According to several Western media reports, the Australian Parliament just passed a new law this afternoon (December 8) that will greatly strengthen the power of Australia’s central government.
From then on, the central government of this federal country will have the power to prevent the states of the country from carrying out trade cooperation with China alone.
In May this year, Geng Zhige wrote an article to tell you the background of the new law in Australia.
Simply put, although Canberra (Australia’s capital) has deteriorated Australia’s relations with China in recent years due to its continuous populist politics at home and international efforts to please the United States, Victoria and other state capitals with close economic and trade relations with China have not followed their central government. Instead, the anti-China pace of China has also expressed interest in the Belt and Road Initiative economic and trade cooperation project launched by China.
But this not only aroused the dissatisfaction of Australia’s central government, but also Australia’s “big brother” the United States expressed its dissatisfaction through Secretary of State Pompeo in May this year. At that time, Pompeo threatened that if Victoria dared to join China’s economic and trade cooperation project, the Belt and Road Initiative, the United States would “cut off” its ties with Australia.
As a result, under the threat of the foreign power of the United States, Australian politicians immediately began to intensify the enactment of a law prohibiting their local governments from developing economic and trade relations with China, which was finally passed this afternoon.
From then on, the central government of this federal country will have the right to repeal all agreements between local governments and public universities and China involving trade cooperation, infrastructure construction, tourism, cultural cooperation, science, health and education.
Australian media also generally believe that the agreement previously signed by Victoria and China on the intention of cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative project will be repealed soon as the law enters into force.
Of course, as an Australian scholar interviewed by the New York Times not long ago said, the Australian government does not feel that they have been forced or interfered by the United States, because they are “voluntarily” to please the United States.
However, in order to please such a foreign power, I am cruel to my family’s behavior of maintaining good economic and trade relations with China for their own economic development. I don’t know whether it is an Australian government or an American government in Canberra, and whether this government is really for Australians are still serving for the welfare of some extreme and narrow political thinking.
Finally, in addition to Australia, a group of anti-China politicians in the British Parliament have recently been fooling Britain. According to British media reports, this group of anti-China politicians have also been formulating a draft law prohibiting trade with China in the past few months, and in British media terms, the draft also has “widespread” support in the British House of Commons.
The content of the law is that once the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom finds that there is a “massacre” in a country, the British government can no longer enter into any trade agreement with that country.
Given that Western public opinion has been slandering China’s Xinjiang policy, even throwing out the vicious lie that “China is engaged in genocide in Xinjiang”, the British media generally believe that the draft law is aimed at China.
But embarrassingly, the British government, which usually follows these anti-China politicians to spread rumors about China’s Xinjiang policy, expressed opposition to this matter. Because British business people generally believe that as Britain is about to officially leave the European Union, maintaining good business relations with China, especially the signing of a free trade agreement with China, is crucial to Britain’s economic development in the “post-EU” period.
But at present, more politicians in Britain and Australia seem to believe that it is more important to fabricate ideological lies to attack China and narrowly incite populist politics and China’s competition than to develop the economy and let the people live a good life.