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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Remarks
on the Question of an Australian Journalist

2020-04-21

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on April 20, a journalist of Australian Broadcasting Corporation asked: The Australian Foreign Ministry Marise Payne has called for an investigative mechanism and inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus and the global response including here in China. She also said her level of concern about transparency in China is at a high point. Does the foreign ministry have any comment?

Geng Shuang: Australian Foreign Minister Payne's remarks are not based on facts. China is seriously concerned about and firmly opposed to this.

Since the outbreak began, China has always acted in an open, transparent and responsible manner and taken a series of resolute, timely and forceful measures. It lost no time in reporting the outbreak to WHO, shared the genome sequence of the virus with other countries, and carried out international cooperation on epidemic prevention and control among experts of different countries, which has won plaudits from the international community. Any doubt about China's transparency is not only inconsistent with the facts, but also disrespectful of the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of the Chinese people.

The Chinese side has repeatedly stressed that the issue of the origin of the novel coronavirus is a serious question of science that should be studied by scientists and medical experts. We hope that the Australian side can treat this issue in an objective, scientific and scrupulous manner. I stated China's position on this while answering the question from CNN.

We hope that Australia will do more things to deepen China-Australia relations, enhance mutual trust and help epidemic prevention and control in both countries, rather than dancing to the tune of a certain country to hype up the situation.

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