Australia McGowan hits out at PM's China remarks
WA household fees and charges to rise as surplus tops $2 billion, but public transport fares frozen
Premier Mark McGowan says householders will pay nearly $100 more next financial year in fees and charges, despite WA being the only state in Australia in surplus.Premier Mark McGowan, who took on the role of Treasurer following the March election, said the increase of just over 1.5 per cent was a 'modest and reasonable' rise.
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has said he "doesn't understand" why Prime Minister Scott Morrison would warn China over trade risks when Australia has so much to benefit from the relationship.
Asked abouton radio station 6PR, Mr McGowan said he saw the speech the Mr Morrison made and believes it was wrong to single out China over trade rules.
"Once again I don't understand it. Why would he be doing that?" Mr McGowan told 6PR's Gareth Parker.
China Faces World's Longest Civil War in Neighboring Myanmar, A Crisis It Can't Avoid
China is "staring at possible chaos, rising anti-China feelings, and little hope that its planned China-Myanmar Economic Corridor can be materialized anytime soon," Thant Myint-U, an award-winning writer and historian of Myanmar origin, told Newsweek.As unrest deepens across China's porous border with Myanmar, the outbreak of an all-out war could trigger a triple security, economic and humanitarian crisis that would motivate Beijing to rein in the conflict before being forced to take more heavy-handed measures that would have far-reaching strategic ramifications.
"Countries act in their own interest. We are a country of 26 million people in the Asian region with very low population density but very very high success economically.
"A lot of our success is based upon trade and the fact we have a large trade surplus and in particular in Western Australia we have a massive trade surplus."
The premier said a beneficial relationship with China had a huge economic benefit not just for Australia, but for Western Australia.
"We sell 60 per cent of our products to China. We buy a tiny proportion back from China. This generates hundreds of thousands of jobs for West Australians and we are the beneficiaries of this," Mr McGowan said.
"I don't understand why we would say the system isn't working for us when we are in that position.
Biden Demands China Share Info, Lessons That Could Stop Next 'Catastrophic Biological Threat'
"Getting to bottom of the origin of this pandemic is not about assigning blame, it is about understanding how to prepare for the next pandemic, and the next one after that," a State Department spokesperson told Newsweek. "We need the PRC to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international study with the needed access to get to the bottom of a virus that's taken more than 3 million lives across the globe," the State Department spokesperson added, "and, critically, to share information and lessons that will help us all prevent future catastrophic biological threats.
"I wouldn't be attacking one country with concerns to that. We are the beneficiaries to the tune of $100 billion in Western Australian of a strong trading relationship with China."
PM sounds warning ahead of G7 summit
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on world leaders to demonstrate that "liberal democracies work" in a speech ahead of the.
Mr Morrison will travel to the summit in the United Kingdom tomorrow but used a keynote speech today to call for the international community to counter economic coercion.
"There is a lot at stake, for Australia, for our region, and indeed for the world," he said at the Perth USAsia Centre.
"We are living in a time of great uncertainty not seen, I believe, since the 1930s, outside of wartime."
He warned Australia's security environment had changed "significantly" in recent years.
"Accelerating trends are working against our interests," he said.
"The Indo-Pacific region, our region, is the epicentre of a new strategic competition.
"The risk of miscalculation and conflict are very present and growing."
Although he steered clear of direct references to China's actions in the South China Sea, Mr Morrison noted US President Joe Biden's strategic focus on the region.
On China specifically, Mr Morrison only said that all nations should participate in the global system.
Beijing accuses Nato of exaggerating China threat .
It comes after a summit of alliance leaders described China's behaviour as a "systemic challenge".China's actions, including expanding its nuclear arsenal, threatened "rules-based international order", Nato said.