China-focused Australian businesses are growing increasingly nervous their industry could be next in the firing line as Beijing continues its unrelenting campaign of economic coercion. The authoritarian state has already imposed crippling tariffs on Australian wine and barley – and informally banned Chinese businesses from buying Australian barley, timbre, lobster, coal, cotton, and beef. Now local businesses are wondering if they will be next on the chopping block as the Chinese Communist Party continues to punish Canberra for speaking out on its human rights record. Beijing is also still enraged that Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic, which originated in Wuhan. The cartoon in the Communist Party mouthpiece – Global Times – is the latest insult hurled at Australia The Chinese Communist Party continues to punish Canberra for speaking out on Beijing’s human rights record and the Covid-19 pandemic. (Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured left, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pictured right) Tensions could rise even further this week when Australia is expected to pass new laws giving the Federal Government the power to veto deals between state and local authorities and foreign nations. This would include Victoria’s controversial MoU with the China… Read full this story
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