CM – China suspends economic deal with Australia, citing « Cold War mindset »

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China said Thursday it had suspended an economic deal with Australia in an obvious response to Canberra’s abolition of a Belt and Road Infrastructure Pact and threats to reverse a contract to lease Darwin Port to a Chinese company .

Relations between the two sides collapsed after Canberra called for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and banned telecommunications giant Huawei from building Australia’s 5G network.

China – Australia’s largest trading partner – has already imposed tariffs on more than a dozen key industries, including wine, barley and coal, to decimate exports.

In the latest accusation, the strategic economic dialogue between China and Australia was « based on the current stance » of the Australian Government discontinued, said China’s National Development – and Reform Commission in a statement on Thursday, accusing some officials of a « Cold War mindset » and « ideological discrimination ».

Canberra previously announced the deal, which aims to promote trade between the two sides and introduce large Chinese investors one of the « most important bilateral economic meetings with China ».

Last month the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison abolished a Belt and Road deal between Beijing and the state of Victoria.

That of the Chinese President Xi Jinping The signed Belt and Road Initiative is a giant trillion dollar plan for a network of investment and infrastructure across Asia and the world.

Beijing responded with anger at the announcement by the state of Victoria, warning that it would take over the ax to the Deal would do « serious damage » to relationships.

However, critics have claimed the stalemate between the two Pages is a cover for Beijing for geopolitical and financial leverage.

This week, Australia doubled in size by saying that a Chinese company’s controversial 99-year lease for Darwin Port has also been scrutinized and will be scrapped could.

Darwin is the main port on Australia’s north coast, closest to Asia, and a base for US Marines turning in and out of the country.

Secretary of Defense Peter Dutton told the Sydney Morning Herald with that his department had been asked « to come back with some advice » and declined to sell the Chinese company Landbridge for national security reasons.

The deal, signed by local authorities in Australia Northern Territory brokered serious concern in Canberra and Washington, where it was viewed as a strategic commitment.

It was not immediately k lar whether the dispute would affect a China-Australia free trade agreement that went into effect in 2015.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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