Former Labor MP Michael Danby says Australia cannot have easy relations with a system like China which “not only in the wet markets, but in all other areas, seems to be a rogue actor in the international system ”
Wuhan’s wet markets have been widely regarded as the source of the deadly virus, but Danby said that in China, there is “a bigger problem than wet markets.”
He pointed to the “two million Uighur Muslims in the concentration camps” and how Communist China has “militarized the South China Sea” as crucial issues in the Chinese system that hinder reasonable foreign relations.
Green panelist and senator Sarah Hanson Young told Sky News host Sharri Markson that she was “concerned about the call to ban wet markets in China”, fearing that this would lead to practice on the “black market”.
“The last thing we want to do is push this underground,” said Ms. Hanson Young.
In contrast, NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham said the Chinese government was supposed to close the wet markets after the SARS epidemic in 2002, and that if it did, “the world would not suffer the enormous economic and health damage ”caused by the coronavirus pandemic.