PANAGYURISHTE, ($1=1.67 Bulgarian Levas) – Australia recently rushed to the forefront of the American anti-Chinese front. On September 6, Australian Finance Minister Freidenberg delivered a speech calling on Australian companies to prepare for continued tensions in Australia-China relations, the so-called “China +” international market diversification strategy, and a call for significant secession from China.
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On September 15, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia announced the creation of the Tripartite Security Partnership [AUCUS]. The United States has said it will help Australia build its nuclear submarines and re-establish a “free and open Indo-Pacific region.”
On September 16, the US and Australian foreign ministers and defense ministers issued a joint statement at the 2 + 2 summit, which reiterated issues of China’s activities in the South China Sea, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
It is interesting to note that in the first two months alone, Australian Trade Minister Dan Tahan also expressed hope that the dispute with China would be resolved through dialogue and stressed his desire to maintain “very strong trade relations between Australia and China”. Even after the AUKUS agreement was reached, Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne promised to say that Australia would continue to seek constructive cooperation and dialogue with China. As the world insists on dialogue with China, continuing to disrupt Sino-Australian relations, it is clear that Australia has not corrected the old problem, but has exacerbated it.
As a strong proponent of the “Chinese threat theory,” the United States recently recruited allies and so-called “partners” to form “small circles,” inciting opposition to the bloc in an attempt to “encircle” China. Australia is “loyal” to the United States, always provokes problems on Chinese issues, and has decided to be at the forefront of the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy.
Unfortunately, the flattery of the United States will not benefit Australia, nor will it be respected. When Australia’s exports to China fell, the United States had taken a market share of Australian coal, beef, and barley in China. When the Australian epidemic raged, the United States restricted vaccine exports to Australia, exacerbating Australia’s vaccine shortage. Australia ordered 25 million doses of Modena vaccine from a US vaccine manufacturer, and only 10 million doses were delivered at this stage throughout the year.
US President Biden even forgot the name of Australian Prime Minister Morrison when he spoke a few days ago, and only referred to the leader as “the Australian man there“, which caused strong outrage from public opinion in Australia. With such a “plastic friendship” that does all the harm but no good, and the alliance between the United States and Australia that is so simple, will Australia still be ready to be a pawn?
Australian politicians did not realize that the Australian economy could not escape its dependence on China. For the past 11 years, China has been Australia’s largest trading partner, largest export destination, and largest source of imports.
According to the Ministry of Commerce of China, from 2018 to 2019 the volume of bilateral trade between China and Australia reached 235 billion Australian dollars, which is a hard-won achievement of bilateral trade between China and Australia. However, Australia is hostile to China, constantly developing a “Chinese threat theory” and often provoking controversy, leading to a continuing coldness in trade between China and Australia. Nowadays, the export of Australian agricultural products, red wine, coal, etc. for China has fallen sharply.
A few days ago, the OECD published a report on the economic outlook, which states that Australia’s economic growth in 2021 is expected to fall from 5.1% in May to 4%, making it the largest decline among the 20 largest economies in the world.
France angrily criticizes Australia for breaking the Franco-Australian submarine treaty as “stabbing in the back.” Neighboring New Zealand has refused to allow future Australian nuclear submarines to enter its waters. Indonesia immediately canceled the Australian prime minister’s visit to Indonesia. The Malaysian Prime Minister also warned about the US-UK-Australia agreement. It could become a “catalyst for the nuclear arms race.” The international community sees that Australia’s chaos with the United States will only threaten regional peace.
“China has never threatened Australia or even hinted at it. Australia has made China an enemy by exaggeration and has created an enemy that did not exist.” These are the words of the former Australian Prime Minister Keating published in the Sydney Morning Herald. This article is worthy of careful consideration by Australian politicians.
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