Australian ambassador to the US calls on Western countries to 'push back' against China

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Ambassador to the US Arthur Sinodinos said Australia and its allies will continue to 'push back' against a more aggressive China despite the threat of further economic pain.
Western allies need to 'push back' against a more aggressive China despite the threat of further economic pain, Australia's man in Washington warns.

Ambassador to the US Arthur Sinodinos told the Hudson Institute in an online forum that Beijing is 'lashing out' at countries that are in any way critical of the increasingly authoritarian regime under Present Xi Jinping.

But in a massive show of force, the British Royal Navy is preparing to send the largest naval fleet 'in a generation' to the South China Sea, in a move sure to infuriate the Communist Party.

the British military are preparing to send the largest naval fleet 'in a generation' to the South China Sea, in a move set to infuriate the Communist Party. Pictured: the HMS Queen Elizabeth

Australia and its allies will continue to 'push back' against a more aggressive China under Xi Jinping (pictured left), Ambassador to the US Arthur Sinodinos (right) said.

Over the past year China has slapped over $20 billion worth of arbitrary trade bans and tariffs on Australian exports as punishment for calling for an independent inquiry into the origins of the Covid pandemic - which first appeared in Wuhan in 2019.

The Communist Party is also furious at Australia for speaking out on China's human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, banning Huawei from the National Broadband Network and scrapping Beijing's Belt and Road infrastructure deal with the Victorian government on the grounds of national security concerns.

'We've had a few bumps in the relationship in recent times and I think that's a function of Beijing being more assertive and aggressive in projecting its power in the region and countries like Australia pushing back,' Mr Sinodinos said.

'The relationship has reached a certain equilibrium and it's bumping along the bottom.'

Australia enjoyed a cozy relationship with China in years gone by, focusing on trade and economic cooperation while simultaneously strengthening its security and defence…
Levi Parsons, By Levi Parsons For Daily Mail Australia
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