Anthony Albanese could repair Australia’s trade tensions with China – Henry Club

2019Australian intelligence services have concluded that China was responsible for a cyber attack on Australia’s parliament and the three largest political parties leading to a May 1 election.

April 2020Australian PM Scott Morrison launched a campaign for his fellow world leaders to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Britain and France are initially reluctant but more than 100 countries eventually support an investigation.

15 AprilMorrison is one of the few leaders to express sympathy for Donald Trump’s criticisms of the World Health Organization, which the US president accuses of bias towards China.

April 21: China’s embassy accused Australian Foreign Minister Peter Dutton of ‘ignorance and bigotry’ and ‘parrot what Americans claim’ after calling on China to be more transparent about the outbreak.

April 23Australia’s Agriculture Minister David Littleproud called on G20 countries to campaign against ‘wet markets’, which are common in China and linked to the earliest coronavirus cases.

26 April: Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jinghe hints at boycotting Australian wine and beef, saying tourists and students may avoid Australia ‘while it is not friendly to China’. Canberra dismissed the threat and warned Beijing against “economic coercion”.

May 11China has banned beef imports from Australia’s four largest meat processors. They account for more than a third of Australia’s $1.1 billion beef exports to China.

May 18The World Health Organization supports a partial investigation into the pandemic, but China says claiming credit for Australia is a ‘joke’. On the same day, China imposes an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley. Australia says it can challenge it at the WTO.

May 21China announced new rules for iron ore imports that could allow Australian imports – typically $41 billion a year – for additional bureaucratic scrutiny.

June 5Beijing has warned tourists traveling to Australia alleging racism and violence against the Chinese in relation to COVID-19.

June 9China’s education ministry has warned students to think carefully about studying in Australia, citing similar alleged racist incidents.

June 19Australia says it is under cyber attack from a foreign state, which government sources say is believed to be China. Morrison says the attack is targeting industry, schools, hospitals and government officials.

9 July: Australia suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong and offered visas to 10,000 Hong Kongers already in Australia over China’s national security law, which effectively bans protests.

18 August: China has launched a 12-month anti-dumping investigation into wines imported from Australia, posing a major threat to the $6 billion industry.

26 August: Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that he would legislate to prevent states and territories from signing deals with foreign powers that go against Australia’s foreign policy. Analysts said it was aimed at China.

13 October: Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says he is investigating reports that Chinese customs officials have informally asked state-owned steelmakers and power plants to keep Australian coal on ships. left it.

November 2: Agriculture Minister David Littleproud revealed that China is blocking Australian lobster imports by investigating minerals.

November 3: According to reports, imports of barley, sugar, red wine, logs, coal, lobster and copper from Australia have been unofficially banned under government directives.

18 November: China issues peculiar dossier of 14 complaints with Australia.

27 November: Australian coal exports to China fell 96 percent in the first three weeks of November as 82 ships carrying 8.8 million tonnes of coal were abandoned floating off Chinese ports where they were denied entry.

28 November: Beijing imposed a 212 percent tariff on Australia’s $1.2 billion worth of wine exports, claiming they were being ‘dumped’ or sold at a low price. This claim has been denied by both Australian and Chinese importers.

30 November: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao posted a fake photo showing a smiling Australian soldier holding a knife to the neck of an Afghan child. The move has angered Australians.

12 December: Australian coal has been added to the Chinese blacklist.

December 24: China NSW and WA . Australian timber imports from Local customs officials said they found insects in the cargo.

January 11, 2021: Australia has blocked a $300 million construction deal that would have acquired state-owned China state construction engineering corporation Probuild. The bid was darkened over national security concerns.

February 5, 2021: China has confirmed that Melbourne journalist and single mother Cheng Lei has been formally arrested after being detained in August 2020.

February 23, 2021: China in an editorial accused Australia of being the “pivot of white supremacy” along with the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand.

March 11, 2021: A Communist Party newspaper editor has accused Australia of genocide.

March 15, 2021: Trade Minister Dan Tehan announced that he wants the WTO to help mediate discussions between the two countries on the trade dispute.

April 21, 2021: Foreign Minister Maris Payne announced that Australia has scrapped Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road deal with China by using new veto powers.

May 6, 2021: China suspended all strategic economic talks with Australia indefinitely, blaming the Morrison government’s attitude towards ties. The move ended all diplomatic contact with Beijing under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, stalling discussions between key officials below the ministerial level.

June 22, 2021China tries to ‘ambush’ Australia to officially declare Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger’

September 15, 2021: Australia, the UK and the US announced the AUKUS security agreement, which will give Australian military nuclear-powered submarines to counter China’s growing aggression in the Indo-Pacific. The move has sparked anger in Beijing.

24 March 2022: Details of a memorandum of understanding have emerged that could allow Beijing to deploy a warship to the Solomon Islands, just 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia. Canberra warned it was “concerned by any action that destabilizes the security of our region”.

April 25, 2022: Defense Minister Peter Dutton warned on Anzac Day that the resurgence of Russia and China meant Australia had to be on a war footing. “The only way to keep the peace is to prepare for war and be strong as a country,” he said. ‘We are in the same era as the 1930s.’

April 27, 2022: Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrew says China is likely to send troops to the Solomon Islands, and was using the row to derail Australia’s federal election. She said Beijing was ‘frankly very aware that we are in a federal election campaign at the moment.’

13 May 2022: Defense Minister Peter Dutton announced that Australian forces were tracking a Chinese spy ship 250 nautical miles northwest of Broome in WA near the Harold E Holt Naval Communications Station. The scene was mostly written off as a pre-election stunt.