed wrote: “When suspected white supremacists get older, they lose their ability to filter their thoughts. So they express their real racist views.”

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: Biden Claims He Didn’t ‘Mean’ To Make Racist Comments About Blacks Despite Doubling Down; Fails To Apologize

The Trump administration placed an initial $1.95 billion order for 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine with Pfizer and can acquire an additional 500 million doses.

Pfizer and BioNTech announced in a joint statement that they secured “an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to meet the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program goal to begin delivering 300 million doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 in 2021.” The BNT162 program is based on BioNTech’s proprietary mRNA technology and supported by Pfizer’s global vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities. The BNT162 vaccine candidates are undergoing clinical studies and aren’t currently approved for distribution anywhere in the world.

“Under the agreement, the U.S. government will receive 100 million doses of BNT162, the COVID-19 vaccine candidate jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, after Pfizer successfully manufactures and obtains approval or emergency use authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” the statement said. “Americans will receive the vaccine for free consistent with U.S. government’s commitment for free access for COVID-19 vaccines.”

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said, “Expanding Operation Warp Speed’s diverse portfolio by adding a vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech increases the odds that we will have a safe, effective vaccine as soon as the end of this year. Depending on success in clinical trials, today’s agreement will enable the delivery of approximately 100 million doses of this vaccine to the American people.”

The Wall Street Journal added:

The BNT162 program is based on BioNTech’s proprietary mRNA technology and supported by Pfizer’s global vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities. The BNT162 vaccine candidates are undergoing clinical studies and aren’t currently approved for distribution anywhere in the world.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine development program is evaluating at least four experimental vaccines. If the studies are successful, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to seek emergency use authorization or some form of regulatory approval as early as October.

The announcement comes as the world continues to struggle with containing the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China.

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ABC News on Wednesday that it was “very hard to predict” how bad the pandemic could get. Redfield said that wearing a face mask was the most powerful tool that Americans have to combat the pandemic.

President Donald Trump urged Americans to wear face masks this week, saying, “We’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask, get a mask. Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. They’ll have an effect. And we need everything we can get.”

In a tweet, Trump said, “We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Admin Secures Up To 600M Coronavirus Vaccine Doses With Pfizer, Free To Americans

Leaders in the black community in New York City are calling on the New York City Police Department to deal with the recent crime surge in the city by reinstating the plainclothes anti-crime unit that the department recently dismantled as anti-police sentiment exploded in wake of the death of George Floyd.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former cop, “became the second member of the African-American community to call on the NYPD to stop the violence by re-instituting the Anti-Crime Unit — undercover cops whose job was to get guns off the street,” CBS New York reported. “This, as shootings for the week went up 277%, 49 compared to 13 in 2019. The number of victims is up 253%, 60 compared to 17 in 2019.”

“I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate,” Adams said. “Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”

Activist Tony Herbert told the network that he agrees, saying, “we have a 1-year-old and the blood is on the hands of the mayor and the state Legislature.”

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed on Sunday that the crime surge was happening because people were “scared to pay their rent,” or they were just needing some “bread.”

The Daily Wire reported:

Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion that the increase in crime is simply people stealing bread to try to feed their families ignores the widespread looting of luxury stores that happened in the city during the recent riots. It also ignores the fact that New York City Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio resisted calls from top Democrats and Republicans to deploy the National Guard to restore order and stop the violence and looting.

Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks about the increasing crime rate also fail to address the fact that a lot of the increase in crime that is garnering headlines is an increase in violent crime, including murders and shootings. For example, shootings last month skyrocketed 130% compared to June of 2019.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the increase in crime around the city was causing the city’s justice system to implode. The NYPD also cut their plainclothes unit of 600 officers, and have seen a massive increase in officers retiring – which is likely due, at least in part, to the current anti-police climate that is being pushed by the political Left.

Ocasio-Cortez’s sudden apparent concern for people not having jobs may ring hollow as she previously celebrated a crash in oil prices, which critics said meant that she was “cheering job losses.” Ocasio-Cortez also suggested that low-income Americans should boycott going back to work after the pandemic shutdown was over.

Ocasio-Cortez was one of the people who helped stop Amazon from bringing tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity to New York City.

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: Members Of Black Community Call On NYPD To Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit Amid Crime Surge: ‘We Need To Reevaluate’

Seattle Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan is reportedly going to shut down the “CHOP” zone in her city following an increasing spate of violence in the area, which is largely occupied by fringe activists.

“Faced with growing pressure to crack down on an ‘occupied’ protest zone following two weekend shootings, Seattle’s mayor said Monday that officials will move to wind down the blocks-long span of city streets taken over two weeks ago that President Donald Trump asserted is run by ‘anarchists,’” Q13 FOX Seattle reported. “Durkan said at a news conference that the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters seeking to address racial inequity and police brutality. She said the city is working with the community to bring the ‘Capitol Hill Occupied Protest’ zone to an end.”

The news comes after three people were shot in the police-free area in recent days. At least one of the people shot, a 19-year-old, died as a result.

Durkan suggested that the shootings were a reflection of a “gun violence” problem, writing on Twitter, “In the past two nights, three different people have been shot at the CHOP. Two were injured, and one has tragically died. Any incidents of gun violence in our city are deeply concerning to me, Chief @carmenbest , our residents, businesses, and the greater community.”

“This is unacceptable,” Durkan continued. “We have worked hard to address gun violence in our city – particularly among our youth – yet this Saturday morning, a 19 year old tragically lost his life. As a mother of a 19 year old, I cannot begin to imagine the grief his mother and family are feeling.”

Earlier this month, Durkan appeared on CNN where she suggested that the zone could stay up all summer, calling it a “summer of love.”

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President Donald Trump responded to the controversial remark by writing on Twitter, “Seattle Mayor says, about the anarchists takeover of her city, ‘it is a Summer of Love’. These Liberal Dems don’t have a clue. The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death. Must end this Seattle takeover now!”

Durkan replied: “Seattle is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy.”

Washington Democrat Governor Jay Inslee claimed a couple of weeks ago that he has “not heard anything about” the area, which at the time was called “CHAZ,” or “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.”

Inslee was asked during a press conference, “Governor, I’d like to ask you about what’s going on Seattle, there’s this thing called the capital autonomous zone, what’s your thought about the fact that the protesters have taken that over and are not allowing people to come and go freely?”

“Well that’s news to me,” Inslee claimed. “So, I’ll have to reserve any comment about it. I have not, I have not heard anything about that from any credible source, not that you’re not credible, it’s just like before I espouse an opinion, I should know of which I speak.”

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: ‘SUMMER OF LOVE’ OVER: Seattle Mayor To Dismantle ‘CHOP’ Zone After Violence, Reports Say

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) reported this week in state-run media that Chinese scientists are now leaning towards believing that the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the world did not originate in Huanan seafood market in Wuhan.

The Global Times, which is Chinese state-run propaganda, said that while the original theory that China publicly promoted was that the coronavirus originated in the wet market, new evidence “indicates that the speculation may not be right.” The Global Times reported:

The Huanan seafood market is more like a victim of COVID-19 rather than the origin of the novel coronavirus, Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and member of the National Committee of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told the media on Monday.

Gao said he had gone to Wuhan to collect samples for COVID-19 researchers in early January, but no viruses were detected in the animal samples. Viruses were only found in environmental samples, including sewage.

The article from Chinese state-run media did not suggest any other potential places where the coronavirus could have originated.

Most U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly believe that the virus escaped the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) during a lab accident sometime late last year.

The Saturday Telegraph, which is an Australian publication, reported earlier this month on a 15-page dossier compiled by the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, which is comprised of intelligence agencies from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand:

As intelligence agencies investigate whether the virus inadvertently leaked from a Wuhan laboratory, the team and its research led by scientist Shi Zhengli feature in the dossier prepared by Western governments that points to several studies they conducted as areas of concern.

It cites their work discovering samples of coronavirus from a cave in the Yunnan province with striking genetic similarity to COVID-19, along with their research synthesising a bat-derived coronavirus that could not be treated. …

In Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, not far from the now infamous Wuhan wet market, Dr Shi and her team work in high-protective gear in level-three and level-four bio-containment laboratories studying deadly bat-derived coronaviruses.

At least one of the ­estimated 50 virus samples Dr Shi has in her laboratory is a 96 per cent genetic match to COVID-19. When Dr Shi heard the news about the outbreak of a new ­pneumonia-like virus, she spoke about the sleepless nights she suffered worrying whether it was her lab that was responsible for the outbreak.

AFP reported this week that the Wuhan Institute of Virology admitted to having three live strains of bat coronaviruses on site but claimed that none of them were a match to the coronavirus that is sweeping across the world.

It is worth noting that China has repeatedly lied about the outbreak ,and information coming out of China is widely viewed with skepticism by experts.

Late last month, when asked by the media if he has seen any evidence that gives him a “high degree of confidence” that the coronavirus outbreak came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, President Donald Trump responded, “Yes, I have.”

When asked what evidence he has seen that gives him a “a high degree of confidence,” Trump responded: “I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that.”

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: China Now Claims Coronavirus Probably Did Not Come From Wet Market, Virus Not Found In Animal Samples There

Two Senate committees are expanding their investigations into the Obama-era scandal that involved surveilling members of the Trump campaign, which Attorney General William Barr has said amounts to “spying,” saying that they have reason to believe that they are becoming increasingly concerned that the surveillance started before the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson and Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley wrote a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell asking for the declassification of “additional information related to the unmasking of Americans around the time of the 2016 election, but also to expand the scope of our request to include information as early as January 2016.”

“Based on our investigation and recent press reports, we are increasingly concerned that the surveillance of U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump campaign began earlier than the opening of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation in late July 2016,” the letter continued. “It has become evident that the FBI, and possibly members of the U.S. Intelligence Community, were focused on U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump campaign in early 2016, if not even earlier.”

“Again, the best way to resolve these issues is to determine the truth, and to make clear to the American people what did and did not occur,” the letter concluded. “For these reasons, we respectfully request that you make available to us, as soon as possible, all information regarding the “unmasking” of U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump campaign requested by members of President Obama’s administration from January 2016 through January 2017.”

The demand for more information comes after last week’s bombshell revelation that numerous Obama officials, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, unmasked then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Fox News reported:

The list was declassified in recent days by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and then sent to GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, who made the documents public. The roster features top-ranking figures including then-Vice President Joe Biden — a detail already being raised by the Trump campaign in the bare-knuckle 2020 presidential race where Biden is now the Democrats’ presumptive nominee.

The list also includes then-FBI Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Obama’s then-chief of staff Denis McDonough.

Obama officials, including disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, thought that there was something wrong with Flynn’s phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Attorney General William Barr debunked that notion earlier this month, saying that Flynn made “a perfectly legitimate and appropriate call he made as a member of the transition.”

“Let me say that, at that point, he was the designated national security adviser for President-Elect Trump, and was part of the transition, which is recognized by the government and funded by the government as an important function to bring in a new administration,” Barr continued. “And it is very typical, very common for the national security team of the incoming president to communicate with foreign leaders.”

“And that call, there was nothing wrong with it whatever. In fact, it was laudable. He– and it was nothing inconsistent with the Obama administration’s policies,” Barr concluded on the matter. “And it was in U.S. interests. He was saying to the Russians, you know, ‘Don’t escalate.’ And they asked him if he remembered saying that, and he said he didn’t remember that.”

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: Senators ‘Dramatically Expanding’ Probe Into Obama-Era Scandal, Think Surveillance May Have Started ‘Even Earlier’ Than 2016

A former top Department of Justice (DOJ) official alleged in newly released documents on Thursday that former President Barack Obama knew about the details of a wiretapped phone call between then-incoming national security advisor Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Fox News Editor Gregg Re reported:

On January 5, 2017, Then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates attended an Oval Office meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, according to the newly declassified documents, including an FD-302 FBI witness report. They were discussing Russian election interference, along with national security adviser Susan Rice and other members of the national security council.

After the briefing, Obama asked Yates and Comey to “stay behind,” and said he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Russia’s ambassador about sanctions. Obama “specified that he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information.”

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York noted that former national security adviser Susan Rice had noted in a declassified memo to herself that she and then-Vice President Joe Biden were also in that meeting.

Rice’s memo stated: “At that point, Yates had no idea what the President was talking about, but figured it out based on the conversation. Yates recalled Comey mentioning the Logan Act, but can’t recall if he specified there was an ‘investigation.’ Comey did not talk.”

The Daily Wire reported that the documents were released as the DOJ dropped the case against Flynn:

Court documents released Thursday, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, reveal the DOJ decided to drop the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.” The court documents further revealed that the DOJ concluded that the ill-fated FBI interview of Flynn on January 24, 2017 was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”

The Daily Wire, headed by bestselling author and popular podcast host Ben Shapiro, is a leading provider of conservative news, cutting through the mainstream media’s rhetoric to provide readers the most important, relevant, and engaging stories of the day. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: Obama Knew About Wiretapped Flynn Phone Calls, Former Top Official Claimed In Declassified Docs

President Donald Trump is reportedly spearheading a new initiative to remove global supply chains from China in response to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic that originated in their country.

“Economic destruction and the U.S. coronavirus death toll are driving a government-wide push to move U.S. production and supply chain dependency away from China, even if it goes to other more friendly nations instead, current and former senior U.S. administration officials said,” according to Reuters. “The U.S. Commerce Department, State and other agencies are looking for ways to push companies to move both sourcing and manufacturing out of China. Tax incentives and potential re-shoring subsidies are among measures being considered to spur changes, the current and former officials told Reuters.”

Keith Krach, undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the State Department, told Reuters that the U.S. has been working on reducing the reliance of U.S. supply chains on China but that in light of recent events the administration is “now turbo-charging that initiative.”

“This moment is a perfect storm; the pandemic has crystallized all the worries that people have had about doing business with China,” a top U.S. official told Reuters. “All the money that people think they made by making deals with China before, now they’ve been eclipsed many fold by the economic damage [from the pandemic].”

In addition to potentially leveraging massive new tariffs against China, Reuters reported that the Trump administration is seeking to create an alliance of “trusted partners” named the “Economic Prosperity Network”.

Reuters added, “It would include companies and civil society groups operating under the same set of standards on everything from digital business, energy and infrastructure to research, trade, education and commerce.”

The move comes after communist China lied to the world about the outbreak in Wuhan by “intentionally conceal[ing] the severity” of the outbreak so that they could have time to hoard medical supplies from around the world that were needed to fight the virus, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.

A recent dossier created by the Five Eyes intelligence alliance — which is comprised of intelligence agencies from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand — stated that China knew that the coronavirus was transmissible from human-to-human in the first week of December, yet waited over six weeks before warning the world.

“China deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak in an ‘assault on international transparency’ that cost tens of thousands of lives, according to a dossier prepared by concerned Western governments on the COVID-19 contagion,” The Daily Telegraph reported. “It states that to the ‘endangerment of other countries’ the Chinese government covered-up news of the virus by silencing or ‘disappearing’ doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence of it in laboratories and refusing to provide live samples to international scientists who were working on a vaccine.”

The Daily Wire, headed by bestselling author and popular podcast host Ben Shapiro, is a leading provider of conservative news, cutting through the mainstream media’s rhetoric to provide readers the most important, relevant, and engaging stories of the day. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: Trump ‘Turbocharging’ Initiative To Remove China From Global Supply Chain, Create New Group

A report that was presented by Chinese intelligence to top leaders in Beijing a month ago reportedly warned that the fallout from China’s scandalous handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China, was so bad that China needed to be prepared for an armed confrontation with the United States.

“The report, presented early last month by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the sources said,” Reuters reported. “As a result, Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic and needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation between the two global powers, according to people familiar with the report’s content, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.”

The 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the history of which is completely censored in China, happened when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) murdered thousands upon thousands of Chinese citizens who were protesting for democratic reforms in the communist nation.

The presentation that was given to China’s top leaders was prepared by “the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s top intelligence body,” Reuters added. “The report described to Reuters warned that anti-China sentiment sparked by the coronavirus could fuel resistance to China’s Belt and Road infrastructure investment projects, and that Washington could step up financial and military support for regional allies, making the security situation in Asia more volatile.”

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a predatory investment project that provides “vital infrastructure funding to developing countries” while leaving those countries with “unsustainable debt,” according to the Center For Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) “has scrutinized multiple aspects of the BRI, repeatedly warning of unsustainable debt levels, predatory lending, and the lack of project transparency,” CSIS added.

Reuters noted that one person who had knowledge of what was presented to Chinese leaders said that Chinese intelligence viewed the report as China’s version of the “Novikov Telegram,” a 1946 document from Soviet ambassador to the U.S., Nikolai Novikov, which warned that the U.S. was a threat to the USSR and thus the USSR needed to beef up its presence in Eastern Europe.

China has rapidly ramped up their military capabilities thanks to their theft of U.S. intellectual property and military secrets, as well as other criminal activity.

The Department of Defense reported:

China uses a variety of methods to acquire foreign military and dual-use technologies, including targeted foreign direct investment, cyber theft, and exploitation of private Chinese nationals’ access to these technologies, as well as harnessing its intelligence services, computer intrusions, and other illicit approaches.

China is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic as studies have found that had they acted three weeks earlier, which is still weeks after they learned that the virus was transmissible from human-to-human, the outbreak could have been 95% contained.

The Daily Wire previously reported that China has falsely claimed that the coronavirus came from the United States Army; tried to cover it up by silencing doctors and journalists who were trying to warn the world; told the world that there was not evidence the coronavirus could be transmitted person to person when they knew for a fact that it could; intentionally lied about how bad the outbreak was to buy themselves time to hoard medical supplies and tried to cover up deaths; and is allegedly continuing to withhold critical information about the outbreak.”

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: Facing Coronavirus Fallout, Chinese Leaders Told To Be Ready For War With U.S., Report Says

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has reportedly threatened Australia over its push for an investigation into China’s handling of the coronavirus.

“Ambassador Cheng Jingye on Monday said the push was ‘dangerous’ and could encourage Chinese citizens to not purchase Australian exports or travel to the nation,” Sky News Australia reported. “The government however is not backing down from the call for an independent inquiry, with Foreign Minister Marise Payne criticizing the threat of an economic hit due to the push.”

Sky News Australia reporter Tom Connell said that Australian politicians were united in their push for a “global independent” investigation into the coronavirus, which originated in China.

“China’s response, of course, has been to push back and the stakes did increase today from the Chinese ambassador in this interview with the Australian Financial Review,” Connell said.

In the interview, Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye admitted that China’s response to the pandemic has not been “perfect.”

On the matter of Australia siding with the U.S. on wanting an investigation into China, Cheng said, “It’s a kind of pandering to the assertions that are made by some forces in Washington. Over a certain period of time, some guys are attempting to blame China for their problems and deflect the attention.”

“So what is being done by the Australia side?” Cheng continued. “The proposition is a kind of teaming up with those forces in Washington and to launch a kind of political campaign against China.”

“The Chinese public is frustrated, dismayed and disappointed with what Australia is doing now,” Cheng continued. “I think in the long term… if the mood is going from bad to worse, people would think ‘Why should we go to such a country that is not so friendly to China?’ The tourists may have second thoughts.

“The parents of the students would also think whether this place which they found is not so friendly, even hostile, whether this is the best place to send their kids here,” Cheng continued. “It is up to the people to decide. Maybe the ordinary people will say ‘Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef?’”

China has aggressively sought to squash criticism of its handling of the outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, and had success against weak European leaders that cowered to China’s demands. The New York Times reported last week:

Bowing to heavy pressure from Beijing, European Union officials softened their criticism of China this week in a report documenting how governments push disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents, emails and interviews.

Worried about the repercussions, European officials first delayed and then rewrote the document in ways that diluted the focus on China, a vital trading partner — taking a very different approach than the confrontational stance adopted by the Trump administration.

The Daily Wire reported on Sunday, “China has falsely claimed that the coronavirus came from the United States Army; tried to cover it up by silencing doctors and journalists who were trying to warn the world; told the world that there was not evidence the coronavirus could be transmitted person to person when they knew for a fact that it could; intentionally lied about how bad the outbreak was and tried to cover up deaths; and is allegedly continuing to withhold critical information about the outbreak.”

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Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: China Threatens Australia If It Pushes For Investigation Over Coronavirus, Report Says

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