Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming engaged in a fierce row with Sky News’ Mark Austin over coronavirus. Mr Austin questioned whether China would admit, currently, the globe is less trusting of the communist country due to their handling of the coronavirus crisis. Mr Liu insisted there was no cover-up and China came forward with information as soon as possible to the World Health Organisation.
Mr Austin also demanded an international enquiry into the origin of the virus to which the ambassador agreed to but at a later date.
Mr Liu also insisted that China was the victim in this crisis.
Mr Liu later erupted at the idea that Beijing played a role in silencing scientists and skewing data on coronavirus.
He insisted that it was not fair to claim the disease originated in China as it was an issue for the scientists.
He said: “It is not okay to say the virus originated in China, it is a matter of science.
“It is up to the scientists not for you, me or politicians.”
Mr Austin clarified that the important issue was that another global pandemic could not be allowed to happen again.
He added a key part of ensuring this was conducting a thorough investigation into the origin of the virus.
The Chinese ambassador claimed China had also been a victim of disinformation since the beginning of the crisis.
He said: “You can’t have this campaign of stigmatising, disinformation and smear against China.
“As some American politicians are doing.”
Mr Austin interrupted to insist China should let scientists in immediately to investigate.
Mr Liu sighed and closed by saying there was no doubt China was working with international scientists on coronavirus.