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SINGAPORE – Australia and China need to find a common ground despite differences, because former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said the economic relationship between the two is important.
“The economic relationship between Australia and China is so important that there are tensions in that relationship that need to be addressed,” Howard said Wednesday.
The relationship between the two countries is fraught with tension Beijing launches investigation In some wine imports from Australia last month Other actions Import of goods.
“I’m not sure Australia should go down in any way in the context of giving up its relationship with China; this is very important to us. Our exports of goods (iron ore, coal and the like) are very important to the economy,” Howard, who served from 1996 to 2007.
China is also one of Australia’s key trading partners, with the Asian Economic Authority buying most of the goods produced under the Down Under.
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Howard did not mention the study, but stressed the need for Australia to take a balanced approach to its relationship with China – tensions between the United States – a close ally of Canberra – and China.
“I do not think we should be allowed to define who to support between China and the United States. We can have good relations with those two countries, even if they are different kinds, because we are different communities,” he said. .
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“I think the bilateral relationship between Australia and China is something we need to develop in line with our own interests, and of course we remember being part of a group of Western nations that believe in some fundamental values,” Howard added.
Instead, Australia and China need to find some consensus despite having different histories and political systems, he said.
“In these difficult times, especially against the backdrop of an epidemic, it is important to take a consistent approach and find areas of common ground,” Howard said.
Regarding issues surrounding products such as wine, Howard said “let the process work and not exaggerate some of the growing differences.”
China’s dictatorial regime ‘real of life’
Howard said China has taken a very firm stance internationally since the presidency Xi Jinping Inaugurated, its internal political structure has not changed so much – it is now more strictly enforced than in the past.
“China has been a dictatorial country run by the Chinese Communist Party since 1949. It is a fact of life that we must act within it,” he added.
“You can’t expect a country with a fundamentally different political system to agree to change that system, you have to live with it – without agreeing, of course, our own values have no basis in what matters,” he said.
So instead of frustrating the economic ties between the two countries, Australia must maintain its core values while protecting the mutual benefits of the economic relationship with China.
“It’s more than general knowledge, it’s a matter of long-term prudent policy,” he said.
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Australian officials are racing to save hundreds of stranded pilot whales. A third have already died
(CNN)Marine experts and government officials are racing to save hundreds of pilot whales after a mass stranding in Australia, with dozens of the animals already dead.
About 270 pilot whales are stranded
in Strahan, a small town in Tasmania, an island off the southern coast of Australia. They're scattered along two sandbars and the strip of beach, according to the Tasmanian Marine Conservation Program, which is leading the rescue operation."Late yesterday, we had about a third of the animals were already deceased," said wildlife biologist Kris Carlyon at a news conference on Tuesday morning. He added that it was difficult to make a more specific estimate of deaths, since the whales were spread out across a large area
and some locations were inaccessible.
"This is a really challenging event," he added. "In terms of mass strandings in Tasmania, this is up there among the trickiest we've ever had to deal with."
Hundreds of whales are stranded on a sandbank in AustraliaOther potential problems include the unpredictable tide that's washing in, and the possibility that the distressed whales might attract sharks to the area.Read MoreThe rescue teams, numbering about 60 people, include volunteers, police, fish farms and the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. With the clock ticking, they're forced to triage by starting with whales that have the best chance of success, said Carlyon.First, rescuers are going to try to "refloat" the whales by "(shifting) them in water," Carlyon said -- and if that doesn't work, or if it causes the whales to behave erratically, they'll move onto another strategy. The rescue mission will likely take days, raising concerns that the whales might not live that long. But the current weather is keeping the whales wet and cool, which is "ideal," Carlyon said -- if conditions stay like this, the whales can survive a few more days.It's not entirely clear what caused the whales to wash up on shore, though Carlyon added that there have been a few other mass strandings in similar locations. The whales might have been drawn in after feeding close to the coast; or, a few whales may have wandered too close in "simple misadventure," and the rest of the pod followed.
One of the sandbars where the pod of whales washed up in Tasmania, Australia.After rescuers hope to save the remaining whales, they'll have another grim task before them -- moving dozens of whale carcasses from inside the harbor out to sea. Typically when strandings occur, experts prefer to leave the bodies, Carlyon said -- but they can't do that in this case because the area is too close to human campgrounds and activity sites.Officials warned the public to stay out of the area, and not to approach the beach in boats.Tasmania is the only Australian state where mass strandings of whales and dolphins occur on a regular basis, according to the state's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
These mass strandings often involve social species that live together in large groups, according to the department. Pilot whales, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins are the species most frequently stranded.Whales have "very tight family bonds" so if one whale is stranded, others may hear its calls and follow, leading to an entire pod being beached, according to the department.