China, New Zealand’s biggest trading partner, has promised not to punish NZ if it joins the investigation. Peters told Newshub Nation on Saturday it’s important to find out how the pandemic began, whether it angers China or not.
“It is illogical and irrational not to think a malignancy that has cost, and will cost millions of lives, has us so numb to reality that we don’t bother internationally to find out how it happened. How can we possibly look victims’ families in the face and say we didn’t care?”
He said calls for an international investigation into the US origins of the global financial crisis of 2008 were ignored, resulting in a decade of economic harm.
“Where’s the logic, the rationality or the sanity in having a massive loss of life… with devastation to the economies of the world, without stopping to say, ‘How did this happen?'”
China’s Ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, this week hinted tourism from China – the world’s most populous country – might reduce if Australia presses ahead with the inquiry.
“The Chinese public is frustrated, dismayed, and disappointed with what Australia is doing now,” Cheng told the Australian Financial Review.
“If the mood is going from bad to worse, people would think ‘why should we go to such a country that is not so friendly to China?’ The tourists may have second thoughts.”