2019: Australian intelligence services conclude that China was responsible for a cyber attack on Australia’s parliament and three major political parties in the run-up to May’s elections.
April 2020: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison begins recruiting 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 AprilMorrison is one of the few leaders to sympathize with Donald Trump’s criticism of the World Health Organization, which accuses the US president of bias toward China.
April 21: The Chinese Embassy accuses 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 23Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud calls on the G20 countries to campaign against the ‘wet markets’ common in China and linked to the first cases of coronavirus.
26 AprilAlluding 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 beef exports to China.
May 18: The World Health Organization supports 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 announces new rules for iron ore imports, allowing imports from Australia – which are usually worth $ 41 billion a year – for additional bureaucratic controls.
5 June: Beijing warns tourists not to travel to Australia because of racism and violence against the Chinese in connection with Covid-19.
June 9: The Chinese 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: Trade Minister 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 Aussie lobsters by checking 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 a manipulated 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.
January 11, 2021: Australia is blocking a $ 300 million construction deal that would have seen state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation acquire Probuild. The offer was obfuscated due to national security concerns.
February 5, 2021: China confirms that Melbourne journalist and single mother Cheng Lei has been formally arrested after being detained in August 2020.
February 23, 2021: China accuses Australia of being in an ‘axis of white supremacy’ with the UK, US, Canada and NZ in an editorial.
March 11, 2021: Australia is accused of genocide by a newspaper editor of the Communist Party.
March 15, 2021: Trade Minister Dan Tehan announced that he wants the World Trade Organization to help mediate discussions between the two countries over the trade dispute.
April 21, 2021: Secretary of State Marise Payne announces that Australia has scrapped Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road deal with China using a new right of veto.
May 6, 2021: China indefinitely suspends all strategic economic talks with Australia, blaming the Morrison government’s stance on the relationship. The move severed all diplomatic contacts with Beijing under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, freezing discussions among key officials below a ministerial level.