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Australia No joke, China, this is a triumph of Australia's middle-power diplomacy

06:01  20 may  2020
06:01  20 may  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - China derided as “a joke ” on Tuesday an Australian assertion that a resolution at the World Health Assembly (WHA) for an enquiry into the novel coronavirus was a vindication of its push for a global review, another sign of worsening relations. In an unusually blunt statement on the

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China's President Xi Jinping. © NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images China's President Xi Jinping. A full consensus of the World Health Assembly member states has supported a motion calling for an inquiry into the coronavirus. The call for an independent inquiry was initiated by Australia's Morrison government in the wake of growing anger to the global pandemic response.

With China backed into supporting the inquiry late on Tuesday night, Australian time, frustrations have come to surface through its embassy in Canberra, which called Australia's claim of vindication a joke. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, similarly sought to play down the inquiry.

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But Australia's successful pursuit for an inquiry is a victory for middle-power diplomacy in a time of growing tensions, defined by the actions superpowers. The inquiry is one of the first of many likely flash points that will play out on the world stage.

The motion demands that the World Health Organisation conduct "at the earliest appropriate moment" an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global pandemic. Beijing vehemently opposed initial calls for any inquiry. For Australia, the pursuit for an investigation has come at the cost of the Canberra-Beijing relationship, with a litany of trade-related threats and repercussions now coming from Beijing.

Beijing's opaque reporting of the COVID-19 outbreak evolved into propagating misinformation and then further escalated into threatening diplomatic and economic repercussions to countries that dared to challenge it. Many countries have now had tensions boil over, including the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany.

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Many countries that signalled early support for the inquiry have been China's strategic allies and have until recently frequently aligned with China in international forums. The early endorsement of countries such as the full African Group reveals the scale of the backlash China is facing. Among the 54 nations supporting the inquiry are many that have been significant beneficiaries of Chinese investment, particularly through the Belt and Road Initiative.

Amid growing pressure, President Xi Jinping addressed the assembly on Monday night, speaking in favour of an inquiry. Xi utilised the opportunity to portray China as a constructive member of the international community and went on to pledge financial support to developing countries. He also placed emphasis on China's support to Africa, a not-so-subtle overture to the many countries in which it has heavily invested.

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China has honed its diplomatic statecraft over the past decades, becoming more adept at massaging international institutions to support and legitimise its actions. China capitalised on the dearth of leadership created by the withdrawal of the United States from these international institutions. Four of the 15 United Nations specialised bodies are headed by China - despite the fact it is more common for a single country to account for no more than one. As its influence grows, China has become increasingly bold.

This was on display at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York last year, when two duelling non-binding statements laid bare China's growing diplomatic clout. A British-led statement, supported by 23 countries, critiqued China's human rights record in light of growing evidence of the mass imprisonment of ethnic Uyghur and Turkic minorities in Xinjiang. However, a Belarussian counter-statement praising China's "remarkable achievements in the field of human rights" was backed by 54 nations.

The Belarussian statement brought together a wide range of countries that are increasingly benefit from maintaining a carefully managed relationship with China. It was supported by countries including Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Serbia and Russia. However, these countries, and many more, have now found themselves veering from China's orbit as result the mismanagement of the pandemic.

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Most of the Chinese eyed the shaggy-haired American with suspicion, but Zhuang Zedong, the team’ s greatest player, stepped forward to shake Cowan’ s hand and speak to him through an interpreter. “I had never expected that the China initiative would come to fruition in the form of a ping-pong team.”

An early backer of the inquiry into the pandemic included Saudi Arabia, which has been conspicuously quiet on the oppression of Muslim Uyghurs and maintained a careful relationship with Beijing.

The growing global divisions and the eroding influence of multilateral institutions had been well under way before the pandemic. Historian Patrick Wyman told The New York Times that "crises like these reveal what is already broken or in the process of breaking".

The global bifurcation playing out in trade, technology and manufacturing will continue. However, in the face of relentless pressure from Beijing, Australia has set an example of effective global leadership from a middle power in testing times.

The Morrison government, and particularly Foreign Minister Marise Payne and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are right to celebrate the global support of the motion as a win for the international community and Australia.

Philip Citowicki was an adviser to former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and a former political aide to Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

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