It’s getting ugly. Something is obviously wrong with Chinas numbers. And that reeks. The reaction of Chinas officials confirms many suspicions. But the US and the upcoming election cycle cannot afford to let this one slip. And once the US stops sending money China’s way, China won’t be able to buy so much stuff from Australia anyhow. It’s an uncomfortable bed China lies in now. Threats won’t make it better.
Australia has asked the Chinese ambassador to explain his "threats of economic coercion" in response to Canberra's push for an international inquiry into the source and spread of the coronavirus.