Geopolitics

The US and UK stand shoulder to shoulder with Australia amid the bitter Chinese trade spit

Chinese state-owned media company Global Times has published a number of damn articles targeting Australia in the past few days. One of the most recent stories was directed at Australian politician Pauline Hanson, who urged Australians to boycott Chinese goods over the Christmas season.

In social media posts, Ms. Hanson proposed a boycott “in response to China’s recent economic attacks” against the country.

Beijing recently introduced import tariffs of 200 percent on Australian wine imports, adding to the cost of trade with Australia’s largest trading partner.

In an article published Tuesday, the Global Times suggested Ms. Hanson, claiming that her politicians were pursuing “the most extreme anti-China policies in the western world”.

She also accused China of “acting as the US henchman”.

It adds: “We want to tell Australian politicians like Hanson that they have overestimated Australia’s importance to China and have confused the fact that Australia is leaving China more strongly in its win-win cooperation.

“At some point you will pay a price to take over the US side and demand kindness with ingratitude towards China.”

READ: China Beats Australia With A Stunning 200% Tax On Wine Exports As Trade War Erupts

A spokesman for British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab made a very similar comment.

You told The Guardian that Mr. Raab “made it clear that we will always stand hand in hand with Australia to ensure that we protect our most important interests and values”.

Besides wine import increases, other trade actions initiated by China have affected imports of Australian barley, coal and copper.

Beijing claims the measures have to do with anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations.

Such measures are imposed when the importing nation believes that a product is being sold to it below the fair market price.

The concern is that this would affect local businesses in the importing country, as buyers there can get products from abroad much cheaper, and anti-dumping measures are aimed at preventing this by increasing import prices.

The import duties stem from other tensions between the two countries affecting issues like the coronavirus pandemic and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

In April of this year, the Australian government called for an independent investigation into the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Australia has also joined dozens of countries around the world in calling for an investigation into widespread human rights abuses by Uighur Muslims reported by China, including a network of “re-education camps”.

Australia has also joined the US to deny China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.

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