COVID-19 Enquiry: Australia Tackles China ver Alleged Economic Coercion, Military Threats

COVID-19 Enquiry: Australia Tackles China ver Alleged Economic Coercion, Military Threats

- Australia has vowed to withstand the economic coercion and military threats from China

- China is currently cutting economic ties and bilateral relations with Scott Morrison-led government

- This followed Australia's daring inquiry into the origin of the COVID-19 scourge from the Chinese government

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Australia said it is not afraid of alleged economic coercion and military threats from China, with the country promising not to surrender in its efforts to counter the Chinese government's hegemony of power in Asia.

Giving this warning is Peter Dutton, Australian defence minister, who spoke on Anzac Day, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

COVID-19 Enquiry: Australia Tackles China ver Alleged Economic Coercion Military Threats
Australia says China is making military threats following its COVID-19 enquiry. Credit: Phil Jonah
Source: UGC

Dutton alleged that China is militarising ports around Australia following its capital, Canberra's bold and daring enquiry into the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic which is still claiming lives globally, Yahoo reports.

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While giving orders to the Australian armed forces to turn their attention to nearer shores amid growing threats from China, the defence minister paid tribute to Australians who saved the country from foreign attacks.

"We need to recognize that our region is changing. China is militarizing ports across our region. We need to deal with all of that, and that is exactly what we are now focused on,” Dutton said as he corroborated the position of Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, about China threats.

China has been cutting economic bilateral ties with Australia after the Asian tiger stopped importing barley and beef from the country after the COVID-19 enquiry.

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In a related development, reported that Joe Biden administration described as "unproductive and cynical" the decision by China to sanction some officials of the last Donald Trump-led administration.

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The White House also labelled the sanction as one capable of sowing the seed of rancour and further straining the relationship between the US and the Asian country.

Emily Horne, a national security council spokeswoman said in a statement on Wednesday, January 20, that China's decision which was announced when a new president was taking an oath of office is untimely.


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