China has lashed out at Australia with another thinly-veiled swipe as relations between the two nations continue to sour.
Australia has been accused of being a part of ‘US-centered, racist, and mafia-styled community’ due to its intelligence ties with the likes of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Australia is part of Five Eyes, a long running intelligence alliance with the three nations as well as New Zealand.
The alliance was described as ‘a fake international community with an axis of white supremacy’ in the Chinese government-controlled Global Times newspaper.
Australia has been accused of being a part of ‘US-centered, racist, and mafia-styled community’ in the Chinese government-controlled Global Times newspaper. Pictured: President Xi Jinping
‘They have formed a US-centred, racist, and mafia-styled community, willfully and arrogantly provoking China and trying to consolidate their hegemony as all gangsters do,’ the scathing editorial states.
‘They are becoming a racist axis aimed at stifling the development rights of 1.4 billion Chinese.’
Five Eyes had been transformed from the intelligence-sharing mechanism into a ‘political clique’, the piece continued.
‘Global diplomacy in the 21st century must not be hijacked by a fake international community with an axis of white supremacy,’ they wrote.
‘We cannot allow their selfishness to masquerade as the common morality of the world, and they cannot set the agenda of mankind.’
The article concludes: ‘What they want is sham multilateralism, and what they actually pursue is hooliganism in their own interest circle.’
The editorial piece was published on Tuesday, as trade tensions between China and Australia continue.
The editorial piece was published on Tuesday, as trade tensions between China and Australia continue. Pictured: Container terminal of Lianyungang Port in east China’s Jiangsu province
Australian Reef Fish Traders – the nation’s biggest live-fish exporter – failed to have their export licence renewed in China, it was revealed on Thursday.
The Cairns-based operation accounted for 70 per cent of all live exports in 2020.
The decision to end the licence concludes a 20-year trading relationship and causes room for concern about the future of North Queensland’s coral trout industry.
Exports to Australia’s number one trading partner, China, dropped more than eight per cent in January.
Australian meat exports in particular tumbled 39 per cent in the month, with Commonwealth Securities senior economist Ryan Felsman noting they are subject to Chinese trade restrictions.
‘The drop in exports could reflect trade tensions,’ Mr Felsman said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison shakes hands with President Xi Jinping
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said iron ore exports also declined by seven per cent or $963 million in January, although this could have been worse if not for the ongoing strength in prices, which were up seven per cent in the month.
‘The strong prices have been driven by ongoing Chinese demand and weaker than expected output from Brazil’s largest iron ore mine,’ the ABS said in releasing the data on Tuesday.
While metalliferous ores dropped 10 per cent or $1.5 billion overall, they were still up 53 per cent or $4.9 billion higher over the year.
Preliminary figures show total exports were down nine per cent or $3 billion to $32.1 billion in January.
Imports also fell 10 per cent or $2.6 billion to $23.4 billion, lead by a 23 per cent drop in road vehicle shipments, the first decline since May.
This still left a goods trade surplus of $8.8 billion for the month.
Australian Reef Fish Traders – the nation’s biggest live-fish exporter – failed to have their export licence renewed in China, it was revealed on Thursday
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News