The Communist Party of China has imposed hefty tariffs and threatened other measures on some Australian exports after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus outbreak.
Other Chinese copycats
There are many other cases where the Chinese have quite blatantly ripped off the designs of other models.
Check out some of our articles on this topic at the end of this article.
As an example, how about this BMW G 310 GS knockoff from Chinese company Everest.
They claim the global market is flooded with replicas of their classic scooters from China, India and Thailand.
The Chinese seem immune to international trade laws that bind other countries and their latest blatant ripoff is an electric Honda Goldwing.
We all know the Chinese make cheap copies of well-known brands and many of us probably have a Gucci belt made of plastic in a sweatshop in China.
However, they have also made a lot of copies of bigger and more expensive products such as cars.
Some of the cars these manufacturers have copied include the Range Rover Evoque, Smart ForTwo, Hummer, Porsche Cayman, Audi A6, Jeep Cherokee, BMW X1, Rolls-Royce Phantom and MINI Cooper.
Some car manufacturers tried to stop them copying their cars, but failed in an obstructive and partisan legal system, so they formed alliances with Chinese companies to make their products for the local market.
Like the car makers, Honda has formed an allegiance with one of the knockoff companies in China to make their bikes for the local market.
The pandemic has caused a severe setback to globalised manufacturers because of the al-pervasive Chinese element in their supply chain.
We wonder how many manufacturers will now source components from other countries other than China.
Japan is even given tax breaks to companies that remove Chinese components from their supply chain.