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Shooting ourselves in the boot again over China

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated July 1 2021 - 5:16pm, first published May 22 2020 - 2:32am
US President Donald Trump initially praised China's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak - before reversing course as US cases soared. Picture: Shutterstock

The announcement of the international inquiry to be conducted into international management of the COVID-19 pandemic did not achieve any of the particular purposes initially said to justify Australia's putting its head above the parapets and attracting China's ire for doing so. That's no matter how much domestic spin doctors and a fairly tame media are dressing up the result as a diplomatic triumph showcasing Australian stateswomanship.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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