Whenever China wants something from us, they hold a press conference and start talking about common interests and mutual respect. But if we dare to offer the slightest hint of pushback they immediately lash out.
Just this week a mining company controlled by the Chinese government said Australians were “xenophobic” for challenging their bid to buy up Newcastle Port. This is outrageous and hypocritical coming from a country that has been so rudely arrogant towards us. Take these four times:
1. Australian “food is very bad and the people are fat”
Warm words from Yue Baode, a senior figure at the Chinese state-owned Yanzhou Coal Group, which owns the miner trying to buy a huge stake in Newcastle Port. If successful, this deal will mean China has significant control over all aspects of the port’s operations.
Mr Yue had been in Australia for three weeks to learn about our tax and legal system, and amazingly, made the comments to the Australian press.
2. Australians are “prejudiced” for caring about human rights
Ahead of a state visit from the Chinese Premier, Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang warned last week that Australia needed to “discard ideological prejudice and take the right approach to China.”
Translation: keep quiet about human rights and sign this contract. The comments were seen in diplomatic circles as a ‘sharp rebuke’ for Australia, after Julie Bishop said that China still needed to show it could be a “responsible global player”.
3. Australia is an “offshore prison on the fringes of civilization”
When Aussie swimmer Mack Horton (correctly) referred to his Chinese competitor Sun Yang as a doper at the Rio Olympics, the government-run Chinese press went into overdrive.
Editorials in Chinese newspapers blasted us as a nation of convicts “tinged with barbarism” and prone to committing “uncivilized acts”. They also said we were insecure about about being “second-class citizens” compared to the US and UK.
4. Australia is an “ideal target” to attack
When an international tribunal ruled against China’s claim that it has a God-given right to most of the South China Sea, we – along with the US and Japan – calmly called on China to accept the verdict.
Once again, Beijing resorted to bullying. Government-run newspapers started threatening war with Australia and said we would be an “ideal target to warn and strike”. Referring to a Chairman Mao phrase for dismissing foreign powers, one editorial said: “Australia isn’t even a “paper tiger, it’s a paper cat”.
Clearly as far China are concerned, the Australian-Sino relationship is not a partnership of equals. For our own security, it’s vital that we DO NOT hand over any more national assets and give them more economic leverage. It’s time to block China’s buy-up.
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