2019: Australian intelligence concludes that China is accountable for a cyberattack towards the Australian parliament and the three largest political events within the run-up to the Could elections.
April 2020: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison begins to attraction to his fellow world leaders for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Britain and France are initially reluctant, however greater than 100 nations finally help an investigation.
April 15: Morrison is without doubt one of the few leaders to specific sympathy for Donald Trump’s criticism of the World Well being Group, which the US president accuses of bias in the direction of China.
April 21th: Chinese language Embassy accuses Australian Overseas Minister Peter Dutton of ‘ignorance and bigotry’ and ‘repeating what these Individuals mentioned’ after calling on China to be extra clear in regards to the outbreak.
April 23: Australia’s Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is looking on G20 nations to marketing campaign towards ‘moist markets’ that are widespread in China and linked to early instances of coronavirus.
April 26: Chinese language Ambassador Cheng Jingye hints at a boycott of Australian wine and beef and says vacationers and college students would possibly keep away from Australia ‘whereas it is not so pleasant with China’. Canberra rejects the menace and warns Beijing towards “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 $1.1 billion beef exports to China.
Could 18: The World Well being Group backs a partial investigation into the pandemic, however China says it is a ‘joke’ for Australia to say credit score. On the identical day, China imposes an 80% tariff on Australian barley. Australia says it may problem this on the WTO.
Could 21: China pronounces new guidelines for iron ore imports that would enable Australian imports – normally value $41 billion a 12 months – to face extra bureaucratic checks.
June 5: Beijing warns vacationers towards touring to Australia, alleging racism and violence towards Chinese language in reference to Covid-19.
June 9: China’s Ministry of Training is warning college students to suppose twice earlier than finding out in Australia, citing equally alleged racist incidents.
June 19: Australia says it’s below cyberattack from a international state which authorities sources say is China. The assault focused business, colleges, hospitals and authorities officers, Morrison mentioned.
July ninth : Australia is suspending the extradition treaty with Hong Kong and providing to increase the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers who’re already in Australia as a consequence of China’s nationwide safety legislation which successfully bans protests.
August 18: China launches 12-month anti-dumping investigation into wines imported from Australia, a serious menace to the $6 billion business.
August 26: Prime Minister Scott Morrison pronounces that he’ll legislate to forestall states and territories from signing agreements with international powers that run counter to Australia’s international coverage. Analysts mentioned it was concentrating on China.
October 13: Commerce Minister Simon Birmingham mentioned he was investigating reviews that Chinese language customs officers had unofficially informed metal mills and state-owned energy stations to cease Australian coal, leaving it in ships offshore sides.
November 2: Agriculture Minister David Littleproud reveals China is holding again Australian lobster imports by checking for minerals.
November 3: In line with reviews, imports of barley, sugar, purple wine, logs, coal, lobster and copper from Australia have been unofficially banned below a authorities directive.
November 18: China releases weird file of 14 grievances with Australia.
November 27: Australia’s coal exports to China fell 96% within the first three weeks of November as 82 ships loaded with 8.8 million tonnes of coal floated off Chinese language ports the place they have been denied entry.
November 28: Beijing has imposed a 212% tariff on Australia’s $1.2 billion wine exports, saying they have been “dumped” or bought beneath price. The request is rejected by Australian and Chinese language importers.
November 30: Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao launched a doctored picture exhibiting a smiling Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan youngster. This choice outraged Australians.
December 12: Australian coal is added to a Chinese language blacklist.
January 11, 2021: Australia is obstructing a $300 million development deal that will have seen state-owned China State Building Engineering Company take management of Probuild. The provide was withheld for nationwide safety causes.
February 5, 2021: China confirms that 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, US, Canada and New Zealand in an op-ed.
March 11, 2021: Australia is accused of genocide by a Communist Celebration editor.
March 15, 2021: Commerce Minister Dan Tehan has introduced that he desires the World Commerce Group to assist mediate talks between the 2 nations over the commerce dispute.
April 21, 2021: Overseas Secretary Marise Payne pronounces that Australia has deserted Victoria’s controversial Belt and Street Settlement with China utilizing new veto powers.
Could 6, 2021: China is indefinitely suspending all strategic financial talks with Australia, blaming the Morrison authorities’s perspective in the direction of the connection. The transfer cuts all diplomatic contact with Beijing as a part of the Sino-Australian Strategic Financial Dialogue, freezing talks between key officers beneath ministerial degree.
June 22, 2021: China is attempting to ‘ambush’ Australia by pushing it to formally declare the Nice Barrier Reef ‘at risk’
September 15, 2021: Australia, the UK and the USA announce the AUKUS safety pact which can give the Australian navy nuclear-powered submarines to counter China’s rising aggression within the Indo-Pacific. This choice arouses seething anger in Beijing.
March 24, 2022: Particulars of an rising memorandum of understanding that would enable Beijing to station warships on the Solomon Islands, simply 1,000 miles off the Australian coast. Canberra warns it’s “involved about any motion that destabilizes the safety of our area”.
April 25, 2022: Protection Minister Peter Dutton warns on Anzac Day that the resurgence of Russia and China means Australia have to be on a battle footing. “The one strategy to protect peace is to arrange for battle and be robust as a rustic,” he mentioned. “We’re in a interval similar to the Nineteen Thirties.”
April 27, 2022: Dwelling Secretary Karen Andrew mentioned China is prone to ship troops to the Solomon Islands and use the row to derail Australia’s federal election. She mentioned Beijing was “clearly very conscious that we’re on the federal marketing campaign path proper now.”
Could 13, 2022: Protection Minister Peter Dutton pronounces that the Australian Military is monitoring a Chinese language spy ship 250 nautical miles northwest of Broome, Washington, close to Naval Communications Station Harold E Holt. The sighting was largely seen as a pre-election stunt.
June 5, 2022: A Chinese language fighter jet intercepts an Australian spy aircraft with a “harmful manoeuvre” on Could 26 and particulars are revealed weeks later.