'We will be the enemy': China issues stunning threat to Australia

'We will be the enemy': China issues stunning threat to Australia

While the United Kingdom and New Zealand have been relatively restrained in their actions against China, the Global Times said, Canada and Australia have been "willing to act as Washington's little lackeys".

In his most direct comments on the multi-billion dollar diplomatic dispute to date, Dr Lowe said it was in the economy's interest for the relationship between Australia and its largest trading partner to get back on track.

Chinese global relations are continuing to strain as Australia makes a military pact with Japan and Trade Minister Simon Birmingham claims a Joe Biden Presidency won't do much for China and the U.S.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The in-principal agreement has been made between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, who has flown to Tokyo.

His efforts are being reinforced by Trade Minister Simon Birmingham.

Japan is committed to maintaining and deepening its 60-year-old alliance with the U.S.as the cornerstone of its diplomacy and security, but has in recent years sought to complement its regional defense by stepping up cooperation with others, especially Australia, amid China's growing maritime activity that has spread from the East and South China seas and beyond.

The Chinese paper said Beijing's relationship with the USA will only worsen if Joe Biden's Five Eyes partners encourage Washington to continue its anti-Chinese actions.

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Japan and Australia said they also shared concerns about the East China Sea and the former British colony of Hong Kong where China has imposed a strict new national security law, clamping down on dissent.

The Morrison government continues to justify its positions on its disagreements with China and believes Beijing has repeatedly misinterpreted Australia's position on those matters, believing the latest list of complaints is unreasonable.

Both countries have agreed "in-principle" on a defence pact which will strengthen military cooperation amid rising tensions with China.

"The root cause of China-Australia relations worsening to the current level of difficulty is that some people in Australia regard China's development as a threat and have taken a series of wrong moves based on a Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice", Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

"China has benefited from our natural resources exports and we have benefited from its manufacturing imports", he said.

The two leaders were expected to discuss an agreement regarding joint exercises between Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the Australian military, and exchange views on coronavirus measures and climate change.

In a sign the government is attempting to separate economic outcomes from security and military ones, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Wednesday Australia stood ready to engage in "respectful and beneficial" dialogue with the Chinese Communist Party. We "expressed serious concerns", read the statement.

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