Facts of Tiongkok-Australian Relations – The news about the relationship between Australia and China has been heard for a long time, but the news about the relationship between the two countries is not good news but bad news for this country’s relations.
Australia and China relations have deteriorated over the past year, after Australia insisted on launching an investigation to find out the origin of the coronavirus (COVID-19) even though China has made clear the possible origin of the outbreak which has infected tens of millions of people.
However, the Chinese government recently issued comments which gave hope that relations between the two countries could be improved.
In a talk with former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that a deterioration in China’s relations with Australia is not something his country wants to see. He also made it clear that he wanted the relationship to get back on track as quickly as possible.
“If Australia sees China as a threat, then repairing this relationship will be difficult,” said Wang. “If Australia sees China not as a threat, but as a partner, then for the problems between us there is a better chance of finding a solution. So I’ll leave it up. to Australia. ”
“We hope that the relationship can get back on the right track as soon as possible and we will welcome the efforts of all those who want the relationship to improve to make some efforts,” he said.
1. The cause of deteriorating relations between the two countries
Australia’s relations with China have started to deteriorate since mid-2017.But many argue that relations between the two countries have deteriorated after Australia called for its desire to carry out an independent investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
At that time the Chinese government had mentioned that the origin of the corona virus might have come from a wild animal sold at a market in the city of Wuhan. But Australia still feels an independent investigation needs to be carried out and invites world countries to join in. The move has angered President Xi Jinping’s government.
After that, China launched a series of attacks on the various sectors that support the Australian economy, from agriculture to tourism to education.
2. Chinese attack
Since Australia called for its desire to carry out an independent investigation in early 2020, China has implemented a series of measures to ‘punish’ Australia. One way is to impose tariffs on a number of Australian exports. Some of the products affected include wheat, grapes, cotton, wood, red meat, coal and lobster.
3. Education and tourism are affected by the sap
Apart from targeting Australian merchandise, China has also banned its citizens from traveling to Australia last year. Apart from that, Chinese students have also been told to consider other countries as their educational destination amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
4. Australian statement
From the Australian side, the country’s government has repeatedly stated that it has invited China to discuss and make peace, but China has not responded.
Last December, Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said that China’s actions had damaged the free trade agreement (FTA) of the two countries. Whereas according to Birmingham, their free trade agreement (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement / ChAFTA) has allowed increased access to the Chinese market and carried out a series of tariff cuts.
5. Character responses to signals of improvement from China
Rory Medcalf, leader of the National Security Colleges at the Australian National University (ANU), warned that Wang’s comments should not be over-interpreted as some kind of positive signal.
“They are the most gentle and conditional,” said Medcalf. “Of course it’s nice on one level to receive some hints that China also wants a stable relationship, but the bottom line is that Wang’s words still place all the responsibility on Australia,” he stressed.