‘Hostile’ attitude shows Aussie envy of China

By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/6 22:48:40

Australia's "hostile" attitude toward China is a result of its envy of China's successful pattern, Chinese experts said after a series of anti-China events occurred in Australia in the past months.

"Some Australian media have repeatedly fabricated news stories about the so-called Chinese influence and infiltration in Australia. Those reports, which were made out of thin air and filled with Cold War mentality and ideological bias, reflects the typical anti-China hysteria and paranoia," the spokesperson said in a statement on the embassy's website.

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis on Monday told Parliament of new laws that will be introduced this week to strengthen investigation of espionage. He said the Australian intelligence agency has some concerns about the Chinese people's interference in the political process there, AFP reported.

An Australian TV program in June called "Power and Influence: How China's Communist Party is infiltrating Australia," claims how Beijing is actively "manipulating" the Chinese community in Australia, including Chinese students and Chinese-language media, to expand its influence in the country, which "poses a direct threat to our nation's liberties and its sovereignty."

Yu Lei, a research fellow at the Oceania Research Center of Sun Yat-sen University, denied these groundless accusations, saying that with economic ties between China and Australia growing closer, it is easy to spot the Chinese presence in Australian society, but China has no intention of influencing Australian politics.

Australia's hostility comes from its envy of a rising and strong China and the success of the Chinese pattern, so it tries to constrain China's influence by exerting pressure on public opinion, Yu said.

Yu told the Global Times that another reason is that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government is facing mounting domestic pressure. Thus, it is seeking an alliance with smaller conservative parties, which gives rise to Australia's populism.

Posters showing Chinese people holding a knife and a fork, grinning in front of an Australian map in the form of a slab of steak, were visible in Sydney in July, mocking Chinese people who have been buying property in recent years, which may contribute to soaring real estate prices in Australia.

Also in July, many Chinese students were irked by campus posters that warned them not to enter school buildings in the University of Melbourne.

However, anti-Chinese sentiment is rare among ordinary Australian people, as most of them have a favorable attitude toward China, from which they benefit a lot, Yu said.


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