Oz blamed for ending economic dialogue: China's trade ministry
AUSTRALIA should bear full responsibility for China's suspending indefinitely all activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, said Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng
17 May 2021 - 19:00
This comes after China's powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced it was suspending indefinitely all activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue.
It is the first time that a diplomatic mechanism between the two countries has been frozen on the heels of downward spiraling relations, reported Beijing's Global Times.
Mr Gao said the Australian government has unreasonably suppressed cooperation projects between the two countries, which undermined mutual trust between the two countries and seriously affected the confidence of enterprises to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation.
China urged Australia to treat China-Australia cooperation objectively and rationally, treat Chinese companies fairly, end misconduct that interferes with economic and trade cooperation between the two, and take action to promote the healthy development of China-Australia relations.
The NDRC said earlier that that the suspension decision was based on the current attitude of the Australian government toward China-Australia cooperation, as some Australian officials recently 'launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia out of Cold War and ideological discrimination,' said the NDRC.
In April, the Australian government, in what viewed as a provocative action against China, revoked the agreements signed between the Australian state of Victoria state and China on the Belt and Road Initiative.
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