China eyes defense ties reboot with Australia despite Taiwan tensions

Wednesday, China’s Ambassador to Australia asked both countries to work harder to resume the paused defense ties and at the same time he swiped over Canberra’s response to Taiwan’s weekend election. 

Xiao Qian ignored the concerns regarding Nauru breaking diplomatic ties with Taiwan this week and he also pointed to Japan for a naval incident that happened last year where Australian divers got injured by sonar, which was connected to a Chinese warship earlier. 

Chinese-Australian military cooperation and relations have been sourced over calls and the Australian prime minister has declared an independent investigation to find the origins of Covid-19. One of the diplomats said they would like to see more engagement and interactions between the defense people of both countries. 

Xiao said that there was the presence of a third-country boat during the naval incident. He added that Australian colleagues could find out the truth behind the incident. He attacked a statement from the Australian Foreign Ministry that appreciated Taiwan’s president-elect and said that the Taiwanese people are exercising their democratic rights peacefully. 

Xaio said that they strongly oppose the statement by the government on China’s local election. He added that nothing would change regardless of what happens in Taiwan. Taiwan belongs to China and is accountable to China. China-Australia relations haveimproved over the last year, with Beijing backing out of its many punitive trade barriers. 

Both countries are now having productive communication and making vital developments in resolving trade barriers including tariff lifting on Australian Wine, Xiao added. He requested Australia for duty-free entry of Chinese wind towers. When asked about the timing of disagreement for wine duties, Xiao said he expect in coming months all the processes will be finished and both countries will come to the conclusion. 

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