2019: Australian intelligence providers conclude that China was answerable for a cyber-attack on Australia’s parliament and three largest political events within the run-up to a Could election.
April 2020: Australian PM Scott Morrison begins canvassing his fellow world leaders for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Britain and France are initially reluctant however greater than 100 nations ultimately again an investigation.
April 15: Morrison is likely one of the few leaders to voice sympathy with Donald Trump’s criticisms of the World Well being Group, which the US president accuses of bias in the direction of China.
April 21: China’s embassy accuses Australian overseas minister Peter Dutton of ‘ignorance and bigotry’ and ‘parroting what these Individuals have asserted’ after he known as for China to be extra clear concerning the outbreak.
April 23: Australia’s agriculture minister David Littleproud requires G20 nations to marketing campaign in opposition to the ‘moist markets’ that are widespread in China and linked to the earliest coronavirus instances.
April 26: Chinese language ambassador Cheng Jingye hints at a boycott of Australian wine and beef and says vacationers and college students may keep away from Australia ‘whereas it is not so pleasant to China’. Canberra dismisses the risk and warns Beijing in opposition to ‘financial coercion’.
Could 11: China suspends beef imports from 4 of Australia’s largest meat processors. These account for greater than a 3rd of Australia’s $1.1billion beef exports to China.
Could 18: The World Well being Group backs a partial investigation into the pandemic, however China says it’s a ‘joke’ for Australia to assert credit score. The identical day, China imposes an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley. Australia says it could problem this on the WTO.
Could 21: China proclaims new guidelines for iron ore imports which might enable Australian imports – normally value $41billion per yr – to be singled out for further bureaucratic checks.
June 5: Beijing warns vacationers in opposition to travelling to Australia, alleging racism and violence in opposition to the Chinese language in reference to Covid-19.
June 9: China’s Ministry of Schooling warns college students to think twice about finding out in Australia, equally citing alleged racist incidents.
June 19: Australia says it’s underneath cyber-attack from a overseas state which authorities sources say is believed to be China. The assault has been focusing on trade, faculties, hospitals and authorities officers, Morrison says.
July 9: Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong and gives to increase the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers who’re already in Australia over China’s nationwide safety regulation which successfully bans protest.
August 18: China launches 12-month anti-dumping investigation into wines imported from Australia in a serious risk to the $6billion trade.
August 26: Prime Minster Scott Morrison proclaims he’ll legislate to cease states and territories signing offers with overseas powers that go in opposition to Australia’s overseas coverage. Analysts mentioned it’s aimed toward China.
October 13: Commerce Minister Simon Birmingham says he is investigating reviews that Chinese language customs officers have informally instructed state-owned steelmakers and energy vegetation to cease Aussie coal, leaving it in ships off-shore.
November 2: Agriculture Minister David Littleproud reveals China is holding up Aussie lobster imports by checking them for minerals.
November 3: Barley, sugar, pink wine, logs, coal, lobster and copper imports from Australia unofficially banned underneath a directive from the federal government, based on reviews.
November 18: China releases weird file of 14 grievances with Australia.
November 27: Australian coal exports to China have dropped 96 per cent within the first three weeks of November as 82 ships laden with 8.8million tonnes of coal are left floating off Chinese language ports the place they’ve been denied entry.
November 28: Beijing imposed a 212 per cent tariff on Australia’s $1.2 billion wine exports, claiming they have been being ‘dumped’ or bought at below-cost. The declare is denied by each Australia and Chinese language importers.
November 30: Chinese language overseas ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao posted a doctored picture displaying a grinning Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan little one. The transfer outraged Australians.
December 12: Australian coal is added to a Chinese language blacklist.
January 11, 2021: Australia blocks $300million development deal that might have seen state-owned China State Building Engineering Company takeover Probuild. The bid was blacked over nationwide safety considerations.
February 5, 2021: China confirms Melbourne journalist and single mom Cheng Lei has been formally arrested after being detained in August, 2020.
February 23, 2021: China accuses Australia of being in an ‘axis of white supremacy’ with the UK, USA, Canada and NZ in an editorial.
March 11, 2021: Australia is accused of genocide by a Communist Get together newspaper editor.
March 15, 2021: Commerce Minister Dan Tehan introduced he needs the World Commerce Organisation to assist mediate discussions between the 2 nations over the commerce dispute.