Australian art gallery forced to remove paintings by Chinese leaders such as Batman and Winnie the Pooh


2019: Australian intelligence services conclude that China was responsible for a cyber-attack on the Australian parliament and three major political parties in the run-up to the May election

April 2020: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is starting to recruit his fellow world leaders to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Great Britain and France are initially reluctant, but eventually more than 100 countries support an investigation.

15 of April: Morrison is one of the few leaders to have expressed sympathy for Donald Trump’s criticism of the World Health Organization, which accuses the US president of bias toward China.

April 21: The Chinese Embassy has accused Australian Secretary of State Peter Dutton of “ignorance and bigotry” and “parrots what those Americans claim” after calling on China to be more transparent about the outbreak.

April 23: Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is calling on the G20 countries to campaign against the ‘wet markets’ common in China and linked to the earliest cases of coronavirus.

26 April: Alluding to a boycott of Australian wine and beef, Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye says tourists and students may avoid Australia “while it is not so friendly to China.” Canberra rejects the threat and warns Beijing of “economic coercion.”

11 May: China suspends beef imports from four of Australia’s largest meat processors. These account for more than a third of Australia’s $ 1.1 billion in beef exports to China.

May 18: The World Health Organization supports a partial investigation into the pandemic, but China says it is a ‘joke’ for Australia to claim credit. That same day, China imposes a tariff of 80 percent on Australian barley. Australia says it can challenge this at the WTO.

21st of May: China is announcing new rules for iron ore imports, allowing imports from Australia – which are usually worth $ 41 billion a year – to be singled out for additional bureaucratic controls.

5 June: Beijing warns tourists not to travel to Australia due to racism and violence against the Chinese in connection with Covid-19.

June 9: China’s Ministry of Education warns students to think carefully about studying in Australia, citing alleged racist incidents.

June 19: Australia says it is under attack by a foreign state that government sources say is China. The attack targeted industry, schools, hospitals and government officials, Morrison said.

July 9: Australia suspends the extradition treaty with Hong Kong and offers to renew the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers already in Australia due to China’s national security law effectively prohibiting protest.

August 18: China initiates a 12-month anti-dumping investigation into wines imported from Australia, posing a major $ 6 billion threat to the industry.

August 26: Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that he will legislate to prevent states and territories from entering into agreements with foreign powers that go against Australia’s foreign policy. Analysts said it targets China.

October 13: Commerce Secretary Simon Birmingham says he is investigating reports that Chinese customs officials have informally told state steel producers and power plants to put Aussie coal in and leave it in ships offshore.

November 2nd: Agriculture Minister David Littleproud reveals that China is holding back imports of Australian lobsters by controlling them for minerals.

November 3: According to reports, imports of barley, sugar, red wine, logs, coal, lobster and copper from Australia have been unofficially banned under a government directive.

November 18: China publishes a bizarre file containing 14 grievances against Australia.

November 27: Australia’s coal exports to China fell 96 percent in the first three weeks of November as 82 ships loaded with 8.8 million tons of coal remain afloat in Chinese ports where they have been denied access.

November 28: Beijing imposed a 212 percent tariff on Australian wine exports of $ 1.2 billion, claiming they were “dumped” or sold below cost. The claim is denied by both Australian and Chinese importers.

November 30: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao posted an edited image of a grinning Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child. The move infuriated Australians.

12 December: Australian coal is added to a Chinese black list.

December 24: China suspends imports of Australian timber from NSW and WA after local customs officials say they found pests in the cargo.