Senator Matt Canavan of Queensland fears that Australia’s relationship with China “will never be the same” and says that seeking alternative trading partners is necessary for the region.
The assertion comes as the Asian superpower declined to apologise for a false photo posted on Twitter of an Australian solider by a top government official.
Mr. Canavan claims that “diversify trade relationships” is time for Australia, stating that China is not behaving “like a friend”
“Of course it will be ideal if we could go back to how the relationship was, but I fear that’s not going to be the case,” he told Today.
“What we must now do is to as soon as possible diversify our trade relationships to find business, to create business with friends not bullies.
“The way the Chinese government has been acting is not one of a friend. We shouldn’t want to stay in business with that type of government and country for too long.”
On Friday, just weeks after the country levied 14 complaints against Australia, China imposed tariffs of 212.1 percent on Australian wine.
Decisions to ban Huawei from the launch of the 5G network, international intervention rules, and calling for an investigation into the roots of COVID-19 are at the top of the list.
To compensate for the tariffs, Mr Canavan said Australia should place a tax on iron ore.
“Why don’t we put a levy on our iron ore exports and make China pay for that compensation?” Mr Canavan asked.
“They need our iron ore it’s the one commodity they haven’t touched because they can’t get it anywhere else and we export so much to them. A small levy would pay off all the exporters hurting from the tariffs.”