Europe / Western countries

Chinese-backed company’s mission to source Australian medical supplies

As the coronavirus took hold in Wuhan earlier this year, staff from the Chinese government-backed global property giant Greenland Group were instructed to put their normal work on hold and source bulk supplies of essential medical items to ship back to China.

A whistleblower from the company has told the Herald it was a worldwide Greenland effort – and the Sydney office was no different, sourcing bulk supplies of surgical masks, thermometers, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitisers, gloves and Panadol for shipping.

The company even posted its efforts of packing pallets in the company’s Sydney headquarters on social media.

Second developer flew 82 tonnes of medical supplies to China

https://www.smh.com.au/national/second-developer-flies-82-tonnes-of-medical-supplies-to-china-20200326-p54e8n.html

Warning ‘predatory’ Chinese companies could buy up Australian businesses crippled by the coronavirus economic collapse

  • Foreign Investment Review Board particularly worried about Chinese takeovers
  • Liberal MP Andrew Hastie said China eyeing aviation freight firms, supply chains
  • Professor Clive Hamilton said Chinese state-owned firms were particular threat 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8158793/Federal-Liberal-MP-Andrew-Hastie-calls-Foreign-Investment-wary-Chinese-takeovers.html?ito=1490

Coronavirus Australia: Flight 321 from Guangzhou first brought coronavirus to Australia

Coronavirus landed in Australia on flight 321 from Guangzhou and spread due to a series of “stupid” mistakes that could see Australia end up like Italy, experts have warned.

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/coronavirus-australia-flight-321-from-guangzhou-first-brought-coronavirus-to-australia/news-story/4c3722c2d7a3748025a055b8979ec055

‘Astonishing breach of faith’: Private hospital company stands down 800 staff

https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-healthe-care-private-hospital-company-stands-down-800-staff/69040a83-b020-4b47-a543-24e2348788d4

Coronavirus Australia: Jail for people sending face masks, sanitiser to China

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people sending Australian supplies of face masks or hand sanitiser to China will be jailed for up to five years.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-australia-jail-for-people-sending-face-masks-sanitiser-to-china/news-story/b6b166732670eca9a42385158104a323

Taiwan to ship Australia 3 tons of fabric to make face masks

Australia will provide 1 million liters of alcohol for disinfectant, Taiwan to send 3 metric tons of mask fabric

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3907578

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