Australia and Japan will join forces to counter Beijing’s economic hardship, as both countries continue to lose patience with China’s aggressive international behavior.
In a statement After a joint virtual meeting on Wednesday, Australia and Japan’s foreign ministers Marise Payne and Motegi Toshimitsu and defense ministers Kishi Nobuo and Peter Dutton announced that both countries’ would commit to coercion and destabilization of behavior by undermining economic means, which is the rules-based international system. ”
Japan and Australia became increasingly concerned about China’s behavior, as both countries were on the receiving end of Beijing’s struggling struggle to become a world power.
Australia experienced increasing levels of economic coercion from the Chinese communist regime through the use of trade tariffs on eight major exports, including wine, beef, barley. At the same time, Japan was increasingly forced to defend its territorial waters against Chinese incursions using coastguard ships and whatever was called a maritime militia – a point made by Japan and Australia in the joint statement and pointed out that they also strongly against the coercive and destabilizing behavior that China has shown in the Eastern and South China Seas.
“We object to China’s maritime claims and activities in violation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” the statement said. “We strengthen our strong opposition to any destabilizing or coercive unilateral action that could alter the status quo and increase tensions.”
The allies also called on Beijing for its human rights violations against Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
Australia uses alliances as backlash against red China continues
The joint statement comes a week after New Zealand and Australia issued a statement declaring their support for each other and also following the statement by the United States that they will still have Australia’s back, which to the Socialists in Beijing indicates that the liberal democracies Indo-Pacific will stand together in the midst of increasing pressure for power and domination.
But will that be enough to show Beijing that recent behavior in the Pacific has gone overboard?
James Laurenceson, director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology in Sydney, is of the opinion that the Chinese Communist Party currently no longer thinks it should function according to the rules of the international system.
“China feels like its power has reached a level that it simply does not have to give in to the wishes of other countries,” Laurenceson said.
But he noted that it would not increase tensions with increasing aggression as it would crystallize a hard-balancing coalition against China that would make it more difficult for Beijing to achieve its domestic and foreign policy goals. ‘
Laurenceson believes the best response to the growing aggression from Beijing is that countries continue to prioritize strong ties built on mutual trust.
Mike Green, Foreign Policy Analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tell The Australian was “astonishing how aggressive Xi Jinping and the CCP became.”
“It seems that China’s assessment is that they have a window of five to ten years to capture their leadership position in Asia, which explains why they have all been under pressure at the same time: Australia, India, Taiwan, Japan, ‘Green said.
Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese regime, responded to the statement by tell both countries would stop lifting the “threat of China” and accuse them of “maliciously slandering China.” He urged Australia and Japan to abandon the basic norms of international relations, without explaining his comments.