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China is trying to flex it's muscles against Australia

Placing prohibitive tariffs on so many of our exports to their Country.
At least this time around, Australia is starting to stand up to them, instead of Kowtowing to them as in the past.
The Government has referred China to the World Trade Organisation for it's Tariffs on our Barley imports.
Australia is stating that China is going against the terms of the World Trade Organisation.
I am pleased we a taking a stand.
Australian producers are going to be hurt big time with Tariffs so high that it is uneconomical to export product to China.
Many producers will go under because of China's Belligerence.
Come on World, Stand up to China and say, No More.
Bushranger · 61-69, M
My main issue with this whole thing is that we've placed pretty much all our eggs in the China basket. Sure, they were a good cash cow but sending raw materials to predominately one country wasn't such a good idea in hindsight. And don't get me started on why we aren't doing a lot more in terms of renewable energy.
@Bushranger One of the things that's stood out to me is that the trade agreement with China seemed to be very much one way, as in China's interest far more than ours. Like even with investments, China can invest in property, even buying our ports but there's little Australians can purchase in China. Hopefully this all makes things a little less one sided.
Bushranger · 61-69, M
@SW-User Australia has always been a price taker in world trade. We were never really big enough to set prices. Without a big domestic market, manufacturing industries can't get big enough to be sustainable either locally or internationally. But, and it's a pretty big but, we should still be able to value add some of our products. Metallurgic coal is one example; coke being lighter than coal should be cheaper to transport and also have a higher value to the end user. Research into alternatives, such as hydrogen for both transport and steel making should be a priority (hydrogen isn't the only option, but the first one that comes to mind). We have huge swathes of land that can be used to produce electricity to make hydrogen which can then be exported as well as used locally. Yes, it's currently not cost effective, however, with increased use prices should come down.

There's lots of additional options that would help our country as well as providing viable export opportunities. But we need a leadership that is willing to consider those options, not be fixed on a coal/natural gas economy.
@Bushranger Good points you make and i really like the idea of us producing hydrogen from solar. That really makes sense to me.
wintersecret · 41-45, M
India has been facing too much of such issue from China almost all the time
@wintersecret I hope they (India) snaffle all of chinas bizz. And become the manufacturing hub.. 🕺🏻👍
wintersecret · 41-45, M
@TheOneyouwerewarnedabout yeap India is trying the same.
DeWayfarer · 61-69, M
I kind of agree with you, yet the South American countries are the problem here. Cheap labor, little to no cost for transport and seemingly unlimited resources which will cause eventually more climate change. 😔

They are destroying their own rain forests just to create more crop lands.
Bushranger · 61-69, M
@DeWayfarer Capitalism at it's finest 😔
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Gusman · 61-69, M
@RightSaidFred Gusman's topics ensure civil conversation.
Under threat from Gusman that should anyone show the slightest inclination to opposing Gusman's position, then Gusman would thump them so hard, they would end up in the middle of next week.
Thus, civil conversation assured. No one want's to rile Gusman, who's offsider is that Tornado of Destruction, Taz.
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Past month China had destroyed Australias meat export and now coal export..
the elitist media? *crickets*

Nows the time to buy that TP and supplies. something big is a coming
helenS · 36-40, F
I hope our politicians won't be cowards. We need to stand together. 🇪🇺
Gusman · 61-69, M
@helenS If Countries took a Multilateral stand against China then they may be able to make a difference.
Though I suspect there are too many "Poorer" Countries that want China's Money.
Even our own Victorian Government has signed up to the Belt and Road Initiative. Treasonous, in my book.
helenS · 36-40, F
@Gusman [quote]Treasonous, in my book. [/quote]
Agree with you.
And I'm afraid some European politicians may say "Ah great Australia is out so we are in." 😐
revenant · F
They got Canada already
@revenant soon the US with Biden
revenant · F
@Stargazer89 Beijing Biden,,,unfortunately

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