On May 14, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and stressed that the US would help Australia deal with economic coercion from China, according to Reuters.
|Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (left) holds talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: Mr. Blinken’s Twitter.|
Speaking at a joint press conference, Mr Blinken said the US would not leave Australia alone “to face economic coercion from China”.
Blinken said China’s actions against America’s closest partners and allies “will hinder prospects for improving US-China relations”.
“I repeat that the United States will not leave Australia alone on the field, in the face of China’s economic coercion,” Foreign Minister Blinken said.
“We have repeatedly told China how such actions against our closest partners and allies will hinder improvements in our relationship with China.” – Mr. Blinken emphasized.
Washington has repeatedly criticized what it says is Beijing’s attempt to bully neighbors with competing interests, and US President Joe Biden has sought to strengthen ties with allies in India-Thailand. Binh Duong to counter China’s growing power.
However, in its efforts to stand by its allies, the Biden administration did not elaborate on how it would help Australia fight its economic confrontation with China.
China has imposed a series of trade sanctions on Australian exports, from wine to coal, as tensions between the two countries have worsened in recent years. China’s trade restrictions cost the country’s exporters about $20 billion last year. Most recently, at the beginning of this week, Australian media reported that liquefied natural gas (LNG) may be the next product of this country to be restricted from being imported into the Chinese market.
Australia was one of the first countries to publicly ban “Chinese tech giant” Huawei from its national 5G network over security concerns. Last year, Australia also angered Beijing by calling for an independent investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
Speaking at a press conference, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia wanted to maintain constructive relations with China, but “will not compromise on issues of national security or sovereignty and will continue to take action to protect it.”
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne is on a visit to the US, the final stop on a two-week tour of Europe, Afghanistan and the US.