China's prohibition of Australian exports as ordered by city blackouts
In urban areas across the world, China's decision to banish Australia and block critical exports has real implications.
In Changsha, the tall skyscrapers started glowing.
More than 7 million persons have no street lights in Hunan's provincial capital.
Lifts have been shut off and staff have been forced to climb tens of step flights in freezing cold to the workplace.
Fabrics cut working hours by up to 80 percent in Yiwu, a city of 1.2 million in the Far East of China. The streets are dark as employees leave in the night.
The issue is twice as large. The first part of the issue is that the worst of the COVID-19, with power supply heavily for fuel consumption during the winter, has emerged in China, with temperatures below zero in many regions.
The second part of the issue is that Australian coal has been banned by China.
The Beijing decision followed a month-long feud that saw China banning exports of marine products into wine and wood.
The list of 14 complaints China sent to Australia is related to it. The top of the list is the calls by the Morrison government for an independent investigation into the source and spread of the coronavirus that appeared in Wuhan in early 2020.
China treated the view of Australia as an insult and behaved. Because, amid repeated attempts by Aussie to put an end to the tense stand-off, President Xi Jinping has not spoken with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
However, as China enters a harsh winter, strain from inside can also occur.
Dear citizens and companies that use how much energy have implemented electricity laws, the Financial Times reports that hundreds of Chinese cities and at least four provinces have.
"There is enough importation curb to change the industrial landscape," said one of China's largest energy groups.
„Because of its higher quality, many local power stations depend on Australian coal and are now considering an alternative troubly," said the chinese Huadian company director.
The New York Times estimates that Australian coal prohibition would have a surprising effect, given the "free fall" ties of the two countries.
"As for Australia, the origin of the coronavirus first appeared in China has also been asked. China, however, has blocked Australian coal imports, leaving large ships trapped on the sea," reports Times.
China denies that a ban on australian coal is exacerbating the situation, but the Australian energy insider from China said: "You can't claim to have made any contribution to that inappropriate relationship between China and Australia."
It is also stated in the South China Morning Post that, as of October, coal prices have soared as from May last year. The Chinese National Reform Development Committee's spokesperson says that: "We have seen coal prices increase recently, and it has caused widespread society concern."
Professor James Laurenceson, director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at UTS, spoke at news.com.au earlier this month about the current predicament faced by China and said that the more constraints were placed, the more likely it became to be Beijing to harm its own interest.
"This would be Australia's most hurtful of iron ore, for example, but if China hit that, she would even shoot herself more," he said.
Dr Pradeep Taneja, who lectures in Chinese politics and international affairs at the University of Melbourne, told ABC last month that China is aware of what it is doing, which is possibly followed by more blockades.
"China's strategy is to target Australian suppliers who will then make a little noise, and will remain in the news," he said.
"I believe Australia was pretty limited. From Australia, we saw no repressions. Since it's one-sided, we have no trade war. There must be a breakthrough in the end of the day."
Later in November, when an official of the Chinese Government released a picture of an Australian soldier who killed an Afghan boy. Relationships became all-time low.
The photo was used to disappoint Australia after a fatal report claiming that Australians in Afghanistan had committed war crimes.
Mr Morrison requested Beijing's apology, but no excuses were due.
The Global Times, one of China's most vocal outlets in state media, has written that Chinese relations with Australia are deteriorating.
"With regard to issues that involve China's key interests and major concerns, which is widely regarded as the root cause of the relationship to its lowest point, Australia has repeatedly used wrong words or deeds," she wrote.