A US military expert has warned Beijing could hurt Australian companies if the government continues to defy the Chinese Communist Party.
The leader of the US military’s Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral Philip Davidson, yesterday told the Lowy Institute in Sydney that China could use Australia to show its ability to punish economic partners that criticise Beijing.
“Beijing has shown a willingness to intervene in free markets and to hurt Australian companies simply because the Australian Government has exercised its sovereign right to protect its national security,” he said.
He noted recent trade blockages at Chinese ports of Australian exports such as coal, as well as Australia’s recent decision to ban Huawei from the 5G network.
“It speaks extraordinarily ill of China and serves as a warning to all nations of the kind of economic retribution they take when they dislike another nation’s diplomatic or security response,” he said.
Mr Davidson also expressed concerns over…