China targets another hard-working Australian industry by slamming luxury produce as 'inferior' and encouraging millions to buy fruit
China targets another hard-working Australian industry by slamming luxury produce as ‘inferior’ and encouraging millions to buy fruit from Chile instead – as Beijing refuses to accept $1billion of our coal floating offshore
- China calls Australian cherries ‘inferior’ in propaganda newspaper article
- It’s the latest industry to get caught in the cross hairs of the Communist Party
- It comes after Beijing said it would not allow Australian coal to be unloaded
Australia’s world-renown cherry producers have been slammed by Beijing becoming the latest industry to be get caught in the cross hairs of China.
It comes as the authoritarian state also said it would not allow nearly eight million tonnes of Australian coal floating on 73 ships to be unloaded after months of being held up with unofficial arbitrary bans.
The Chinese government has targeted billions of dollars worth of Australian exports – including barely, wine, beef, seafood, copper, cotton and timbre – to punish Canberra calling for an independent inquiry into the Communist Party’s handling of the coronavirus crisis back in April.
Scott Morrison (pictured right) and the Australian government are locked in bitter feud with Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured left) and his Communist Party administration
A newspaper controlled by the Communist Party featured an article spouting the ‘inferior’ taste of Australian cherries compared with other markets.
‘The share of Australian cherries in Chinese market … has dropped due to the inferior quality of the product given the reserved seasonality,’ fruit traders allegedly told the propaganda publication Global Times.
‘The taste and quality of Australian cherries is not as good as it once was.
‘Chilean cherries have the largest share in Chinese market, with better quality and lower price.’
Over the past nine months Beijing’s opaque regime has used unofficial bans and arbitrary complaints punish Australia over a litany of diplomatic spats.
As well as calling for WHO virus investigators to be given the same wide-reaching powers as UN weapons inspectors in Wuhan, Australian officials have also been vocal about Beijing’s crackdown on democracy advocates in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang Province.
Soaring tariffs have also been imposed on a number of goods like wine and barely.
More to come.
The blockage is latest escalation of trade tension between the two countries (pictured, port in Nanjing China)