Australia Chinese newspaper warns 'China has the power to hurt the Aussie economy'

07:48  21 may  2020
07:48  21 may  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Chinese propaganda outlet The Global Times has declared “China has the power to hurt the Aussie economy” as it warned any attempt to “confuse malicious COVID-19 inquiries with trade would only exacerbate the tensions”.

“China has the power to hurt the Aussie economy but won't fire the first shot in a trade war,” the publication wrote.

“If China wanted to start a trade war with Australia, it wouldn't use a measure of this degree.

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'From China 's perspective, Australia has never been a friendly trading partner,' a piece in the state-run Global ' The Australian government seems more interested in exploiting China 's suspension of some beef ' China doesn't really want to hurt itself, it just wants to make a point and then they'll move on.'

“In view of past experience, China won't be the one to take the first provocative step, but it should be noted that any further attempt to confuse malicious COVID-19 inquiries with trade would only exacerbate the tensions, driving bilateral trade off track.”

The Global Times editorial also hit out at Australia for taking credit for the inquiry into the origins of COVID-19.

China claims the World Health Assembly resolution spearheaded by Australia was different to what Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously called for.

“China has already made it clear that it supports the comprehensive review of the COVID-19 response, which should be conducted in an objective and impartial manner,” the Global Times wrote.

“A resolution on identifying the zoonotic source of the coronavirus has been agreed by all the member states, including China, at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting on Tuesday. The resolution is entirely different from the "independent inquiry" previously backed by some Australian politicians.”

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Perth USAsia Centre CEO Professor Gordan Flake has warned against reading too much into the editorial which “tend to be a harbinger of what the actual Chinese positions are but don’t line up entirely in that process”.

He told Sky News “it is tempting to kind of look at this in a bubble and think that somehow we are the only country right now being targeted by China whereas - a whole range of other counties are facing similar responses”.

“This is really more about changes internally in China than it is about us and yet our tendencies is to interpret it entirely in our own domestic context,” he said.

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Defiant Scott Morrison insists Australia did nothing wrong by calling for a coronavirus inquiry which infuriated China - and says he will continue to act in the national interest as trade tensions escalate .
China was infuriated by the government's demand for an independent probe and imposed a tax on barley and banned some Aussie beef in apparent revenge. But the Prime Minister today insisted he did nothing wrong and said he did not target our largest trading partner. Labor leader Anthony Albanese backed Mr Morrison's calls for an inquiry - but labor agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has accused the Coalition of 'demonising' China. It comes as Chinese state media reported that Beijing could import more natural gas from the US and Qatar instead of Australia if tensions continue.

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