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Australia and China ties

Date: 09 October 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous


Australia and China’s cordial economic ties, established over the last three decades, have been soured this year over several points of friction. 



  • China has been unhappy with Australian becoming more vocal about its handling of Uighur Muslims and the protests in Hong Kong.

  • But it was Canberra’s appeal for an independent global inquiry into the origins and initial response of Covid-19, that really angered Beijing.

  • Australia’s staunch stances in recent months exposes a latent fear of China’s growing influence in the country’s domestic space, ranging from politics to educational institutions to real estate.

  • China’s rising presence in the Indo-Pacific region despite the pandemic has only added to this distrust. 

  • China is Australia’s largest trading partner in terms of both exports and imports. China’s share in Australia’s exports reached a record A$117 billion, or 38 percent, in 2019.

  • Australian sectors like mining, tourism, education benefit from trade with China. China even imports products such as milk, cheese, wine, and meat.

  • China has been increasing its investment in Australian infrastructure and real estate products too. The maximum number of foreign students in Australian universities and tourists also originate from China.

  • After China imposed the National Security Law in Hong Kong, Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and said the law undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy and suppresses opposition to Mainland China. Australia also decided to extend visas for Hong Kong residents.

  • Australia has started looking for way to wean itself away from this excessive Chinese dependence and is keen to strengthen its ties with more ideologically compatible allies like India, Japan and the United States.

  • Since its inception in 2007, the Quad has been labelled by analysts as an attempt to counter China’s growing footprint in the Indo-pacific region. The meeting comes at a time when three out of four participant countries are at loggerheads with China on some issue or another.

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