Last Updated:

Chinese Govt May Stop Talking To Australia If Canberra Continues Treating It As A Threat

A Chinese embassy official has warned Canberra of a boycott by its ministers in Beijing if Australia continues to see China as a "threat" and not "opportunity".


A senior Chinese embassy official has warned Canberra of a total boycott by its ministers in Beijing if Australia continues to see China as a "threat" and not as an "opportunity". According to The Guardian, the Chinese official, while speaking on condition of anonymity, said that ministers in Beijing won't answer phone calls from their Australian counterparts unless Canberra amends its view of China. 

Read: China Warns 'action' Against UK, Australia For Condemning Removal Of Hong Kong Lawmakers

Ministerial-level talks between Chinese and Australian officials have remained ceased since early this year over a broad range of issues, including Beijing's alleged meddling in Canberra's internal affairs and Australia's stand on Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. 

The official reportedly blamed Australia for deteriorating relations between both sides and urged the Morrison government to discard its Cold-War mentality in order to see China as an "opportunity" and not a "threat".  

Read: China Says Australia Should Know How To 'establish Healthy Relationship' As Tensions Rise

Australia-China relations

Relations between Australia and China have suffered major blows in the recent past but particularly soured after Canberra called for an independent inquiry into the COVID-19 outbreak that originated from Wuhan later in 2019 and subsequently spread across the world. China, which is Australia's largest trading partner responded by targetting billions of dollars worth of Australian exports.

Read: China 'will Actively Consider Joining' Landmark Free Trade Pact Dumped By Trump: Jinping

China had recently said Australia should know what it needs to do to improve the relationship, adding Beijing has always upheld a pragmatic attitude when it comes to dealing with its trade partners. The Chinese side also defended its measures against Australian products, saying more than 10 Chinese investments have been rejected by Canberra citing "ambiguous and unfounded national security concerns". 

Read: China Borrows At Negative Interest Rate As Europeans Seek To Invest In Its Growing Economy

First Published: