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China cannot have it both ways on trade – The Australian Financial Review

Beijing’s tactic of using trade as a political stick against Australia will not impress the rest of the world.



But now it seems that Beijing is openly demanding political compliance, from not just the Australian government, but the free press and academia too. All of this comes from a country that claims to be a defender of the international order, on the basis of “mutual respect”.
Beijings efforts to quieten Australia have been counterproductive. Australia is too accustomed to the familiar litany of claims that Canberra is out of line in the South China Sea or on Huaweis exclusion from Australias 5G network….

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