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“The message is clear. 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 From land to airports, China's controlling interest in Australian resources is on the rise. Australia Takes China To WTO As Trade War Deepens . Picture: Lukas Coch/AAPSource:AAP. RELATED: Australia’s major China miscalculation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has openly criticised Australia. Not only must the Chinese people remain controlled by the Communist Party. China trade war: Beijing says Australian wine is cheap in latest insult. China bought $1.2 billion of Australian wine in 2019-20, equalling some 130 million litres. Australia and China have been locked in a war of words over the coronavirus pandemic. The writing was on the wall by August, when China's Government launched two separate investigations into Australian wine — first looking at dumping and then subsidy allegations. “But when those fluctuations occur, China seems to play them very cleverly, to get the most benefit out of them by making it look like it’s a punishment.”, China's President Xi Jinping knows he needs certain imports to keep China afloat. Picture: STR/AFPSource:AFP. It started in April. And that apparent leverage may not be real. Yesterday, Republican senator Rick Scott urged Australia to join forces with the US against China, saying the Chinese government “wants world domination”. For months, Chinese authorities kept almost $700 million worth of Australian coal held up at ports because of "environmental quality" problems. Put simply, it happily restricts trade, prevents foreign investment or ownership, criticises its neighbours and meddles in the affairs of others. 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. The report was the first public confirmation from any Chinese government organisation of trade sanctions to damage Australia's economy. “Beijing is flexing its muscles to ensure the submission of Australia and break up an Australia-US alliance based on national interests and shared values. 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. To get you up to speed, here's a quick recap on how Beijing's trade policies have sent Australian exporters into a tailspin. Save. Don't have an account? Not much of the trade war makes sense. Robin Bromby - November 7, 2020. And Professor Blaxland argues Beijing may be turning economic reality to diplomatic advantage. “At least for iron ore, however, there are few other customers at current volumes. $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. Professor Blaxland says China is trying to teach the world a lesson, with Australia as its example. “So the drop off in demand for barley, the drop off in demand for wine, or coal, all these things … in China, it’s hard to know exactly the state of the market. “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).”. 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. And it’s found Australia to be a reliable supplier of its base material – iron. “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. “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. China is yet to impose the tariffs, saying it expects a report in the next 12 to 18 months. It’s the second most expensive available on the Chinese market. “The CCP’s strategic plan remains opaque, and deliberately so. “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. Australia is being made an example of. That leaves intimidation. It is simply saying that gratuitous provocations should be avoided,” he says. “Again, this is not making a case for excusing China’s bad behaviour, or somehow suggesting the customer is always right. Just two days after the hefty barley tariffs came into play, China banned four Australian abattoirs — three in Queensland and one in New South Wales — from selling it beef. Australia faces a stark choice in its economic showdown with China: Bend the knee, or else. Take, for example, the Belt and Road Initiative agreement with Victoria. The move threatened Australia's $1.5 billion barley trade into China and led to West Australian farmers pausing their sowing mid-season. The power has risen.”. “In short, Beijing can attack Canberra without facing many repercussions – and set an example for the rest of the world.”, RELATED: China’s staggering Australia claim, Tensions have risen between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Chinese President Xi Jinping, seen here in 2019. The animosity brewing between Australia and China over coronavirus reached a fever pitch this week with both sides digging in - but tensions between the … Beijing is demanding respect. As China’s trade war with Australia shows, New Zealand must be careful to balance its own economic priorities December 14, 2020 9.37pm EST New … 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. China bans Australian coal as trade war worsens. 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 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. 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. International affairs and trade analysts are scrambling to understand Beijing’s hostility and anticipate its next move. 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. 897. But Walker argues Canberra must avoid acts that “needlessly antagonise” our biggest customer. The intention is to make nation-states think twice about similarly crossing Chairman Xi. 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In May, Beijing whacked informal quotas on coal, just days after announcing new inspection rules for iron ore imports. 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." Xi Jinping and Scott Morrison. 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. They must be kept content. Should we be on the brink of a China and Australia cold war? China has blocked timber exports from two more Australian states, South Australia and Tasmania. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham denounced Beijing's 80 percent surcharge on Australian barley shipments as … “China is done with ‘biding its time’ … It may no longer be correct to describe China as a ‘rising power’. The African deposits “will eventually offer higher quality ore than Australia from a region China may regard as more friendly,” Dr Zhou and Professor Tyers write. But this is a gross miscalculation that will likely bring about the opposite result.”. And that is politically not marketable, not palatable, for the government to do.”, Jamie Seidel is a freelance writer | @JamieSeidel, To join the conversation, please Log in. “Australia is certainly not engaging in any type of war,” Minister for Trade Senator Simon Birmingham insists. “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. But the purpose of Beijing’s diplomatic mixed messaging remains mysterious, ASPI’s Jennings writes. The result is a tangled web of conflicting interests. “Demand for exports like food, wine, timber, education and tourism comes from Chinese consumers,” Jennings adds. This suggests a decline in export prices and in Australia’s terms of trade.”. “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. Sanctions were imposed, K-pop music was banned. China consumes some 40 per cent of Australia’s exports in a two-way exchange worth roughly $240 billion each year. It came in the wake of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's calls for an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19. So how did we get here and what does it mean for the future of China and Australia's diplomatic relations? 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. 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