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Western Australian leader laments lack of ‘praise’ for China from eastern state

Western Australian (WA) Premier Mark McGowan praised the state’s relationship with the Communist Party of China (CCP) and lamented the country’s lack of praise from Australia’s eastern states for its trade relations with China.

His comments come amid ongoing tensions in Australia-China relations, including Beijing-inspired foreign intervention, industrial-scale cyber-attacks and economic coercion.

“This is a big part of the economic and cultural success of our state and our country for 50 years,” he said at a ceremony on October 1 to mark the nd2nd anniversary of the founding. CCP hosted by the China Australia Business Council in Perth.

Also present were Mining Magnet and billionaire, Andrew Forrest.

“Where would the country have been, but for our strong economic performance in Western Australia?” He said, according to ABC. “And I think it probably needs to be better appreciated in the eastern states of Australia.”

McGowan also spoke of the WA’s role in supporting the national economy during the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic, which was severely damaged by lockdowns, health restrictions and border closures.

“A large portion of our exports go to China, in fact, the majority, and we are the country’s largest exporter,” he said, noting that the WA kept key export industries open during the epidemic. “Those who don’t export much to other states don’t really get it.”

Long Dingbin, the Chinese consul general at the WA, said he had seen McGowan’s “strong leadership” in bringing the epidemic under control within six months of his arrival in Perth (April).

“And I am very happy to see that we have a strong relationship between China and Australia,” he told attendees.

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“I think we should all do something for the 50th anniversary,” he said. “Let us join hands in a relentless effort for a smooth and healthy development of Sino-Australian relations, which is beneficial to both of us, as well as to the Asia-Pacific region.”

About 54.7 percent of WA’s exports go to China, surpassing Japan, the state’s largest trading partner so far, the second largest trading partner, receiving only 8.4 percent of exports.

China’s demand for iron ore and rising mineral prices have been a boon to state funding, which has helped keep Australia’s economic performance in check amid ongoing COVID-19-related restrictions.

It has instilled confidence in the McGowan government to continue a “eradication” or zero-cod strategy to deal with any virus outbreaks, including immediate closure of borders with passengers in the states where the infection occurs.

Strategy, and rhetoric have proven popular – tapping into separatist tendencies in the state – and in part contributing to the Labor government’s landslide victory in the March election.

McGowan’s latest criticism comes as the federal government has tightened its grip on CCP aggression in the region, including in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait.

Federal ministers, including the prime minister, defense minister and foreign minister, have worked to strengthen foreign alliances to continue working with the new Aukus agreement and the Quartet security alliance.

Meanwhile, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian governments had limited activity in foreign policy, with the exception of the Victoria Belt and Road Initiative, with Beijing being the largest “eastern state”.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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