Australian senator calls China “one of the biggest threats” to the country
Canberra [Australia], July 4 (ANI): Australian National Party Senator Matt Canavan called China “the greatest threat” to the country’s freedoms and future prosperity.
“There are three Cs that we are grappling with right now: there is COVID, there is climate change and there is China,” Sputnik quoted Canavan to an Australian broadcaster.
He added that China was “by far the greatest threat to our freedoms, freedoms and future prosperity.”
Tensions between China and Australia have escalated over numerous issues. Relations began to crumble in 2018 when Australia banned Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies from building its 5G network, the first Western country to do so.
Since then, relations have deteriorated and are now seen to be at an all-time low following criticism from Canberra of how Beijing has handled the coronavirus pandemic. Canberra has also been locked in an ongoing trade war with Beijing for several months as China imposed sanctions on various Australian products.
Last month, Canberra announced that it was heading to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to seek intervention in the dispute with China over the imposition of anti-dumping duties on its wine exports.
It comes after Beijing accused Australia of illegally subsidizing its wine producers and, in November last year, announced additional import taxes of over 200% on Australian wine for five years.
Australia’s DA billion wine export industry reported a 96% drop in exports in the first quarter of 2021 after Chinese anti-dumping sanctions hit profits in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Although China has imposed punitive trade restrictions on Australian coal, barley, meat and wine, it is spending more than ever on Australian imports. (ANI)