Activities Suspended under China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue
- May, 06, 2021 - 12:27
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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – China said on Thursday that it has decided to indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue jointly held by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and relevant Australian ministries.
"Recently, some Australian Commonwealth Government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia out of Cold War mindset and ideological discrimination," said the statement published on the NDRC website.
"Based on the current attitude of the Australian Commonwealth Government toward China-Australia cooperation, the NDRC of the People's Republic of China decides to indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue," it said, CGTN reported.
Bilateral relations between the two countries have soured since last year when Australia imposed anti-dumping duties on some Chinese products and multiple incidents of discrimination against Chinese students were reported in Australia.
The decision was made following Australia's canceling of two cooperation deals between its state of Victoria and China under the Belt and Road Initiative last month.
Launched in 2014, the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, an important mechanism under China-Australia Annual Prime Ministerial Meeting, serves as a crucial part to consolidate bilateral relations. The two sides had been using the dialogue to strengthen economic ties by conducting strategic dialogues on the key areas of the economy and investment.