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What will the turbulent relationship between Australia and China be like under the new Prime Minister?

What will the turbulent relationship between Australia and China be like under the new Prime Minister? 0
What will the turbulent relationship between Australia and China be like under the new Prime Minister? 0

(Dan Tri) – Scott Morrison’s election as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister on August 24 is not expected to bring much change to the important, but often tense, relationship with China.

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison and predecessor Malcolm Turnbull (Photo: EPA)

Before a `tumultuous` week in Australian politics occurred, leading to former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull losing confidence in the ruling Liberal Party and Mr. Scott Morrison being elected as the new prime minister, Mr. Morrison had not yet shown himself clearly.

In his first press conference as prime minister-elect on the evening of August 24, Mr. Morrison said issues such as jobs, immigration and party unification will be his top priorities in the upcoming term.

However, what Mr. Morrison did when he was still Minister of the Australian Treasury as well as the fact that he was one of former Prime Minister Turnbull’s closest allies has partly shown how the new Australian Prime Minister will handle things.

Policy with China

What will the turbulent relationship between Australia and China be like under the new Prime Minister?

Mr. Morrison spoke at a meeting (Photo: AFP)

Under former Prime Minister Turnbull, Mr. Morrison was a key member of the Australian government in proposing new laws to combat foreign interference earlier this year.

Within the powers of a minister, Mr. Morrison, a conservative politician in the ruling party, both advocates promoting stronger economic cooperation with China and blocking Chinese investments.

Recently, while temporarily holding the position of acting Australian Home Affairs Minister, Mr. Morrison on August 23 implicitly announced that telecommunications company Huawei, China’s technology `giant`, would be banned from participating in the

According to the Australian government, the use of equipment from telecommunications service providers may create vulnerabilities in the national telecommunications network, thereby facilitating intrusion or unauthorized interference.

China’s Ministry of Commerce immediately criticized the Australian government’s move, describing it as evidence of Australian government interference in legitimate business activities of enterprises.

In 2016, when he was still head of the Treasury, Mr. Morrison blocked China State Grid Corporation and Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure Company (CKI) from buying a controlling stake in Ausgrid, the distribution network.

In 2017, Mr Morrison proposed new rules forcing foreign property owners, mainly Chinese, to pay fees if their homes in Australia are left vacant for half a year or more.

Cooperation with China

What will the turbulent relationship between Australia and China be like under the new Prime Minister?

Chinese people in Australia hang flags and banners to welcome the visit of the Chinese Prime Minister to Australia (Photo: Shutterstock)

While wary of China on some issues, Mr. Morrison still criticized economic populism and called for closer cooperation with Beijing – Australia’s largest trading partner at the present time.

In a speech to the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy in 2016, Mr. Morrison warned of a `huge threat` when populists demand restrictions on immigration and foreign investment.

Responding to the Australian Financial Review magazine earlier this year, Mr. Morrison said that both countries in the US-China trade war should show `common sympathy` to avoid escalating tensions and causing serious economic damage.

This month, former minister Morrison also gave a speech mentioning the potential economic link between China and Australia.

“As China’s middle class continues to grow richer, we can take advantage of these opportunities to drive growth in services exports and create more jobs in the years to come,” Mr. Morrison said.

When he was Treasury minister, Mr. Morrison visited China many times to promote trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent congratulations to new Prime Minister Morrison and affirmed that Beijing’s policy on the relationship with Australia has always been `consistent and clear`.

Although China did not comment on the scandals occurring in Australian politics that led to the departure of Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, Mr. Morrison’s ascension to the prime minister’s position is considered more beneficial to Beijing than the former Cabinet minister.

Chinese state media once described Mr. Duttton as a copy of US President Donald Trump.

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