coronavirus update indiaas on : 25 November 2020 05:48 GMT+5:30
Australian PM Refuses Chinses Grievance List:"Our Rules,Our National Interest"
The rift has left Australian exporters exposed as their largest trading partner places a series of retaliatory bans on agricultural goods including beef, barley and timber
Australian PM Refuses Chinses Grievance List: "Our Rules, Our National Interest"
New Delhi: On Thursday Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted that Australia will not bow to pressure from China after Beijing released a laundry list of complaints about the country.
A Chinese official gave a dossier to the Australian media containing 14 grievances, highlighting the increasingly fractious relationship between the two nations.
"If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy," a Chinese government official reportedly told three prominent outlets on Wednesday.
Among the complaints are Australia's strict foreign interference laws, the country's ban on Huawei's involvement in its 5G network, and the decision that blocked the Chinese investment project on the "national security grounds".
Morrison said that the "unofficial document" came from the Chinese embassy and would not stop Australia from setting "our own laws and our own rules according to our national interest".
"We won't be compromising on the fact that we will set what our foreign investment laws are or how we build our 5G telecommunications networks or how we run our systems of protection against interference Australia's way we run our country," he told Channel Nine.
Further, the document also claimed that Canberra ad engaged in incessant wanton interference" in China's affairs while singling out Australia's call for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus.
On Thursday diplomatic rift the United States weighed, with the White House National Security Council saying on Twitter that "Beijing is upset Australia took steps to expose and thwart Chinese espionage & to protect Aussie sovereignty".
"It's encouraging to see a growing number of countries following Canberra's lead in taking such steps," the tweet continued.
In recent months relations between Canberra and Beijing have reached a new low, leaving Australian government ministers unable to persuade Chinese counterparts to even accept their phone calls.
(With Inputs from AFP)