Beijing Joins ASEAN Free Trade Agreement But Blocks Australian Imports
Communist China joined the largest trade deal in history, which covers 30 per cent of the global economy with 15 countries, including Australia. But the regime continues obstructing Australian importers.
Australian wine, timber, barley, sea-food, natural resources importers encountered suspicious controls at the Communist country borders, which appear to be an intentional open violation of the free trade principles. But despite that fact, on Sunday, the Beijing regime has signed another agreement, which may treat as another piece of paper.
India was the only country that did not signed the agreement questioning the terms on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
At least five countries, together with Australia, protested against the violation of the open sea principles of the international community by the Chinese military. Beijing recently granted a right for its Coastal Guard to open fire at the foreign vessels in the vicinity of the artificial islands which it built illegally. Communist China's criminal-like behavior in the Indo-Pacific region raised concerns of three democratic neighbors Australia, Japan, and India. The countries have been increasing their defence readiness while Communist China seems to be preparing for military action.
ASEAN free trade pact opens door to the other Asian countries
But the free trade agreement opens more wildly doors for Australian exporters to the other Asian countries, and it also may help them to diversify sources of its strategic imports diverting them from Beijing.
Trade Minister Senator Simon Birmingham stated that he has no doubts that Australia will benefit from the agreement. The real benefits here are two-fold — one is for our farmers and exporters, they get a more common set of rules across all 15 nations, Mr. Birmingham explained on Sunday.
Beijing has continued its obstruction of the Australian imports that lasted last few weeks admitted Australia Grape and Wine Chief Executive Tony Battaglene stated.
There is no official confirmation of the ban, and we have seen some products going into the market, Mr Battaglene stated.
But he added that many importers are telling to the exporters to stop the operation.
The only thing which is certain is uncertainty, he concluded.
Blurred imports control criteria
Communist China increased the control of the product with compliance measures and more testing. The controllers launched some tests which do not seem to have any purpose. It is unknown how long the obstructions will last, and what kind of product is being allowed or what are the criteria.
In just two-three weeks, Chinese inspectors suddenly assessed that the wineries were illegally subsiding their products, that the same was happening to many other products, including coal, barley, copper ore and concentrate, sugar, and lobster. All of the issues are manufactured and aimed to inflict significant damage to the Australian economy.