Relations between China and Australia have been on a downward spiral since April when Canberra called for an independent international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, and analysts do not expect a thaw in the near future. Photo: AFP Relations between China and Australia have been on a downward spiral since April when Canberra called for an independent international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, and analysts do not expect a thaw in the near future. Photo: AFP
Relations between China and Australia have been on a downward spiral since April when Canberra called for an independent international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, and analysts do not expect a thaw in the near future. Photo: AFP

Explainer |
As Australia-China ties spiral downward, why is Lee Kuan Yew’s warning a talking point?

  • With Beijing and Canberra engaged in a flurry of inquiries, bans, scrutiny of deals and detentions, questions of when ties will hit rock bottom loom large
  • A Chinese tabloid resurrected late Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew’s warning that Australia risked becoming ‘the poor white trash of Asia’

Topic |   China-Australia relations
Relations between China and Australia have been on a downward spiral since April when Canberra called for an independent international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, and analysts do not expect a thaw in the near future. Photo: AFP Relations between China and Australia have been on a downward spiral since April when Canberra called for an independent international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, and analysts do not expect a thaw in the near future. Photo: AFP
Relations between China and Australia have been on a downward spiral since April when Canberra called for an independent international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, and analysts do not expect a thaw in the near future. Photo: AFP
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