Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks throughout a press convention in the Prime Ministers courtyard on December 11, 2020 in Canberra, Australia.
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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison reshuffled his cabinet on Friday, naming a new trade minister and appointing a high-profile critic of China, beforehand barred from visiting Beijing, as assistant defense minister.
Australia is embroiled in a worsening diplomatic dispute with China that has seen Beijing impose trade reprisals after Australia restricted overseas funding, legislated in opposition to overseas interference, and barred Huawei from its 5G community.
Australia’s agriculture sector has borne the brunt as dumping tariffs have been imposed on barley and wine, and Chinese imports of beef, timber and seafood halted.
A cabinet reshuffle on Friday noticed the important thing position of trade minister taken over by Dan Tehan, who Morrison mentioned had “a eager sense of the actual pursuits of regional Australia in an open, rules-based buying and selling system.”
Former particular air companies captain Andrew Hastie, who headed a parliamentary intelligence committee, was appointed assistant defense minister.
Hastie has led a casual group of backbench Australian politicians generally known as the “Wolverines,” who maintain anti-communist views that are extra strident than the Morrison authorities’s place.
In November 2019 Hastie was barred from visiting China due to his criticism of the Chinese Communist Party, he mentioned in a press release on the time.
The Chinese embassy mentioned Hastie ought to “repent.” The embassy had beforehand issued statements saying it deplored Hastie’s “China risk rhetoric.”
Hastie’s workplace declined to touch upon the appointment.
Former Trade Minister Simon Birmingham was named the finance minister in October.