Almost four years after holding the most powerful position in the world, the time when US President Donald Trump was in power has entered its final chapter.
The rule of power will be changed for those elected by the president Joe Biden On January 20, Mr Trump wants to make a lengthy impression on US foreign policy, which will be felt long after the door to the Oval Office is finally closed.
One of the key elements of Trump’s drive to leave a lasting legacy is his efforts to ensure it. America is tough Ann China, Even after the Biden administration accepted responsibility for foreign policy.
This campaign is defined by the strengthening of diplomacy and by various approaches Military relations with Taiwan And other U.S. allies to form a multinational consensus on how to occupy Chinese operations.
As part of the renewed drive, the Trump administration has turned its attention to the punitive trade measures that Beijing has taken against Australia.
Beijing’s activities Targets billions of dollars a year in Australian exportsCoal, wheat and the like are generally seen as an attempt to push the Morrison government into a more comfortable position towards Beijing.
As a result, senior Trump administration officials say they are pushing for new drastic measures against Beijing, which could end in an informal Western alliance that could collectively retaliate if China targets a member’s trade with Beijing.
“China is trying Subjugate countries by extreme economic coercion, ”Said a senior official. “Western nations need to develop a system for collectively absorbing economic sanctions from China’s forced diplomacy and offsetting costs.”
Australia-China trade war
Australia was not the first Chinese trading partner to find itself in cross-chairs to adequately accommodate Beijing’s demands. Beijing has also targeted trade with Seoul in a controversy over the placement of a THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) air defense system on South Korean soil.
In that one-sided trade conflict, the South Korean auto, tourism and entertainment industries were targeted, among other things, at a cost of billions of dollars to Seoul.
Beijing’s sheer breadth and size, despite other countries facing China’s anger over trade in the past Targeting Australia’s exports In the words of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, “they are all granddaughters”.
Under the Trump administration’s proposal, the Allies would buy or compensate Chinese allies for refusing to import Chinese goods from any member of the informal coalition. Alternatively, the coalition may collectively agree to impose tariffs on China to offset lost trade.
Uniting against China
As it stands, this group of countries working together to oppose Chinese trade is at its ideological stage. Some countries do not want to provoke Beijing’s anger at such a move, while others may increasingly oppose the use of tariffs in the free trade world.
It may also face opposition within the plan Freshly made Biden administration, Those who want to take a different course of action in its operations with Beijing than to continue with the current situation.
However, in an interview with ABC earlier this week, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pointed out: “In response to China’s muscle crackdown, China poses a real danger of linking allies, the United States and Australia in a broader act of solidarity. In issues like this. “
Uncertainty surrounding the position of the new US administration to Australia and the Morrison government significantly complicates matters.
In recent days, tensions between Beijing and Canberra have continued to rise as China continues. Campaign attack Against Australia’s international reputation.
Many want the trade relationship between Australia and China to return to normal, and at this time such heated tensions will not be so easily resolved.
Consider Beijing 14-item list of grievances with Australia, It would be challenging to say that any attempt by the government to mend the relationship between Australia and China is minimal.
Beijing’s list of shortcomings includes a number of key points, which, of course, are red lines that Australia refuses to back down, namely:
Foreign Our foreign political interference laws
China talks about China’s expansion in the South China Sea
Federal veto power to terminate state or local government agreements with foreign governments
These are just a few examples of the sticking points in the relationship between Beijing and Canberra.
This move by the Trump administration to form a broad coalition of like-minded countries to oppose Chinese trade measures may disappear before it is completed, which also represents an opportunity.
Australia must seize every opportunity to gain international support in its unilateral trade dispute with China, while failing to heed China’s actual laundry list to Beijing’s satisfaction.
In the end, Australia does not have a Delorian with a flux capacitor that can go back in time and prevent the nation from relying on Beijing. It is therefore imperative that Scott Morrison and our future leaders look for ways to enhance Australia’s influence in trade with Beijing.
By continuing the alliance of like-minded countries that share Australia’s values and wanting to retreat against China, the government may begin to take decisive action to safeguard Australia’s future prosperity.
Toric Brooker is a freelance journalist and social commentator VAvidCommentator