The Morrison government has been accused of “burning bridges” with China and political collusion with the United States.
In its latest editorial, the Chinese state publication China daily attacked Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government and said damaged relations between the two countries were Canberra’s fault.
“The Scott Morrison administration still intends to maintain its wrong course”, the editorial said.
At a time when the economy is rocked by prolonged lockdowns, Australia cannot afford to have bad relations with its biggest trading partner, he suggested.
“Given … the Australian economy is shrinking … due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia will burn its ships and bridges if its administration continues to upset China.
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The article was published just hours after Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warned local businesses to prepare for more trade stunts from China.
“Increased strategic competition is the new reality we are facing,” Frydenberg said at a press conference. forum on monday. âNow and probably in the future. Our task is to prepare and manage this competition.
Corn China daily asserted that Frydenberg’s remarks are to be understood as a “strategic miscalculation” of Australia, which is a “blind follower of the United States”.
The United States and China have grown increasingly suspicious of each other as the Asian superpower expands its economy and deploys its military might, and America’s once dominant position on the world stage is restored. in question.
China has made it clear that it perceives Australia as “taking sides” politically with the United States.
“The Morrison administration should stop playing jackal tiger as the United States attempts to harm China’s fundamental interests and interfere in China’s internal affairs,” the editorial said.
Fydenberg’s fears are unfounded, he said, noting that Australian exports to China had reached new highs.
Indeed, China imported $ 39 billion worth of iron ore in August, according to Bloomberg, which is a record.
Corn China daily accused the Morrison government of having “imaginary fears of China … scare it of its shadows.”
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In a direct attack on the prime minister, the article claimed that Australia had “wholeheartedly followed the United States in its political game against China” since Morrison took office in 2018.
China daily claimed that Australia now had ‘coin[ed] in an extremely uncomfortable position âandâ undermines political relations with its biggest trading partner âwithout any alternative.
China is by far Australia’s largest trading partner and accounts for almost a third of total overseas exports.
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Chinese-owned English publications China daily and World time are widely regarded as spokespersons for the Chinese government and regularly publish provocative editorials criticizing other countries.
Both publications have stepped up attacks on Canberra in recent months since relations between Australia and China turned freezing after Huawei was banned from rolling out 5G in Australia and Canberra led the campaign for an independent investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
Beijing has dealt a trade blow to some Australian export industries by imposing sanctions on items like barley, wine, copper, coal, lobster, etc.