United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said during a press briefing on May 20 that the US stands with Australia and over 120 nations calling for an investigation on the origin of COVID-19 virus.
He said that that the Chinese Communist Party chose to threaten Australia with economic retribution for the simple act of asking for an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus.
“It’s not right. We stand with Australia and the more than 120 nations now who have taken up the American call for an inquiry into the origins of the virus, so we can understand what went wrong and save lives now, and in the future,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo noted that “we greatly underestimated the degree to which Beijing is ideologically and politically hostile to free nations. The whole world is waking up to that fact.”
The US Secretary of State also said that “Chinese Communist Party’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan have accelerated our more realistic understanding of communist China.”
“The Party chose to destroy live virus samples instead of sharing them or asking us to help secure them,” Pompeo said.
“The People’s Liberation Army has claimed more features in the South China Sea’s international waters, sank a Vietnamese fishing boat, threatened a Malaysian energy prospector, and declared a unilateral fishing ban. The United States condemns these unlawful acts,” he added.
“The Chinese Communist Party also chose to pressure the World Health Organization’s director-general into excluding Taiwan from this week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva,” he added.