Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned that “non-democracy” China has yet to show that it can be “a responsible global player”.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Ms Bishop said this week: “I would like China to be committed to the rule-based order, abiding by the international rules that have guided countries’ behavior since the Second World War.”
She cited China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, one of the world’s most important trading routes, much of which China now claims for itself. In recent years China has been controversially building a series of artificial islands in the region, which the US now says could be used to house missiles.
Ms Bishop also said that China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy – a proposed trading network stretching around the Asia-Pacific – must be for the benefit of the region and not just the interests of China.
Fine words indeed, but if the Australian government is so worried about China’s intentions, why are they letting them buy up all our infrastructure and natural resources?
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