A senior Chinese diplomat has warned that Australians who vilify China will be ‘cast aside in history’.
Minister Wang Xining accused Australia’s free press of deliberately sabotaging the relationship between the two countries and ‘brainwashing’ Australians by publishing negative stories.
In a speech to business figures at a Chinese Lunar New Year dinner in Canberra, he urged China’s critics to back down and adopt a conciliatory stance towards Beijing.
A senior Chinese diplomat has warned that Australians who vilify China will be ‘cast aside in history’. Pictured: Minister Wang Xining
‘History will prove that it is wise and visionary to be China’s friends,’ he said.
‘Those who deliberately vilify China and sabotage the friendship between our two countries and do damage to our long-term friendship and benefits out of their sectoral or selfish interest will be cast aside in history.
‘Their children will be ashamed of mentioning their names in the history.’
The minister accused Australian news organisations of not giving enough attention to China sending PPE Down Under at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.
‘To our disappointment, what the media cared and focused was the so-called hoarding of PPE by China related companies which led to certain shortage of PPE at that time,’ he said.
‘These claims ran rampant at certain time. However, it finally turned out all these claims were not true, and some of the reports amounts to libeling and were brought to lawsuit for defamation. But the damage has been done, the image of China’s friends in Australia was severely harmed and smeared,’ he added.
He said Australians were being ‘brainwashed’ and therefore could not view China in a positive light.
People wearing protective face masks in Beijing at the height of the pandemic last year
‘If these people are immersed by those negative portraits of China by the major media outlets and brainwashed by the vulgarized and simplified political slogans, how would they understand China and agree with your assessment and impression of China,’ the minister said.
Minister Wang also criticised the federal government, which has taken steps to more closely scrutinize Chinese investment and undo Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ belt and road deal with Beijing.
‘In face of the impact of Covid-19 on our economy and people’s lives, the best strategy is to strengthen and step up our collaboration.
‘But last year, the collaboration in various fields was under a series of suspicions from a small number of people,’ he said.
‘The excuse for such suspicion is China’s threats to Australian sovereignty and security, which is totally ridiculous. Because up to today no one single case has been substantiated or supported by evidence.’
Minister Wang also criticised the federal government, which has taken steps to more closely scrutinize Chinese investment. Pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Minister Wang also accused politicians of ruining the livelihoods of Australian business owners who trade with China while being paid by their taxes.
‘And based on my observation, most of those people are siphoning off Australia’s financial coffer, and they squander on the cornucopia which is the hard-won product of the majority of Australian labor force.
‘They abused the power in their hands to strike hard on China’s friends in Australia, who were working so hard to enhance Australia’s economic power, improve people’s living standard, and store potential for future development. When these people were barking loud, our friends had to bite the bullet.’
Minister Wang, Deputy Head of Mission at China’s embassy in Canberra, spoke previously at the National Press Club in August as Beijing-Canberra relations deteriorated following the government’s call for an inquiry in the origins of coronavirus.
Beijing responded by blocking Australian exports including coal, seafood and barley before slapping a 212 per cent tariff on Aussie wine, effectively banning the product.
The Chinese Embassy in Canberra has released a dossier of 14 grievances including claims Australia is ‘siding with the US’, interfering in its affairs in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Among the other grievances was Australia’s decision to ban Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei from the country’s 5G network and blocking foreign investment bids by Chinese companies.
China’s grievances with Australia
1. ‘Incessant wanton interference in China’s Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan affairs’
2. ‘Siding with the US’ anti-China campaign and spreading misinformation’
3. ‘Thinly veiled allegations against China on cyber attacks without any evidence’
4. ‘An unfriendly or antagonistic report on China by media’
5. Providing funding to ‘anti-China think tank for spreading untrue reports’
6. ‘Foreign interference legislation’
7. ‘Foreign investment decisions’
8. ‘Banning Huawei technologies and ZTE from the 5G network’
9. ‘Politicisation and stigmatisation of the normal exchanges and coorperation between China and Australia’
10. Making statements ‘on the South China Sea to the United Nations’
11. ‘Outrageous condemnation of the governing party of China by MPs and racist attacks against Chinese or Asian people’
12. ‘The early drawn search and reckless seizure of Chinese journalists’ homes and properties’
13. Calls for an independent inquiry into Covid-19
14. ‘Legislation to scrutinise agreements with a foreign government’