Australia-December 12th News: Honey, fruit, dairy products may become the victimized goods under China-Australia relations-Australia Chinatown

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According to market research agency IBIS World, Australia's exports of honey, fruits, dairy products, and nutritional products may become commodities that will be affected by the tension between China and Australia.

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According to market research agency IBIS World, Australia's exports of honey, fruits, dairy products, and nutritional products may become commodities that will be affected by the tension between China and Australia.

Weather in Australian capital cities:

The weather in the capital cities of Australia on August 12: 

  • Sydney: Light rain 18-22 degrees
  • Melbourne: Partly sunny 12-20 degrees
  • Canberra: Cloudy 12-22 degrees
  • Brisbane: Partly sunny 21-29 degrees
  • Perth: Partly sunny 20-37 degrees
  • Adelaide: sunny 12-29 degrees
  • Hobart: Partly sunny 9-19 degrees
  • Darwin: Thundershower 25-33 degrees

Honey, fruit, dairy products may become the next batch of Australian products under Chinese sanctions

According to market research agency IBIS World, Australia's exports of honey, fruits, dairy products, and nutritional products may become commodities that will be affected by the tension between China and Australia.

In recent months, China has imposed tariffs or suspended imports of a number of Australian goods and services, including barley, beef, wheat, cotton, timber, lobster, wine, and so on.

Liam Harrison, a senior industry analyst at IBIS World, said that China has a significant influence on many industries in Australia.

Harrison said that although local businesses have received warnings that China is likely to increase tariffs, many of them cannot find alternative markets in the short term.

China is an important market for Australian honey, accounting for a quarter of Australia's total honey exports. If China stops importing Australian honey, there will be many similar alternative products on the market.

For Australian dairy products, there are not many alternatives that China can find.

Harrison said that if China sanctions Australian dairy products, it would mean further deterioration of trade relations.At the same time, sanctions on Australian dairy products may also cause dissatisfaction among Chinese consumers and weaken people's support for sanctions on Australia.

South Australia "cleared" restrictions will be relaxed again next week

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South Australia has had no new cases of new crowns for 10 consecutive days.
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South Australia has had no new cases of new crowns for 10 consecutive days.

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The South Australian health authorities announced that there are no active cases of new crowns in South Australia and that restrictions will be relaxed again from next week.

The maximum number of family gatherings will be increased, and bar customers can stand and drink in the reception area.

As of today, South Australia has had no new cases of new crowns for 10 consecutive days.

Starting next Monday (December 12), the maximum number of private parties in licensed venues will be increased from 14 to 150.

The maximum number of wedding guests will increase from 150 to 200, and the maximum number of funerals will also increase to 200.

In addition, the reception capacity of movie theaters and theaters will expand from 50% to 75%, but masks are required to enter these places.

China's ban on Australian beef imports expands again

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Another Australian exporter has been banned from exporting beef to China. So far, six beef producers have been banned from exporting to China.
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Another Australian exporter has been banned from exporting beef to China. So far, six beef producers have been banned from exporting to China.

ABC Landline: Pip Courtney

China suspends the import of Australian Meramist beef products. This is the sixth Australian meat trader to be suspended by China.

China did not explain the specific reasons after making this decision on Monday (December 12).

Previously, China has suspended imports of many Australian beef producers for reasons including labeling and health certificate issues.

Australia-China relations have gradually deteriorated since the Australian government requested an independent investigation into the origin of the new crown.

The General Administration of Customs of China stated in a notice on its official website that China will temporarily suspend the acceptance of declarations of beef products produced by the Australian Meramist company's factory.

Mike Eathorne, general manager of Meramist, said in an interview that he also received a temporary notice, and China did not explain the reason for the ban.

In addition to beef products, China imposed tariffs on Australian barley and red wine, and at the same time stopped the import of Australian seafood, timber and coal.

U.S. sanctions 14 vice-chairmen of China's National People's Congress

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Pompeo claimed that Beijing’s attack on Hong Kong’s democratic process has reduced the Legislative Council to a meaningless rubber stamp.
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Pompeo claimed that Beijing’s attack on Hong Kong’s democratic process has reduced the Legislative Council to a meaningless rubber stamp.

AP: Kin Cheung

On Monday (December 12) local time in the United States, the US State Department announced sanctions on 7 vice chairmen of the National People's Congress of China to punish them for their actions in the NPC deprivation of four Hong Kong legislators.

The sanctioned Chinese officials and their immediate family members will be prohibited from entering the United States, trading with American companies, and their property in the United States will be frozen.

The XNUMX vice-chairmen of the Chinese National People's Congress who have been sanctioned include Wang Chen, Cao Jianming, Zhang Chunxian, Shen Yueyue, Ji Bingxuan, Ai Ligen Yiming Bahai, Wan Exiang, Chen Zhu, Wang Dongming, Bai Ma Chilin , Ding Zhongli, Hao Mingjin, Cai Dafeng, Wu Weihua.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously stated in a statement that Beijing’s endless attacks on Hong Kong’s democratic process have completely destroyed the Hong Kong Legislative Council and turned the Legislative Council into a meaningless rubber stamp.

Last week, the U.S. government further increased restrictions on US visas for party members, which was seen as punishment for China’s Xinjiang, Tibet, Taiwan, and South China Sea issues.

Previously, China had criticized the United States for imposing sanctions on China in response to the Hong Kong issue, and called it interference in China's internal affairs.

Australia's border control measures have been significantly relaxed before Christmas

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Queensland to open border to Adelaide travellers

Queensland announced yesterday afternoon that it will open its borders to South Australian tourists on December 12.

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As Christmas approaches, border control measures between Australian states will be greatly relaxed, and tens of thousands of Australians can be reunited with their families during Christmas.

Yesterday Western Australia announced the opening of borders to residents of Victoria and NSW.Earlier, Western Australia postponed the opening of its borders to NSW due to the diagnosis of an employee at an isolated hotel in Sydney.

Residents of South Australia will also be allowed to enter Western Australia this weekend, but they will need to be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival.

Queensland also announced yesterday afternoon that it will open its borders to South Australian travelers this Saturday (December 12), provided that South Australia no longer has new cases during this period.

In addition, two passengers who departed from Germany a few days ago and arrived in Sydney via Japan and arrived in Melbourne on a flight without quarantine were tested again for the new crown. The results were still negative and they did not show any symptoms of the new crown.

Police said the two passengers will continue to be quarantined in Victoria for two weeks and will be tested again for the new crown on the 11th day.

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Victorian and NSW credit ratings affected by the epidemic

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Victoria has maintained a AAA credit rating since 2000.
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Victoria has maintained a AAA credit rating since 2000.

AP: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Rating company S&P Global said it will downgrade Victoria's credit rating to AA.Due to the outbreak of a serious second wave of the epidemic and the initiation of a "substantial long-term lockdown", Victoria has suffered far more economic shocks than other Australian states and territories.

S&P Global said in a statement: "It is expected that the stock of Victorian debt will increase significantly in the next few years. Therefore, in our view, the Victorian government's fiscal restoration road will be more challenging and longer than other states. "

Losing the AAA credit rating means that Victorian borrowing will face higher interest rates and will pay millions of dollars in higher interest on its debt every year.

This is the first time S&P Global downgraded Victoria's credit rating in 20 years.Victoria's credit rating has been AAA since 2000.

Victorian Treasury Secretary Tim Pallas said that although he was "very proud" of the previous rating, the decision to downgrade was not unexpected.

S&P Global also downgraded NSW's credit rating to AA+ to reflect the company's expectations for a substantial increase in the state's debt.

China's Sichuan-Chongqing may be a key opponent in Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympics

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Queensland’s 2032 bid for the Olympics may face severe challenges from Chinese opponents.
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Queensland’s 2032 bid for the Olympics may face severe challenges from Chinese opponents.

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As Australia-China relations are deteriorating, Australia’s bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics has become more urgent.China announced a week ago that Sichuan Province may join hands with Chongqing to participate in the bid, which may become Australia's key competitor.

Brisbane is the most advantageous of several bidding sites, but due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, negotiations have reached a deadlock.Other competitors have entered the market one after another, including Indonesia, Qatar, Germany and so on.After that, India, South Korea and Turkey may also join.

Beijing successfully hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008 and will host the next Winter Olympics in 2022.However, China is facing increasing pressure from human rights organizations and other parties, some of whom are pushing for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The International Olympic Committee announced last week that it is advancing a human rights strategy and has established a human rights department within the organization to increase attention to China’s human rights records, but the human rights issues of all bidding cities will also be subject to similar scrutiny.

On Monday (December 12), Queensland Governor Annastacia Palaszczuk (Annastacia Palaszczuk) met with the Chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) John Coates (John Coates).

"We once again had very active discussions on the possibility of hosting the Olympic Games in Queensland in 2032," said Governor Palasha.

Sydney-Canberra seaplane flight test flight next week

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The Sydney-Canberra seaplane route will be tested next week.
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The Sydney-Canberra seaplane route will be tested next week.

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Although Canberra is an inland city, a novel idea has recently been proposed: if it can be approved by the regulatory agency, whether it is possible to open seaplane routes to transport passengers from Sydney from Sydney Harbour to Lake Burleigh Griffin (Lake Burley Griffin)?

Sydney Seaplanes hopes to open an air route between Canberra and Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour, which will take off and land three times a day, two of which will be in Burleigh near the National Museum of Australia. Landing and takeoff in the West Basin of Lake Griffin.

The company estimates that each flight can carry 15 passengers and the one-way fare is about A$300.

In order to test this idea, the National Capital Authority (NCA), the governing body of Griffin Lake, has agreed to conduct a trial landing on the lake next Tuesday (December 12), and then give feedback to the public about noise and environmental impact.

Editors-Kai and Iris

ABC Chinese: Kai Feng and Iris Zhao editorial report

Stock and foreign exchange

Global overnight stock and foreign exchange market quotes: 

  • [Australian stocks] ASX 200 futures: 6618.5 points (↑0.62%); ASX 200 closing price yesterday afternoon: 6643.1 points (↑0.66%
  • [exchange rate] AUDUSD= 0.7575(); AUD against RMB = 4.9538(); Australian dollar to euro = 0.6215(); USD to RMB = 6.5498(
  • [US stocks] The Dow Jones Index closed at 30129 points (↑0.38%).The Nasdaq index closed at 12771 points (↓ 0.29%).The S&P 500 index closed at 3690 points (↑2 points).
  • [European shares] The London Financial Times 100 Index closed at 6453 points (↑0.57%); The German DAX index stopped at 13418 points (↑1.3%); The French CAC index closed at 5466 points (↑1.36%
  • [Commodity] Cash gold price: 1878.1 US dollars / ounce (↑0.4%); New York oil futures: $48.12/barrel (↑2.3%

(Data at 12:24 AM on December 9th, Eastern Australia Daylight Time) 

 Schedule:

Statistics on global new crown cases

Global new crown case statistics 

Serial number  country / region  Number of diagnoses  death toll 
美国  18,458,373 326,124
印度  10,123,778 146,756
  7,365,517 189,229
2,905,196 51,810
France 2,562,615 62,098
英国 2,155,996 69,157
2,082,610 18,861
Italy 1,991,278 70,395
西班牙 1,842,289 49,698
10  德国 1,604,129 28,0-0
Global total  79,327,405 1,741,685

Updated: Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time on December 12 25:3 PM; Source : Statistics of COVID-XNUMX from Johns Hopkins University

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