US says it will ‘always have Australia’s back’ after Chinese ambassador threatened to boycott Aussie products due to pressure on coronavirus investigation
- The bipartisan group of US Congressmen sent a letter of support to Australia
- The letter promises support for Morrison’s efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19
- US lawmakers have condemned China’s economic threats to Australia
- US lawmakers said the US will “always stay with our Australian partners”
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Members from all sides of the United States Congress have sent a letter to the Australian ambassador outlining their support for Scott Morrison’s support for an independent international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
Bipartisanism in American politics is rare in any subject, but when it comes to relations with Australia, both Republicans and Democrats say the US will “always have Australia’s back.”
“Since Australia, along with the rest of the world, is dealing with the terrible human and economic consequences of COVID-19, we are writing to confirm our strong support for the US-Australia alliance,” said the letter to Arthur Sinodinos.
“For more than a century, our nations have stood side by side during moments of great danger. The current crisis is no different. ‘
US President Donald Trump (left) is depicted with the United States Ambassador to Australia, Arthur Sinodinos (right) at the Oval Office of the White House
The letter of support comes when tensions between Australia and China have reached boiling point.
About two weeks ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison upset the Chinese Communist Party by suggesting that an independent investigation into the origins of the corona virus should be conducted.
With the pandemic infecting over 4 million people around the world and killing over 280,000, Mr. Morrison said now is the time to “ make an independent assessment of how all this happened so we can learn the lessons and can prevent it from happening again ‘.
But the suggestion that independent investigators should have access to the city of Wuhan where the pandemic started was not well received by China’s authoritarian regime accused of trying to cover up the outbreak.
Immediately after these comments, the Chinese ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, told the Australian Financial Review. Australian producers would face a setback if such an investigation were to take place and threatened that Australian beef and wine for Chinese consumers would disappear from the menu.
China’s ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye recently threatened Australian producers after Scott Morrison said there should be an independent investigation into the origin of the corona virus in Wuhan
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) is pictured on September 22, 2019 with U.S. President Donald Trump (right) in the U.S. state of Ohio
Members of the United States Congress raised the threats in their letter to Mr. Sinodinos.
“This incident is part of a broader and worrying pattern of the Chinese government,” the letter said.
“As we continue to confront this deadly disease and its consequences, we will face many difficult decisions, including those that may arise from the Chinese government’s continued lack of cooperation and transparency.
“A decision that is not difficult is always to stick with our Australian partners.
“No matter the external pressure or coercion, we will always have Australia’s back, just as Australia has always had ours.”
But not everyone agrees with Mr. Morrison’s approach to pursuing an independent investigation.
“It was an announcement that was made without including the support of other countries,” Australian Labor Party senator Penny Wong told ABC News.
“I think the government has not explained its position very well. I think since the Secretary of State announced it, she has only done one interview. That does not explain the Australians exactly.
“We need to think about the relationship between China in 30 years, not three. Unfortunately, from the Morrison government, there is a little too much of a reflex to short-term domestic politics about this relationship. ‘
Bipartisanism in US politics is rare in any subject, but when it comes to relations with Australia, both Republicans and Democrats say the US will “always have Australia’s support”
The letter of support was signed by members of the United States Congress on all sides of politics