During a five-day visit to Sydney, Chinese soldiers were spotted while loading their warships with baby formula.
Three Chinese warships, packed with 700 sailors, made an unannounced visit to Sydney Harbor on Monday morning.
The purpose of the visit was questioned by members of parliament, with skeptics saying that Beijing was showing its military power amid growing tensions in the Pacific.
But an extraordinary photo published in the The Australian suggested that there was a more innocent reason for the input.
It showed uniformed soldiers carrying dozens of boxes with A2 platinum and Aptamil formula in a truck that then returned to China aboard one of the ships.
Chinese soldiers were spotted by loading their ships with baby food after a five-day visit to Sydney
The purpose of China's visit was soon questioned in the midst of increased concerns about Beijing's growing military influence. Despite the creepy presence, naval officers were towed dozens of boxes of A2 platinum and Aptamil formulas on board. Pictured: Baby formula
Baby food has been a highly sought-after product in Australian supermarkets in recent years. On the photo: shopper fills trolley with baby formula
The Australian baby formula has been a highly sought after product in China in recent years following a milk scandal in 2008.
Melamine, an industrial chemical, was found in locally made milk and baby food, which led to the death of six children.
After the scandal, Chinese people turned to international markets for the formula, which led to a lucrative trade for Chinese Australians who sent the product home.
Coles and Woolworths were forced to enter a two-tin limit to meet demand after customers had stacked their trolleys to the edge of the product.
The limits have not always been complied with, with troubled customers who often find bare shelves and empty boxes sprawled on the floor.
The baby formula crisis has even led to a number of heated blow-ups in aisles in supermarkets where shoppers have faced others because they have ignored the limit.
The baby formula crisis follows the 2008 milk scandal in China. Melamine, an industrial chemical, was found in locally made milk and baby food, which led to the death of six children. Pictured: thin shelves at an Australian supermarket
The baby formula crisis has even led to a number of heated blow-ups in aisles in supermarkets where shoppers have faced others because they have ignored the limit. Pictured: chaos while customers look for baby food
Smart shoppers and syndicate groups, known as Daigou or foreign personal shopper, sell the formula to residents of China, where they can raise the price to double the selling costs.
China & # 39; s dependence on the Australian baby formula is expected to decrease in the coming months, after the increased tensions in trade with the US will cause China to focus more on domestic production.
By improving the quality of their baby formula at home, Chinese officials hope they will not be dependent on American products that often.
As the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission released a report last week on their plans to improve the house formula, Australian producers noticed a fall in stock prices.
China & # 39; s dependence on the Australian baby formula is expected to decrease in the coming months, after the increased tensions in trade with the US will cause China to focus more on domestic production. Pictured: Chinese warships arrive in Sydney on Monday
The three Chinese warships, which were full of 700 sailors dressed in uniform, made an unannounced visit to the port of Sydney on Monday morning.
A2 shares fell by 7.1 percent while Bellamy recorded a fall in share prices by 8.9 percent.
The three Chinese ships left Sydney on Friday afternoon after their stopover at the naval base Garden Island.
Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in the Solomon Islands that the stop was in place for a while.
He said it was a mutual visit after Australian naval vessels recently visited China, including HMAS Melbourne, when it recently participated in 70-year jubilee celebrations for the PLA Navy.
Large supermarkets Coles and Woolworths were forced to enter a limit of two tons after customers had stacked their trolleys to the edge of the product
The limits have not always been complied with, with troubled customers who often find bare shelves and empty boxes sprawled on the floor
& # 39; It might have been a surprise to others, but it certainly wasn't a surprise to the government & # 39 ;, Mr. Morrison told reporters.
& # 39; (The Chinese ships) returned from drug trafficking operations in the Middle East and that is a further demonstration of the relationship we have. & # 39;
& # 39; I think that every reading of the timing can be subjected to a little over-analysis. & # 39;
Mr. Morrison rejected suggestions that the timing is controversial, which came on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
The & # 39; secret visit & # 39; came just days after it was revealed that a Chinese warship had confronted an Australian ship in the South China Sea with Australian helicopter pilots targeting lasers.
It was the first time that People & # 39; s Liberation Army ships have visited Sydney since 2017.
The warships had arrived on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989 (depicted in the Chinese warship)
The three ships sailed from Sydney on Friday afternoon, after a four-day stopover at the naval base Garden Island (depicted in a Chinese warship)
It was the first time that People & # 39; s Liberation Army ships have visited Sydney since 2017
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