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Australia PM calls for investigation into virus despite criticism from China

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has again called for an independent investigation into the coronavirus outbreak.

He said it was “entirely reasonable” that the world would want to understand how the pandemic had spread.

China’s ambassador to Australia has rejected calls for an independent review and suggested that China could boycott Australian products.

Also on Wednesday, China’s consul-general for Victoria and Tasmania was accused of gatecrashing a national press conference by Health Minister Greg Hunt.

Health Minister Greg Hunt and Zhou Long

The televised conference was to announce that billionaire Andrew Forrest had secured 10 million testing kits for Australia.

Forrest invited the consul-general Zhou Long to make a few remarks at the podium.

He was not introduced by the foreign minister and was not allowed to take questions.

According to local media, the foreign minister’s office and the prime minister’s office were not informed about his attendance at the conference.

Zhou then praised China’s efforts in tackling covid-19.

Forrest had earlier called for tensions between the two countries to ease.

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