Tim Blair responds to Chinese criticism of the Australian Daily Telegraph’s reporting:
The Daily Telegraph this week received a letter from the Australian Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, who took gentle issue with our excellent coverage of the coronavirus crisis.
Following is a point-by-point response to the Consulate General and Chinaâ€™s communist dictatorship:
Recently the Daily Telegraph has published a number of reports and opinions about Chinaâ€™s response to COVID-19 that are full of ignorance, prejudice and arrogance.
If a state-owned newspaper in China received this kind of complaint, subsequent days would involve journalists waking up in prison with their organs harvested.
Tracing the origin of the virus is a scientific issue that requires professional, science-based assessment.
Sure it does. How professional and science-based was the claim published on March 12 by Chinaâ€™s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian that â€œit might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhanâ€?
The origin of the virus is still undetermined, and the World Health Organization has named the novel coronavirus â€œCOVID-19â€.
The World Health Organisation also appointed Zimbabwean murderer Robert Mugabe as its Goodwill Ambassador and declared on March 2 that the â€œstigmaâ€ of the coronavirus â€œis more dangerous than the virus itselfâ€.
The World Health Organisation does a lot of stupid stuff.
So what is the real motive behind your attempt to repeatedly link the virus to China and even stating that the novel coronavirus was â€œmade in Chinaâ€?
Our motive is accuracy. Thatâ€™s why we donâ€™t link the virus to Bognor Regis or state that it was â€œmade in Panamaâ€.
The people of Wuhan made a huge effort and personal sacrifice to stop the spread of the epidemic.
Wuhanâ€™s Dr Li Wenliang indeed made a huge effort to warn people about the coronavirus outbreak. Then, as the New York Times reported: â€œIn early January, he was called in by both medical officials and the police, and forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.â€
And now heâ€™s dead, so thatâ€™s â€œpersonal sacrificeâ€ covered as well.