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They must be kept content. Australia's wine exporters were already facing a drop in Chinese interest because of the pandemic, and many feared further declines during the diplomatic stoush. Robin Bromby - November 7, 2020. “My sense is that we can’t do so without having to bend the knee and act in a way that will be humiliating for the government. Australia and China have been locked in a war of words over the coronavirus pandemic. “The CCP’s strategic plan remains opaque, and deliberately so. How well do you remember the finer details of some of the year's biggest stories? Canberra can no longer sit on the fence between its long-term ally (Washington) and its economic lifeblood (Beijing), McGregor argues. Then in November, Beijing announced it would place tariffs of up to 200 per cent on all Australian wine imports, striking a massive blow to the $1.2 billion-a-year industry. A trade spat bubbling away for months between China and Australia is threatening to boil over with growing calls for the Government to consider action at the World Trade Organization. The result is a tangled web of conflicting interests. At least not on the surface. It is the first time Australia has taken legal action against China at the WTO over what commentators have dubbed “shadow trade war” between Beijing and Canberra. The power has risen.”. It came as Chinese spinning mills were warned not to use Australian cotton and Chinese regulators began probing Australian wine production. That leaves intimidation. The animosity brewing between Australia and China over coronavirus reached a fever pitch this week with both sides digging in - but tensions between the … “There is rising resentment among some Chinese to Xi’s rule, and the country faces enormous political, economic and social challenges,” Dr Feng argues. “Some ill-intentioned Australians have pinned the blame on the Chinese side by claiming that China’s control measures on some Australian exports are “economic coercion” and even accusing China of weaponising economic ties,” a Chinese Communist Party-controlled China Daily editorial declares. China is engaging in a "tongue war" against Australia, singling out and humiliating Australia as an example to other states. The Morrison Government seems to be betting that all it needs to do is hold its nerve and hold the line when it comes to China's trade threats, writes Stephen Dziedzic. As the old adage goes: "If you want peace, prepare for war." China is yet to impose the tariffs, saying it expects a report in the next 12 to 18 months. “It will also not accept the reality of a strong Australia fighting back against Chinese bullying and interference to safeguard its sovereignty, core values and institutional integrity,” says the UTS’ Feng. Picture: Pavel Golovkin/AFPSource:AFP. Australian companies Emerald Grain and CBH were also suspended from exporting grain to China, with local officials claiming to have found weed seeds in a consignment. Save. Defence Minister Marise Payne took to the world stage to call for a World Health Organisation investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Greg Baker/AFPSource:AFP, “Responsibility for causing this situation has nothing to do with China,” Zhao insisted in November. It started in April. “If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy.”. Not only must the Chinese people remain controlled by the Communist Party. China fired its first shots at Australia's export market back in May, by introducing a massive 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports. “Some commentators place store in our ability to redirect exports of wine and barley, and whatever else is affected by trade disputes, to other customers,” they write. Meanwhile, Australian winemakers are frantically seeking alternative markets – potentially leaving Chinese consumers to pay even more. “The effects on Australian gross domestic product and real disposable income per capita are big (6 per cent and 14 per cent), while those on China are mosquito bites by comparison (0.5 per cent and 2.4 per cent).”. Beijing’s “ruthlessness in asserting itself far and wide, by fair means and foul, means there will be no going back to the status quo,” La Trobe’s Walker argues. Dec 14, 2020 – 9.41pm . And it’s found Australia to be a reliable supplier of its base material – iron. But it’s a risk Beijing is prepared to take. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham denounced Beijing's 80 percent surcharge on Australian barley shipments as … growing calls for the Government to consider action at the World Trade Organization. Which may be why key Belt and Road projects, such as iron ore and bauxite deposits in Guinea, West Africa and Brazil, continue to be developed. Picture: Adam Taylor Adam Taylor/PMO.Source:Supplied, “We have conducted simulations of the effect of shutting down Australia-China trade,” economics analysts Professor Rod Tyers and lecturer Yixiao Zhou write in The Conversation. Then beef and coal. 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RELATED: Australia’s major China miscalculation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has openly criticised Australia. It’s building the world’s biggest navy. 897. Businesses and holidaymakers hit as border permits cause traffic jams and no-shows. To get you up to speed, here's a quick recap on how Beijing's trade policies have sent Australian exporters into a tailspin. “It seems to be just in that gap when the United States is distracted (and) debilitated to a certain extent by its response to politics and the pandemic.”, Experts say Canberra has been pinpointed by China to make an example of. “Needless to say, if a Chinese provincial party secretary signed an agreement with Australia which Beijing had not sanctioned, he or she would be sacked forthwith,” McGregor writes. This is where Beijing’s policies spill over. The Australian government has been warned that ministers in Beijing will not be answering phone calls from their Canberra counterparts unless Scott Morrison's government drops its "cold war mentality" and stops seeing China as a strategic threat.. Should we be on the brink of a China and Australia cold war? Picture: Sam Mooy/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images. In October, China's Customs agency said it would block timber imports from Queensland after finding a bark beetle in a shipment. “It’s very interesting that it’s happened after the US presidential election, but before President-Elect Biden takes office,” he told a radio interview in India. Image: AFP via Getty. In November, tonnes of live lobsters were left stranded at Chinese airports and clearance houses, waiting to be inspected by customs officials. China said its latest decision to ban timber exports from South Australia and Tasmania was to "prevent the pests entering China and to protect our country's forestry and ecological safety". If your media is overly critical, if your think-tanks produce negative reports, if your MPs persist in criticism, if you probe Communist party influence in your community and politics and if you don’t allow Chinese state and private companies into your market, and so on, you will be vulnerable to Beijing’s retribution as well.”. It has a market of 52 million regular drinkers, making it one of the most lucrative in the world. Take, for example, the Belt and Road Initiative agreement with Victoria. Sanctions were imposed, K-pop music was banned. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. Soon after, Australian produce such as barley, copper and sugar products began to be singled out. “The 14-point grievance list released by the Chinese embassy in late November tells us the issues over which Beijing is unhappy: foreign investment, 5G, anti-interference laws, independent media and noisy think tanks. It is a long-standing ally of the United States. “Wolf warrior diplomacy,” he says, is aimed at a domestic audience. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAPSource:AAP. Australia faces a stark choice in its economic showdown with China: Bend the knee, or else. For months, Chinese authorities kept almost $700 million worth of Australian coal held up at ports because of "environmental quality" problems. It wasn't the last time Chinese Customs would cause major delays to Australian exports. And, as Lowy Institute analyst Richard McGregor notes: “Beijing routinely directs attacks at its critics through its state-controlled media, regulates local think-tank output, screens foreign investment proposals and regulates the speech of Chinese officials.”. “Australia is certainly not engaging in any type of war,” Minister for Trade Senator Simon Birmingham insists. And that, in turn, could unsettle Mr Xi’s own populace. Australia’s economic interests, Walker warns, are being wedged out of the debate. 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An all-out trade war with China would cost Australia 6% of GDP November 30, 2020 2.17am EST Rod Tyers , University of Western Australia , Yixiao Zhou , Australian National University A looming trade war with China could cost jobs across Australia's primary industries, including meat and agriculture. There’s a simple explanation for why Australia has become Beijing’s “whipping boy” recently. China declares economic war on Australia. First, it was barley. Australia is heavily dependent on this one source of international cash flow. The Chinese Government has either placed … We have a major leverage point if the government is brave enough to step in and start making controls around price and supply.”, China needs Australia’s iron ore to continue with its huge building projects. Picture: Greg Baker/AFPSource:AFP. Crates of Australian rock lobsters have been left to rot at a Chinese airport, and mountains of coal have been stuck in Chinese ports. Last month, the Global Times — a Communist Party tabloid often used to send signals to other countries — confirmed what it called the "import suspension" in an English-language article. Minister Birmingham warned of China's possible "discriminatory screening practices" that could "imply a breach of WTO or CHAFTA [China–Australia Free Trade Agreement] commitments". Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Friday commented on the recent reports of Australian "war crimes", saying that he was shocked by the details disclosed in the investigation report and strongly condemned such violations of … China has blocked timber exports from two more Australian states, South Australia and Tasmania. The intention is to make nation-states think twice about similarly crossing Chairman Xi. But war is no longer unthinkable, and Australia is arming itself. Beijing seems unconcerned by these obvious implications. This leaves it economically exposed. China has taken umbrage into what it views as interference in domestic affairs and has fired back through a series of trade reprisals and threats. It came in the wake of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's calls for an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19. Beijing still needs steel. And that apparent leverage may not be real. The report was the first public confirmation from any Chinese government organisation of trade sanctions to damage Australia's economy. It knows few believe that. “Beijing’s crude use of trade sanctions to penalise Australia for real or imagined slights signifies that (any) trading relationship born of mutual benefit risks being subject to persistent, politically-motivated interference,” Walker warns. Australia’s barley exports to China had been worth around US$1 billion (RM4.06 billion) a year before a recent drought, used most notably used in brewing. It caused an immediate decline in ASX mining stocks, with one researcher in China calling the move "another implicit warning to Australia". Since then, several more Australian abattoirs have been banned from selling meat to China — the latest suspension came just this week, and estimations put the total loss to the industry at hundreds of millions of dollars. It is simply saying that gratuitous provocations should be avoided,” he says. What's going wrong with our trade with China? As ties between Beijing and Canberra further fray, Australia has said it is seeking partnerships with new markets, while continuing to raise concerns with China directly. On 25 May 2020, the Chinese Govt warned Australia against siding with the US in a trade war, saying "if Australia showed any support for the US, it would deliver the Australian economy a fatal blow" and "if Canberra supports Washington... it means Australia may feel more pain than the US." Australia-China trade war only 'wishful thinking', says former ambassador Geoff Raby. And Chairman Xi is urgently pursuing a policy of ‘military-civil fusion’, where industry is being geared to instantly respond to any demand from the People’s Liberation Army. Australian exporters and industry heads feared more sectors would be targeted in an escalating diplomatic stoush. Beijing is demanding respect. Which may be why China’s chief diplomat, Zhao Lijian, has accused Australia of “wrong thinking”. “These unrestrained attacks and repeated humiliations of Australia look bizarre, but they are engineered to suit a couple of specific purposes for the totalitarian regime in China: one domestic, the other global,” says associate professor in China Studies, Chongyi Feng. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Whatsapp Email Print. And Australian wine isn’t cheap. The fallout, they add, will cascade like a tsunami through the extensive support services built around Australia’s mining industry. By. “We hope the Australian side will admit to the real reason, look at China and China’s development objectively, earnestly handle our relations based on principles of mutual respect and equal treatment and do more to enhance mutual trust and co-operation.”. But the purpose of Beijing’s diplomatic mixed messaging remains mysterious, ASPI’s Jennings writes. China trade war: Beijing says Australian wine is cheap in latest insult. Did Australia and China try to call a truce? Surprise lobster checks at Chinese airports were the next upset to Australian exports. The move threatened Australia's $1.5 billion barley trade into China and led to West Australian farmers pausing their sowing mid-season. In May, Beijing whacked informal quotas on coal, just days after announcing new inspection rules for iron ore imports. “China is changing, transitioning from growth driven by the iron-ore hungry expansion of cities and manufacturing to growth driven more by the supply of services,” Dr Zhou and Professor Tyers argue. Research director for the Perth USAsia Centre Dr Jeff Wilson agrees: “A trade war requires two sides to exchange sanctions, this is more like a trade bashing.”. China bans Australian coal as trade war worsens. It’s the second most expensive available on the Chinese market. Have tourism and travel grown too big for our planet? Biosecurity claims against Australia's produce would continue to disrupt trade efforts. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. China-Australia trade war: Canberra is now Beijing’s whipping boy There’s a simple explanation for why Australia has become Beijing’s “whipping boy” recently. So how did we get here and what does it mean for the future of China and Australia's diplomatic relations? SHARES . China’s Shandong Gold Snares Australian Miner After Bidding War - State-owned company fends off last-minute challenge from an Emirati-Russian competitor to secure a 50% stake in Perth-based Cardinal Resources For that, it needs reliable supplies. “China is done with ‘biding its time’ … It may no longer be correct to describe China as a ‘rising power’. Australia is a mid-sized, open, and multicultural democracy. “Can we possibly make up with China?” Professor Blaxland asks. China is Australia's largest trading partner by far, ... billions of dollars in new imports from the United States as part of a phase one deal that followed a truce in the US-China trade war. “It is both ridiculous and in vain for those in Australia to dress up their country as a victim. From Xinjiang to the South China Sea to COVID-19, it stands against China, … “Again, this is not making a case for excusing China’s bad behaviour, or somehow suggesting the customer is always right. China has clearly set out to wage economic — and psychological — warfare against Australia. But this is a gross miscalculation that will likely bring about the opposite result.”. “We dismiss these perplexing allegations that somehow Australian wine is dumped onto the Chinese market or sold below market or cost rates,” Senator Birmingham said. “If China could have found a reliable and plentiful source of iron ore other than Australia, it would have made the switch by now,” ASPI’s Peter Jennings says. Picture: STR/AFPSource:AFP. Professor Blaxland says China is trying to teach the world a lesson, with Australia as its example. The move threatened Australia's $1.5 billion barley trade into China and led to West Australian farmers pausing their sowing mid-season. It’s all about the Communist Party cultivating nationalism through a more aggressive global stance. From land to airports, China's controlling interest in Australian resources is on the rise. $2 million worth of live rock lobsters ended up stranded on the tarmac in Shanghai, with China's Customs agency alleging the lobsters may be contaminated. As trade and political tensions simmer, speculation swirls about what's really going on between the two nations — and what's next on a Chinese sanctions "hit list". China’s hawkish Global Times newspaper has warned that Australia will pay an “unbearable price” if it sides with the United States in an economic “Cold War”. Australia's barley industry was just the first to be caught in the crossfire. It is also economically dependent on China – more so than many other nations. Canberra is, pursuing a “one-dimensional stand up to Chinese bullying” approach: “This is hardly a substitute for a carefully thought-through, well-articulated, tough-minded approach to managing a highly complex relationship in the national interest.”. China has slapped Australian winemakers with heavy tariffs, and banned or taxed exports of other products, including beef and barley. And it has had over three decades of uninterrupted prosperity, largely due to China’s economic rise. China bought $1.2 billion of Australian wine in 2019-20, equalling some 130 million litres. Join three of the ABC's China experts — international analyst Stan Grant, foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic and bilingual reporter Bang Xiao — on our Q&A live blog at 12:00pm AEDT today. Beijing claimed the tariffs were a result of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures against Australia, though Canberra and the grains industry have denied China's allegations that Australian farmers are heavily subsidised. by introducing a massive 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. China fired its first shots at Australia's export market back in May, by introducing a massive 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports. With rising tensions in the global geopolitical landscape, a tough China policy has been taking shape in Canberra, in particular as Beijing-Washington ties keep worsening given the trade war and the ensuing conflicts in almost all arenas. “Demand for exports like food, wine, timber, education and tourism comes from Chinese consumers,” Jennings adds. 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