Australian edition report 60 minutes on Sunday quoted an anonymous employee from a Chinese-owned property management company named Greenland who said the company bought “tons of gloves, masks, gowns, cleaners, and other important medical supplies” and sent them to China in January and February.
Other Chinese-owned companies in Australia, and throughout the world, are reported to encourage staff to stockpile as much medical equipment as possible so that the companies can deliver the materials to China in the last few days before the pandemic spreads around the world.
An anonymous Whistleblower from the Greenland company reported seeing some unusual activity for property management companies:
He told reporters 60 Minutes, Liz Hayes, he saw boxes of vital medical equipment being prepared to be sent to China in January and February this year.
“The meeting room, lunch room and council room, began to be filled with various types of items which were disassembled and repackaged and labeled,” he told 60 Minutes.
“That clearly raises my suspicion. What worries me is if all these medical items leave the country, what’s left for us? “
The man said company employees were asked to buy different medical items from shops and pharmacies, and that full-time employees were used in repackaging and repackaging the items.
“It is very disturbing that important equipment can only leave our borders in large commercial quantities,” he said.
60 Minutes of Australia received an email to Poly Developments and Holdings employees, another Chinese-supported company in Australia, instructing them to search for pharmacies throughout Sydney for medical masks and buy as much as possible. But another company in Sydney named Risland sent 90 tons of medical equipment to China in February.
As the report shows, Australia is now experiencing an acute shortage of supplies purchased and exported by China using its company ownership. Last week, the Australian government banned the export of non-commercial protective equipment, but Greenland’s reporter said it was too late because “the horse had sped” already.
“We could have had some kind of contingency plan for a situation like this,” he argued. “I think in times of crisis, we all have a responsibility to do something, and I feel I have to do something. It just doesn’t sit with me that this kind of thing can happen. I can’t just watch it and stay still. “
Greenland Group’s activities are note down by Sydney Morning Herald two weeks ago, maybe because of a tip from the same whistleblower. The company actually posted photos of sending medical supplies to China on social media, describing it as a humanitarian relief effort for the areas most severely affected at the “epicenter of the epidemic”.
That Herald The source said that for about two weeks, almost everyone in the company was involved in the procurement, purchase and delivery of supplies:
The entire account department, contract manager, human resources team, and even receptionist were sent on a mission to find a mass supply of surgical masks, thermometers, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizers, gloves, and Panadol.
“There are many requests from HR managers and even our direct reporting channels [which] prioritizing company assistance in gathering this supply over other work activities, “said the source. The entire account department was absent for days because they were out buying supplies, he said.
Greenland Group said they could buy 3 million masks, 700,000 hazmat suits, and 5,000 pairs of protective gloves from “Australia, Canada, Turkey and other countries.” The company has long been registered by Fate as one of the biggest in the world.
Immediately after that Sydney Morning Herald Report published, Australian Medical Association recommended the country to begin protecting its protective stockpile, warning that a painful shortage could soon occur.
In early April, the Australian government tightened export restrictions and banned efforts to hoard medical supplies. Offenders can be fined more than US $ 150,000.
“These steps have become important because we have seen a small number of individuals involved in mass purchases of important goods from retail outlets in Australia, with the intention of profiting from exploitative exports and price carving,” said one statement from the Minister of the Interior Peter Dutton. The statement did not explicitly mention exports to China, but it did widely interpreted in response to reports about Chinese companies buying Australian supplies.
“We have taken steps to protect Australia’s interests, to stop the export of illegitimate and improper things that we rely on for our health care and so on at this time,” trade minister Simon Birmingham the word in an interview, more emphasis on exports than “price carving.”
USA Today reported around the same time when US protective equipment exports to China “skyrocketed in January and February.”
Florida’s emergency management director, Jared Moskowitz said USA Today he had heard from medical supplier distributors that “foreign governments appeared with cash in these factories and crashed into everyone in the line with pending orders.”
On Sunday, medical equipment manufacturers be told White House that Beijing was “trying to corner the world market” by buying protective equipment while preventing American factories operating on Chinese soil, such as 3M and Honeywell, from sending their own products home. The White House is considering legal action against China in an international court, or pressing complaints at the United Nations.
“Data from China’s own customs agency shows efforts to corner the world market in PPE such as gloves, eyewear and masks through a massive increase in purchases – even when China, the world’s largest PPE producer, limits exports,” said a White House official to say. .
Michael Wessell of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said that the Chinese people began to relax their own export restrictions, but “they used it for soft power, basically saying it was a humanitarian movement to try to establish goodwill with the Americans, when some of the problems we face are a direct result of Chinese policy. “
Jenna Ellis, a senior legal advisor for the Trump 2020 campaign, is even more forthright in calling Chinese policy a “cold-blooded action, planned” equivalent to “first-degree murder.”
That Epoch Times on Monday reported that China repeated this behavior throughout the world in January and February, citing an article posted on the official website of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) which urged loyal Chinese people around the world to “continue to buy while sending back to China [medical supplies] and try your best to buy as much as possible. ”
The article saluted Chinese people living in the US, US and Australia, among other countries, for buying large quantities of protective equipment and sending it back to China. The CCP goes further by asking Chinese citizens to buy masks and dresses and put them in personal bags when traveling abroad. Chinese state media salutes Greenland Group, Risland, and other companies mentioned by 60 Minutes of Australia and Sydney Morning Herald to do their part.
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