[Report from Canberra] In response to New Zealand’s suggestion that Australia should adopt a more cautious and respectful attitude towards China, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded and called on Western countries to form a united front.On the other hand, despite the friction between Australia and China for some time, in December last year, Australia's wheat exports to China hit a new single-country monthly export volume.
After the Prime Minister of Australia called for an international independent investigation into the origin of the new crown virus, relations between the two countries have deteriorated sharply in the past year. China has imposed sanctions on a variety of Australian products, including Australian products such as Australian beef products, beef, lobster, barley and coal. High tariffs were imposed.Australia also alleges that China has launched extensive hacking attacks, data collection and attempts to manipulate Australia's political system.
However, in an interview on US television, New Zealand Trade Minister O'Connor suggested that Australia should respect China, the superpower, and should follow New Zealand to develop diplomatic relations and establish similar diplomatic relations with China.However, Canberra's politicians don't seem too happy to hear this suggestion.
Morrison said, I don’t think that every system is as good as the other. If that is the case, then every day we can make decisions by tossing a coin and decide how we operate our country.Freedom and democracy are eternal, we must continue to be vigilant about it, and we must be united, which is very important.I also encourage everyone to do this.
Some analysts believe that the development of relations between New Zealand and China may be driven by the relatively small size of New Zealand’s military. New Zealand’s military expenditures account for about 1% of its GDP. This also encourages New Zealand’s willingness to seek cooperation with other countries. Peaceful partnership.
O'Connor said in an interview that although he could not speak on behalf of Australia on diplomatic issues, it is clear that if they are willing to emulate New Zealand and show respect, diplomatic ties between Australia and China should increase.If Australia is also cautious in terms of wording, then there is hope that it will be in a similarly good relationship with New Zealand.
However, although Australia-China relations remain tense and trade and political disputes continue, S&P Global Platts analysts said that in December last year, Australian grain producers still exported 12 tons of wheat to China.This figure is also the largest monthly total export volume of Australian wheat to a country in history.Last month, Australia planned to export 60 tons of wheat to China.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the 60 tons of goods (worth 2.48 million yuan) were ordered in September last year, before China announced stricter inspections of Australian wheat.
In addition, Indonesia and Vietnam also imported 12 tons of Australian wheat in December.
Australia is expected to set a record for the second largest wheat production in 2020-21.GrainCorp, a major grain processor in NSW, reported a significant increase in the wheat harvest. As of mid-January, the company's output was 840 million tons, compared with only 50 tons in the same period last year. (Child force)
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