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Renewal variables in China-Australia relations: Australia has just introduced an important bill, imposing restrictions on friendship with China

Renewal variables in China-Australia relations: Australia has just introduced an important bill, imposing restrictions on friendship with China

In recent times, as China’s countermeasures against Australia have been strengthened, the beaten Australian Prime Minister Morrison has begun to change his words and seek peace. But in fact, Australia did not really recognize the nature of the problem and continued to go further and further down the wrong path.

According to a report by the Global Times on December 8, the Australian Parliament has just passed the “Australian Foreign Relations Act”. The law nominally supervises the trade cooperation between states and territories and other countries to ensure that these trade cooperation are consistent with Australia’s overall foreign policy. , Will not have a negative impact on Australia’s diplomatic relations. But a discerning person knows at a glance that this is for China again!

In October 2018, Victoria, which has close economic and trade relations with China, crossed the Australian government and reached an agreement with China on the “Belt and Road” initiative. When China-Australia relations were at a deadlock, a state in Turkmenistan, in order to seek a closer economic relationship with China, directly ignored the Australian government. 

Even the states under the leadership are not allowed to follow the national policy, which makes the Australian government feel so embarrassed! What makes Australia’s anti-Huawei politicians even more frustrated is that Victoria has set a “bad example”. More and more states are considering keeping up with the “Chinese style” set off by Victoria and joining the “Belt and Road” initiative. Among the big family.

The front was desperately anti-China, but the backyard was lost. The Australian government is very annoyed by Victoria’s accession to the “Belt and Road” agreement, but the United States is even more annoyed. 

In May of this year, US Secretary of State Pompeo personally stepped down, threatening Australia that if Victoria dared to join China’s economic and trade cooperation projects such as the “Belt and Road” initiative, the United States would “cut off” ties with Australia. 

What is the relationship between the state governments of China and Australia to carry out the “Belt and Road” cooperation with the United States? The United States is blatantly interfering in Australia’s internal affairs! But in the face of Pompeo’s arrogant face, the knees of Australian politicians who have been discrediting “Chinese penetration” and opposing the so-called “foreign interference” immediately weakened.

According to the “Australian Foreign Relations Act”, if any agreement signed by a state, parliament or institution in Australia and a foreign government is found to “have an adverse effect on Australia’s diplomatic relations” or “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy”, The Minister of Foreign Affairs can directly veto the agreement. 

In other words, this law directly blocked Victoria’s accession to the “Belt and Road” agreement. The passage of this law also indicates that Australian Foreign Minister Payne’s “mandatory veto order” is already on the way.

The whole body of this law is full of anti-China genes, which has made the already devastated Sino-Australian relationship worse. It can be said that China has no illusions about Australia. Since there is a fight, don’t blame China for not showing mercy. 

From beef, barley, wine, cotton, lobster, coal…On December 7, the General Administration of Customs of China announced that it would suspend the import of beef from Australia’s Meramist Company. This is also the fourth beef export company to be banned in Australia.

The formulation of this Australian law will not only affect the present, but will also continue to have a negative effect on China-Australia relations in the future. 

If the Morrison government reforms, or is ousted by angry Australians, even if the new government wants to repair Sino-Australian relations, it will be difficult because of the existence of anti-China politicians.

On the one hand, those anti-Chinese politicians in the Australian political arena will use this law from time to time to challenge the Australian government to interrupt economic and trade relations with China; on the other hand, because of the instability of the Australian government, coupled with the fact that there is such a “blocking tiger”. The new laws will inevitably make Chinese investors doubts about the Australian market.

Although China’s attitude is already on the table, the Australian government has obviously not realized that the crisis is coming, and thought that a few soft words would win China’s understanding. 

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