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Industry Leader Calls on Aussie Diplomats to ‘Step Up’ Amid CCP Economic Coercion

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Industry Leader Calls on Aussie Diplomats to ‘Step Up’ Amid CCP Economic Coercion

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A leading Australian industry advocate has called on politicians and diplomats to stand firm and not acquiesce to demands by Beijing amid its aggressive diplomatic tactics and economic coercion, saying Australia risks giving away fundamental values to pacify the communist regime. Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox, in an op-ed in News Corp’s The Australian, said industry had watched the declining bilateral relationship between Australia and China for a decade with concern. He called on foreign policymakers and the diplomatic core to “step up” and do more to help industry, noting that foreign policy sits at the intersection of Australia’s economic and national security. “For too long our foreign policy has been too passive when it comes to supporting Australia’s commercial interests,” he said. “There are countless examples of ambassadors and others declining to help our companies large and small to make connections or conclude deals which would drive growth and …

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