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World Australia Trade Minister Tells China Sovereignty Non-Negotiable

05:30  08 april  2021
05:30  08 april  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said the government will protect the country’s sovereignty and national interest, in response to a warning from China ’s ambassador that it will “respond in kind” if Canberra joins sanctions on officials accused of human rights abuses. Australia ’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne, in a March 23 joint statement with her New Zealand counterpart, said that the government had “grave concerns” over reports of human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, and welcomed the measures taken by the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and

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(Bloomberg) -- Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said the government will protect the country’s sovereignty and national interest, in response to a warning from China’s ambassador that it will “respond in kind” if Canberra joins sanctions on officials accused of human rights abuses.

“That’s something we’ve made very clear is non-negotiable,” Tehan said in an interview with Bloomberg Television Thursday. “But that doesn’t mean that we can’t have productive relationships. Good friends always are able to have very difficult conversations.”

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China ’s widening trade actions against Australia have disrupted exports worth up to bn a year, according to new analysis, sparking calls for the Morrison government to seek a reset in the relationship to forestall further economic pain. He called on the government, through the appropriate ministers , to keep reaching out to their Chinese counterparts to seek dialogue. The trade minister , Simon Birmingham, reaffirmed to Guardian Australia on Tuesday night that Australia continued to “hold the door open to engage in respectful ministerial dialogue” with China .

China responded to Australia 's call for an inquiry, likened by a Chinese diplomat to the betrayal of Roman general Julius Caesar by Brutus, by slapping restrictions on imports of Australian beef, barley and wine. Beijing also warned students and tourists against traveling to Australia because of alleged The tactics, which have seen a sharp escalation since 2018, included economic measures such as trade and tourism restrictions, and non -economic measures such as arbitrary detention, restrictions on official travel and official threats. Australia was subjected to the highest number of recorded cases

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International tensions have flared over reports of forced labor being used to harvest cotton in China’s western province of Xinjiang, prompting several countries to sanction Communist Party officials. Beijing has dismissed the accusations about its behavior against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs as politically motivated lies. Late last month it announced retaliatory sanctions on individuals in the U.S. and Canada, adding to those imposed earlier on the U.K. and European Union.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne, in a March 23 joint statement with her New Zealand counterpart, said that the government had “grave concerns” over reports of human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, and welcomed the measures taken by the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the EU.

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Australia is escalating its trade dispute with China to the World Trade Organization, after attempts to privately resolve the issue failed. In one of his last major actions as trade minister , Simon Birmingham announced bringing in the WTO as adjudicator, a process that can take years to complete, was the “logical and appropriate next step”. China effectively blocked Australian farmers from exporting barley by imposing an 80% tariff on exports of the grain in June, alleging Australia was “dumping” – when exporters sell produce at a lower price on the overseas market versus the domestic market, a

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia 's trade minister will travel to China on Sunday, in a sign that political tensions between the two countries may be easing. In August, Australia banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network citing national security risks, a move the Chinese telecoms gear maker criticised as being "politically motivated". China , however, remains Australia 's top goods and services trading partner, accounting for 24 percent, or A3.4 billion (2.01 billion), of total trade in 2017, according to data from the Department of Foreign

Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye said Wednesday that people should not be under the illusion “that China would swallow the bitter pill” of meddling in its internal affairs, nor attempts to mount a “pressure” campaign.

Ties between Australia and its largest trading partner have deteriorated since last April, when Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government called for independent investigators to be allowed into Wuhan to probe the origins of the coronavirus. Since then, Beijing has implemented a range of trade actions against Australian goods, including coal, wine and barley.

Tehan sought to emphasize the importance of the economic relationship between Australia and China as a counter to the mounting political tensions.

“That’s helped millions in China come out of poverty and helped grow our economy so we very much think that we can have constructive relationships,” he said. “But those constructive relationships will be built on us protecting our sovereignty and our national interest. We’ve made that very clear.”

Separately, the minister, who is also responsible for tourism and investment, said the government is currently focused on getting a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand up and running before looking to expand it elsewhere.

“We’ll then look at what our other options are. I’ve had discussions previously with my Singaporean counterpart to see whether we might look to be able to expand the bubble to Singapore down the track and I will continue those,” he said. “Obviously there’s opportunities with Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, who have all done well when it comes to dealing with Covid-19.”

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