A senior Chinese diplomat has delivered a speech claiming it was not “fair” for Australian politicians to claim the coronavirus originated in Wuhan.

In response to a question about allegations China has been involved in “economic coercion” against Australia, Chinese Embassy Representative Wang Xining said politicians were trying to “shirk responsibility” for outbreaks in Australia by blaming China for the killer coronavirus.

He lashed out at Australia for calling for an independent review into the virus because “we believe this proposal was targeted against China alone”.

“During that time Australian ministers claimed that the virus originated from Wuhan, China, they did not point to add — any other places as a source. We were singled out, we don’t think it is fair.

“We believe the most authoritative and Institute is WHO, and it was criticised by Australian politicians.

“And there was blame on China for their failure to control the spread of the disease, and the sharp rise in cases, and try to shirk responsibility.”

China covered up evidence of coronavirus outbreaks in the early days of the crisis resulting in significantly more deaths and infections across the globe.

It supplied false figures to the WHO which delayed the declaration of a global pandemic and calls for travel bans.

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