How is China punished in Australia?

How is China punished in Australia?

Australia and China

Although Zhaojun acted following the usual cybersecurity processes, the Chinese government accuses Alibaba of failing to immediately report and resolve the cybersecurity vulnerability, which has led to the suspension of the aforementioned agreement. This resolution, although it may seem surprising, is not arbitrary, as it responds to a rule that the Asian country approved a few months ago and which obliges software and telecommunications providers affected by critical vulnerabilities to inform government authorities in the first instance.

On the other hand, China’s repeated attacks on Alibaba and other major technology companies are well known, ranging from billion-dollar fines to the removal of apps from the Asian country’s app stores, as well as limitations of various kinds and the ostracism of major entrepreneurs.

Sanctions on China

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At a Woolworths supermarket in Port Hedland, Western Australia, a person reported an incident in which a staff member barred customers who appeared to be of Asian descent from entering, claiming it was to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. A witness to the incident made a complaint which was upheld by Woolworths, who confirmed that the member of staff had made a mistake, apologized for the incident and said they were carrying out a full investigation into the incident.[10][11]

Ravenswood School for Girls, a private school on Sydney’s North Shore, asked a South Korean student to leave her dormitory, even though she had not been in China since visiting Shanghai in October 2019 and was medically cleared when she arrived at the school.[12][13][14][15][15][16][16][17][17][18][19][19][19][19][19][20][20][20][21][21][21][21][21

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Australia-China relationship

On May 12, China stopped accepting beef from four major Australian slaughterhouses, citing health concerns. Five days later, China imposed tariffs of more than 80% on Australian barley imports as part of an anti-dumping investigation.

China is by far Australia’s largest trading partner, with total trade between the two countries totaling more than US$214 billion in 2018 alone. As Australia faces the very real prospect of a coronavirus-related recession, that economic relationship is more important than ever.Advertisement

With the severing of ministerial ties and the rise of anti-Australian rhetoric in Chinese state media, experts say deep cracks are emerging in relations between the two countries.

Globally, experts say Australia is seen as a test case: can a liberal democracy with close trade ties to the authoritarian regime in Beijing maintain an independent foreign policy, which at times will be critical of the Chinese Communist Party?

China sanctions Australia

China is Australia’s largest and most important trading partner.  Two-way trade between the countries is worth around A$240 billion ($171 billion), while China buys around 39% of Australia’s merchandise exports.

Australia is China’s main supplier of iron ore and coking coal, the two main ingredients used to make steel, while it is also a major supplier of LNG and thermal coal, which is mainly used in power plants.

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