Beijing’s bully diplomacy mushrooming

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 2 : 1-Sep-20

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has identified 152 examples of non-military coercion by the Chinese Communist Party in the last 10 years, of which 17 were directed at Australia. The ASPI found that state-issued threats were the most common form of coercion, with trade and tourism restrictions being the second most common. The ASPI notes that the federal government’s call in April for an investigation into the origins and handling of COVID-19 was the ‘trigger’ for a number of coercive actions by the CCP, including a state-based threat of economic retaliation by Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye, and trade restrictions on barley and beef.


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