World Australia hits back at 'needless' worsening of China ties

05:30  24 november  2020
05:30  24 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Scott Morrison said Australia 's actions are 'wrongly' being interpreted by China , and that Australia should not be forced to choose between Morrison accuses Beijing officials of ' needlessly hurting ties ' between the two countries - and insists Australia can be on good terms with both China and the US.

The Guardian - Back to home. Although Australia maintains it is a diplomatic forum, Beijing fears it could become a Nato-style regional alliance to counter China . It was among 14 items on a list of disputes with Australia that the Chinese embassy in Canberra provided to Nine News early last week.

Australia has hit out at "needlessly" worsening relations with China, with the country's prime minister appealing for smaller nations not to be caught in the crossfire of Sino-US rivalry. 

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hits out at mounting Chinese pressure © DAVID GRAY Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hits out at mounting Chinese pressure

Prime Minister Scott Morrison decried mounting Chinese pressure and rejected the portrayal of Australia as a US lapdog, saying it was wrong and "needlessly deteriorates relationships" in an online speech to a London forum late Monday. 

Morrison insisted Australia wanted "mutually beneficial" relations with both its largest trading partner and the United States, while having the right to pursue its own interests independent of both.

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In recent months, Canberra's relationship with Beijing has gone from bad to worse.

Beijing has produced a laundry list of complaints about Australian policies -- from banning Huawei's participation in 5G rollout to its call for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

It has also targeted sensitive Australian exports with economic sanctions, in a bid to increase the cost of defying China's wishes.

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Morrison warned this coercive diplomacy was just "a foretaste" of what other countries -- including those in Europe -- can expect to endure in future.

But in a nod to the incoming administration of US president-elect Joe Biden, Morrison also insisted countries like Australia should not be asked to pick sides as Washington and Beijing duke it out for influence.

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Australia has been moving to address the issue on various levels, from its politics to its economy and its universities. But hand-in-hand comes another question: how can this be done - and discussed - without inflaming China , its biggest economic support, and Chinese Australians ?

Tudge argued Australia was a successful multicultural society, citing similar rates of unemployment and better education results by Australians born overseas relative to “The students who finish university and go back to China , it’s hard for them to find a job, if they just only finished undergraduate studies.

"Greater latitude will be required from the world's largest powers to accommodate the individual interests of their partners and allies. We all need a bit more room to move," Morrison told the UK Policy Exchange. 

During the last four years, US President Donald Trump has taken a confrontational approach, trying to rally allies to counter China's rising influence, something critics say risks creating a Cold War-style standoff between two competing power blocs. 

It is uncertain that Sino-US relations will improve under a Biden administration, with the Democrat outspoken during his campaign on China's dismal human rights record. 

"There must be a more nuanced appreciation of individual states' interests in how they deal with the major powers. Stark choices are in no-one's interests," Morrison said.


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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded Beijing to apologize for a provocative tweet depicting one his nation’s troops holding a bloody knife to an Afghan child’s throat. Instead, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s top spokeswoman shot back, asking whether Morrison lacks “a sense of right and wrong.” The response was a hit in China, where spokeswoman Hua Chunying drew praise on social media for exuding the “style of a great power.” Her deputy, Zhao Lijian, was similarly cheered on for pinning the offending tweet to the top of his Twitter feed.

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