April 23, 2020 / 7:57 AM / a month ago

China says Australia call for COVID-19 probe is political maneuvering

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that Australia’s call for an independent probe into the coronavirus epidemic was political maneuvering and said the country should end its ideological bias.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also told reporters during a briefing that China has no wildlife wet markets, responding to a question about U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s comments calling for China to close all wildlife wet markets in the country.

Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Toby Chopra

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