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Liz Truss: China’s economic coercion of Australia a wake-up call to other states

Liz Truss: China’s economic coercion of Australia a wake-up call to other states
Ms Truss said London and Canberra were determined to act together in ‘calling out’ Beijing.

The Foreign Secretary has said China’s “economic coercion” of Australie was a “wake-up call” to other countries.

Chine – which had been Australia’s top trading partner – introduced tariffs and other trade actions against the country on barley, vin, beef, seafood and coal exports when the relationship between the two nations soured in 2020.

Liz Truss mentionné: “The situation with Australia – the economic coercion we saw – was one of the wake-up calls as to exactly what China was doing and the way it was using its economic might to try to exert control over over other countries”.

Elle a ajouté: “I think there was a belief in the past that as China got wealthier, it was headed on a path towards becoming a freer, more democratic society. The reality is that hasn’t happened.

“In the late 90s, the Chinese economy was a 10th the size of the États Unis economy. We’re now in a situation with a China with a much bigger economy (that’s) much more able to coerce other nations.

“And as I’ve said, we’ve looked to Australia as we formulate some of our policies around how we deal with these issues.”

Ms Truss said the UK and Australia were determined to act together in “calling out China” when it blocks products from Lithuania or imposes “punitive tariffs on Australian barley and wine”.

Elle a ajouté: “It is estimated that 44 low-to-middle income countries have debts to Pékin in excess of 10% of their GDP. We’re responding on all of these fronts, and we’re strengthening our supply chains by taking our economic ties with like-minded nations to new heights.

“We took a huge step forward by signing our free trade agreement with Australia in December. This is a world-class deal that will remove all of the tariffs on goods, both ways.

“It’s going to be easier for our people to live and work in each other’s countries, particularly those under 35. And we’re building on this by working with Australia to join the Trans Pacific Partnership, reinforcing reliability of supply through one of the largest free trade areas on Earth.

“We’re also working together to provide low and middle-income countries with honest and reliable alternative sources of investment.”