In an attempt to terrorize countries and prevent them from demanding an investigation into the source of Corona, China has begun to implement an almost economic boycott of Australian products after the latter demanded an investigation into the virus crisis, according to CNN.
China stopped accepting beef from four major Australian slaughterhouses on May 12, citing health problems, and five days later, tariffs of over 80% were imposed on Australian barley imports as part of an anti-dumping investigation.
China is Australia's largest trading partner so far, with total trade between the two countries amounting to more than $ 214 billion in 2018, and since Australia faces the true possibility of a recession associated with the virus, it needs this economic relationship now more than ever.
Anti-Australian rhetoric has escalated in the Chinese media, and experts say deep cracks are emerging in relations between the two countries.
The Chinese ambassador to Australia Chen Jingyi responded to the Australian foreign minister's remarks to investigate the origin of the virus, saying that the Chinese people themselves may carry out a boycott of Australian products.
However, the Australian Foreign Ministry responded by summoning the Chinese ambassador, accusing him of using "economic terrorism", and after less than a month, it appears that the campaign to punish Australia is proceeding apace.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is the first international leader outside the United States to call for a formal investigation into the origin of the Coronavirus, and for those responsible to be held accountable for the crisis.
The Bloomberg newspaper also quoted sources as saying that Chinese officials have prepared a list of possible future targets for revenge, including Australian seafood, oats and fruit.
For his part, former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said in an interview with National Radio Australia on Tuesday that China's move against Australian barley appears to be a "punishment" for the country's move to push for an international investigation into the source of the virus.
He added: "My full experience with China is that they will try to pressure you as hard as they can ... I am sorry about the barley growers but at least we did not bend and give in on our side and we have the investigation we wanted."
Experts see Australia as a test balloon, and some have asked whether a liberal democracy with close commercial ties to the authoritarian regime in Beijing can maintain an independent foreign policy?
For decades, Canberra has been stuck between economic relations with a rising China and its long-term security relations with the United States. The vast majority of Australia's exports to China are raw materials such as iron ore, coal, gold, and wool, to fuel the country's rapid economic growth, while importing large quantities of consumer goods And technical components.
However, relations between the two sides began to deteriorate in 2017 when Australia introduced new large-scale security legislation aimed at suppressing foreign interference in domestic politics, which Beijing believed was directly targeting it.
In late April, Andrew Hasty, a prominent member of the government of the ruling National Liberal Alliance, posted a petition on his website calling on the government to "take action on Australian sovereignty."
He said: "The Corona Virus pandemic revealed the true cost of over-reliance on an authoritarian regime like China for our economic security and prosperity."