Australia needs to reset the relationship with China and stay cool
The Australia-China bilateral relationship is based on strong economic and trade complementarities, a comprehensive program of high-level. With Australia-China bilateral relations at close to a year low, the Turnbull government would do well to reflect on what the past year's. Related Story: Trade Minister heads to China as football diplomacy breaks the ice. Australia's relationship with China is not in crisis — but.
ByChinese students were arriving in Australia to study in that year alone. An Australian trade commissioner was briefly stationed in China in In the mids, conflict between China and Britain surrounding the Canton—Hong Kong strike created tensions between China and Australia as a dominion of Britain as well.
Following the Northern Expedition in China, greater political unity within China bolstered the Chinese Consulate-General's confidence in criticising Australian laws that discriminated against the Chinese; they were supported domestically by a resolution at the ruling Kuomintang's Third National Conference in Australian rules against Chinese residents and visitors were relaxed in response, including making it easier for Chinese nationals to visit or study in Australia.
The Consulate-General was reorganised and moved to Sydney, with sub-consulates opened in other key cities. Various Chinese officials visited Australia. As a mark of respect, he was given a seat on the floor of the House of Representatives. Frederic Egglestonwho previously headed the Commonwealth Grants Commissionwas appointed the first minister to China in ChongqingChina's war-time capital, while Hsu Modeputy foreign minister, was appointed the first minister to Australia.
The United Kingdom proposed in that Britain, Australia and New Zealand should simultaneously recognise the new government. However, the Australian and New Zealand governments were concerned about electoral repercussions at a time when Communism was becoming a more topical issues, and did not do so immediately.
Although Ben Chifley 's Labor government preferred to be realistic about the new Chinese government and would have supported its admission to the United Nations,  it lost the election. The British government went ahead with the recognition of the PRC alone inbut the United States withheld recognition.
However, fromAustralia refused to accept ambassadors from the ROC,[ citation needed ] and for many years Australia did not send an ambassador to Taiwan. From as early asthe Australian government's Department of External Affairs was recommending the recognition of the PRC, but this advice was not politically accepted.
While the Labor Party 's official policy from was that Australia should follow the examples of Britain and France in recognising the PRC, on the basis that the ROC was unlikely to recover the mainland,  the Liberal Party-led Coalition played up the perceived threat of a Communist China for electoral advantage, including the support of the anti-Communist Democratic Labor Party. As part of this political strategy, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt explicitly recognised the continuing legitimacy of the ROC government in Taiwan inby sending an ambassador to Taipei for the first time.
As opposition leader, Gough Whitlam visited China in before Henry Kissinger 's historic visit on behalf of the United Statesand in Decemberafter Whitlam's victory in that year's federal election, Australia established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, and Australia ceased to recognise the Republic of China government of Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan.
The establishment of relations with "Red China" roused great excitement in Australia. Since the Chinese economic reforms initiated by the late Deng XiaopingChina has benefited from significant investment in China by Australian companies for example, future Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had set up the first Sino-foreign joint venture mining company in China inwhile Australia has benefited from the Chinese appetite for natural resources to modernise its economy, infrastructure and meet its growing energy demands.
Australia subsequently won and Sydney hosted the Olympics. Eight years later, China hosted the Beijing Olympics in Australia is one of the few countries in the world during the global financial crisis that was not in recession.
Its continued economic growth due to that period is partly attributed to large demand and long term strong fundamentals from China. The national security department of China accused the Australia intelligence agency of trying to collect information from overseas Chinese, and even encouraging them to subvert Chinese government. Although Hong Kong, as a special administrative area of China, cannot conduct its own foreign affairs, consular and economic representations exist.
Australia—Taiwan relations While Australia no longer recognises the Republic of China as the legitimate government of China or Taiwanunofficial relations are maintained between Australia and Taiwan.
The Taiwan government operates the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia, which fulfills most of the functions of an embassy and consulates at an unofficial level. Chinese Australian Australia has been a haven for Chinese migrants for centuries who have, in the modern day, established themselves as a significant minority group in Australian society. The China-Australia relationship had encountered "difficulties" in recent months, said Wang Yi.
The source of blame though was clear. It was, "due to the Australian side".
China country brief - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Beijing takes Australia to task It's not hard to guess what he's talking about. Beijing has been angered by the Government's legislation to crack down on foreign interference — legislation which is largely aimed at China's increasingly sophisticated attempts to flex its muscles within Australia's borders.
There are also longstanding tensions over Australia's stance on Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea, as well as Canberra's attempts to hedge against China's meteoric rise in our region. But Wang Yi had a solution. Australia "must break away from traditional thinking," he said: The tabloid mused about a range of punishments which could be inflicted on Australia, each more horrible than the last.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is due to visit China later this year, but the trip "will not be necessary", the paper declared blithely.
Malcolm Turnbull insists he has a good relationship with China and its leader, President Xi Jinping centre. Malcolm Turnbull China could also cut off trade with Australia — perhaps by freezing imports of wine and beef. Of course, if China really wanted to use economic coercion, then it could inflict massive pain on Australia.
Australia–China relations - Wikipedia
Restricting the flow of Australian iron ore to China — or the stream of Chinese tourists and students to Australia — would have enormous ramifications. But Beijing has taken none of these steps, and there's no concrete evidence it's seriously contemplating them.
So far the signs of displeasure — a go-slow on diplomatic exchanges, public scoldings — are largely symbolic. And while the Global Times is a state-owned newspaper, it's best to think of it as a weapon, not a window into the deliberations of China's top leaders.
Fergus Ryan from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the Chinese Government uses the Times to create uncertainty and shape behaviour in English-speaking countries. Threats are cheap to make, but they can shape behaviour effectively. As Fergus Ryan puts it — "if they can get the message across in this way, then perhaps they won't have to resort to pulling those levers.