100 Countries Back Resolution Calling For Full Inquiry Into China’s Coronavirus Handling

(PoliticalLookout.com)- The United States is alone no more.
Roughly 100 countries have backed a resolution at the World Health Assembly that calls for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic. While the language doesn’t directly attack China, the resolution comes after Australia has aggressively pushed for an inquiry into the Communist country’s handling of the virus.
The resolution, which was drafted by the European Union, calls for an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of “the (WHO)-coordinated international health response to COVID-19.”
Australia has previously called for a direct probe into China’s responsibility and role in allowing the coronavirus become a worldwide pandemic. The resolution didn’t directly attack China, using softer wording that could have been necessary to get more WHO members to sign on. And that may have proved wise, as even typical China allies such as Russia have signed the resolution.
Even though the language wasn’t very strong, sources in the Australian government told the country’s public broadcasting station it was sufficiently strong to “ensure that a proper and thorough investigation took place.”
In the past, China has insisted that it would only be open to an investigation that is held by the WHO. That’s probably not surprising, considering there have been claims by some countries, including the U.S., that China holds a lot of influence over WHO officials.
Last week, Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to the UK, said:
“We’re open. We are transparent. We have nothing to hide. We have nothing to fear. We welcome an international, independent review, but it has to be organized by the WHO.”
But now, as 100 countries have signed the resolution pushing for a full, independent inquiry into the coronavirus, China may no longer have a choice in who conducts the inquiry, and to what depths it goes into. Chinese officials may already be recognizing that’s the case, too.
On Monday, Zhao Lijan, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the country rejects the “unilateral interpretation” of the resolution, believing the focus should continue to remain on containing COVID-19. He also said most member states of the WHO don’t believe it’s an appropriate time to do an investigation because the pandemic isn’t under control.
China said it supports the resolution, though, but they insist the draft resolution “is a totally different thing from what’s been called an independent international inquiry.”
At a Monday press briefing, Zhao said:
“As the virus continues to spread across the world, passage of this resolution is aimed at supporting the key leadership role of the World Health Organization and focusing on international cooperation.”
The United States and President Donald Trump have been saying for months now that China is to blame for the coronavirus reaching worldwide pandemic levels. The U.S. has called for a full inquiry into it, and has even halted funding to the WHO because it believes the organization has too close of ties to China.
For its part, China has constantly fought back against this, saying the U.S. is lying. Recently, Zhao commented specifically about Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, saying:
“This U.S. politician has been spreading all kinds of lies for some time. Responding to his lies is a waste of everyone’s time.”