PORT Lincoln has prospered and developed because of trade initiated by the fishing industry.
However, when it is reported that “we need the Chinese market, whether you love them or not” (Port Lincoln Times, 7/5/20), questions arise.
It is not a matter of loving China but more to do with a two-way respect with our trading partners.
If the dollar is the only factor in trade, the escalating concern is – particularly in South Australia – that we have too much produce in one Chinese basket.
Agriculture and mining is also delivering quality goods. In return, we have substandard food, clothing, etc, and have sacrificed our manufacturing for cheap items. Have we already sold the golden goose to China?
History reflects that this situation, should it arise, inevitably impacts the lower socioeconomic group rather than the decision-makers.
Trading with a monopoly whose culture and value system is vastly different from ours has inherent risks. Are we prepared to continue encouraging growth regardless?
SUE OLSEN, Port Lincoln