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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AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE LIMITED, COMMUNIST PARTY (CHINA)

Australian TV presenter Cheng Lei detained in China

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The New Daily – Page: Online : 1-Sep-20

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has confirmed that Australian television journalist Cheng Lei has been detained by Chinese authorities. Payne says official notification of Cheng’s detention was received on 14 August, and that Australian officials spoke to her via video link at a detention centre on 27 August. The Australian citizen works for Chinese state-run broadcaster CGTN. The reason for her detention and the charges she faces are not yet known.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, CGTN

China issues upgraded travel warning for Australia

Original article by Matthew Doran
The New Daily – Page: Online : 14-Jul-20

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ramped up its travel warnings for Chinese citizens planning to travel to Australia. It claims that Australian law agencies have been "arbitrarily" searching Chinese travellers and seizing their property. The Ministry states that there have been increased levels of racial discrimination and violence in Australia, and the nation’s media has been inciting anti-China sentiment. The warning is a further sign of China’s increased hostility towards Australia.

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CHINA. MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Don’t go, Beijing warns students

Original article by Richard Ferguson, Tim Dodd
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 10-Jun-20

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has rejected the Chinese government’s claim that Australia is not a safe destination for international students. China’s Ministry of Education has advised the nation’s students against studying in Australia, claiming that people of Asian appearance have been targeted in ‘discriminatory attacks’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Shadow education minister Tanya Plibersek has supported Tehan’s comments, stating that Australia is one of the safest countries for international students. Beijing also recently advised Chinese tourists against visiting Australia due to allegations of racist attacks.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, CHINA. MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Xi backs down on virus inquiry, pledges $3bn to recovery

Original article by Will Glasgow, Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 19-May-20

Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed to support an independent inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus after it is brought under control. China was under growing pressure to back an inquiry after some 121 of the World Health Organization’s 194 member countries agreed to back a resolution calling for such an inquiry. Xi has also indicated that China will provide $US2bn ($3.1bn) to help with the global response to the pandemic and said that China will ensure that any vaccine it develops is made available globally.

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Miners tipping China’s winter halts to ease

Original article by Peter Ker, Brad Thompson, Mike Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 20 : 28-Oct-19

Fortescue Metals Group COO Greg Lilleyman says China’s annual winter shutdown of industries such as steel-making is likely to have less impact on commodity prices than in recent years. He adds that it is hard to predict the extent of the shutdowns, given that much of the responsibility for implementing the policy to improve air quality has been delegated to provincial governments. South32 CEO Graham Kerr says that some winter production cuts are likely, but he adds that China is also likely to prioritise economic growth.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, WOOD MACKENZIE

Our miracle delivers Aussie dream: China

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 1-Oct-19

China’s ambassador to Australia, Cheng ­Jingye, says China does not want to dominate the world, but to build a better life for its citizens. Speaking on the eve of the 70th anniversary of China’s communist revolution, Cheng said that although China is now the world’s second biggest economy, it could be another 30 years before it can regarded as developed. He says Australia would do well to remember that it has China to thank for its economic success, and that there needs to be greater mutual respect between the two countries.

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China: iron ore import prices too high

Original article by Michael Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 8-Jul-19

The price of iron ore for delivery to China recently peaked at $US126 per tonne. However, the iron ore price retreated on 5 July after the Chinese government indicated that it could intervene after the nation’s steel mills claimed that futures traders are manipulating the iron ore market. The China Iron & Steel Association’s vice-president Qu Xiuli is said to have indicated that the government intends to address ‘irregularities’ that have been identified by the nation’s steel makers. The reports prompted a sharp fall in the share prices of BHP and Rio Tinto.

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CHINA IRON AND STEEL ASSOCIATION, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, MYSTEEL.COM LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE

Rare Earths Battle Looms as U.S. Aims to Counter China Export Threat

Original article by
Bloomberg – Page: Online : 6-Jun-19

The US-China trade war may escalate after China’s National Development & Reform Commission signalled that it will look at imposing export controls on rare earths. The US Commerce Department has responded by releasing a report which outlines a range of options to ensure continued supply of rare earths minerals, which are used in many consumer goods. China accounts for more than 70 per cent of global production of rare earths.

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CHINA. NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND REFORM COMMISSION, UNITED STATES. DEPT OF COMMERCE, CITIGROUP INCORPORATED, MP MATERIALS, LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC, CHINA RARE EARTH HOLDINGS LIMITED, CHINA NORTHERN RARE EARTH GROUP HIGH-TECH COMPANY LIMITED, JL MAG RARE-EARTH COMPANY LIMITED

Palmer urges firmer action against China over coal tests

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 18 : 13-Jul-15

China recently increased stricter standards for coal imports, and is now testing shipments for the presence of trace elements such as fluorine, arsenic and mercury. China has already rejected at least one coal shipment from Australia, and federal MP Clive Palmer says Australia should impose a tariff on iron ore exports to China in response to the new testing regime. Meanwhile, there is speculation that Canada will take the matter to the World Trade Organization.

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WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, CHINA. MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, CANADA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT, ANGLO AMERICAN COAL, WARATAH COAL INCORPORATED, CITIGROUP INCORPORATED