Australia’s economic dependency on China ‘will not change’, says former ambassador to Beijing

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Australia is likely to keep suffering economic harm from “repeated rounds of Chinese economic coercion” and needs to find a way to reset the relationship, a former ambassador to Beijing has warned.

Seafood exporters are the latest industry group to report disruptions in accessing the Chinese market and Geoff Raby, the Australian ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, said Australia needed China more than the other way around.

Raby, in an interview with Guardian Australia, argued that Australia had joined itself at the hip with the United States over the past few years in seeking to resist China’s rise – an approach he believed went against Australia’s interests.

That is despite the Morrison government’s assertions – including at high-level talks in Washington in July –…

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