An intolerant, divisive Australian image is damaging us in China

'The cameras in Beijing will form an opinion of us which is very different I think of the way we would want ourselves to be portrayed.'

29/10/2020 10:27:00 AM

The warning from Australia's top diplomat was deliberate and targeted. The debate on China in Parliament was not always in Australia's best interests and it might be wise to consider how it is being portrayed by Beijing's propaganda unit | ErykBagshaw

'The cameras in Beijing will form an opinion of us which is very different I think of the way we would want ourselves to be portrayed.'

Save articles for laterAdd articles to your saved list and come back to them any time.Got itLarger text sizeVery large text sizeThe warning from Australia's top diplomat was deliberate and targeted. The public debate on China in Parliament was not always in Australia's best interests and it might be wise to consider how it is being portrayed by Beijing's propoganda unit.

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"To be very frank, I think what Beijing is looking for is division," said Department of Foreign Affairs secretary Frances Adamson. "What we can do about that, is a very difficult question."DFAT Secretary Frances Adamson on Thursday.

Credit:Alex EllinghausenMs Adamson was alluding to the rising toxicity in Australia's China debate. It's often characterised by attempts to needle people into camps of Chinese Communist Party apologists or critics. It has crossed the academic and business worlds and into Parliament. It now risks forming its own committee on Un-Australian thought.

In its most unedifying form it saw researchers Osmond Chiu and Yun Jiang, asked by Liberal senator Eric Abetz to "unequivocally condemn" the Chinese Communist Party. The pair appeared voluntarily on October 14 before a Senate inquiry into issues facing diaspora communities. Such a request has not been made of any other nationality

AdvertisementThe Chinese Communist Party has no Senate estimates, no public inquiries, no question time. Its policies for the next five years are being decided as we speak by 200 or so officials in a Beijing hotel. The plenum has been going on for four days. There has been radio silence since Monday.

What they say, or rather what President Xi Jinping says, goes. The world won't find out what that is until Chinese state media faithfully reports it.LoadingThe contrast with Australia's biannual tradition of Senate estimates is stark. In Canberra, Ministers and Departmental secretaries are hauled before committees and interrogated line item by line item for two weeks, often from 9am until 11pm. It is not perfect, but it is the best federal government accountability mechanism Australia has.

It is a forum that invites different opinions and often controversy for the sake of democracy.That delicate balance between democractic debate and optics was what Ms Adamson, Australia's former ambassador to China, was wrestling with overnight. From the outset she made clear she was not suggesting anyone should censor themselves, but that it was worthwhile considering how others might portray some of our democratic traditions.

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ErykBagshaw After deliberating making a virus to cripple the world, I would be glad to see China Wiped off the map. Their hostility in the East Vietnam sea, another reason. Their arseholes and rotten to the core. ErykBagshaw Somebody called Frances drops by for a word or 2 after a Tory loon asks senate witnesses to unequivocally condemn government of their country of origin, 14/10 Let's not be annoyed w. this chap, he is a robust practitioner (of Sun Tzu 's/ Tim Tszyu's Art of War), she goes auspol

HkarterKarter ErykBagshaw What's with all the China bashing and trashing? Divisive pointless and damaging. ErykBagshaw ''There could be a day in our life- time. . .we will not have the freedom...to live with freedom and open society, freedom of religion, freedom of speech. . .all those things can be eliminated'' - SecNav Kenneth J Braithwaite

ErykBagshaw SEE HOW THE GREEK FINANCE MINISTER STRUCK A GREAT DEALING WITH CHIAN WITHOUT US INTERFERENCE ErykBagshaw ErykBagshaw US INVASION & COLONIZATION OF HAWAII ErykBagshaw HK protester supporter Apple Daily Owner Jimmy Liar exposed by Channel Seven Australian Journalist Robert Ovadia. Apple Daily's Protester supporters threatened the life of Robert Ovadia for reporting the truth. Please read text on picture below from his Facebook post.

ErykBagshaw ErykBagshaw ErykBagshaw MORRISON GOVT DREAM UP CHINA FOREIGN INTERFERENCE WITH NO EVIDENCE YEAT LIBERAL MP MARCHES WITH VIOLENT HK PROTESTERS. HOW ABOUT CHINESE POLITICIANS MARCH WITH INDIGENOUS PROTESTERS SUPPORTING VIOLENT PROTESTS HELPING THEM GET AUTONOMY IIN THIER OWN LAND. SAME AUTONOMY HK HAS.

ErykBagshaw IN AUSTRALIA THIS ALLEGED YOUNG LIBERAL PARTY MEMBER (LIBERAL PARTY IS CONSERVATIVE PARTY IN AUSTRALIA) IS SUPPORTING AN ASSOCIATION WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE LINKS WITH A NATO LISTED TERRORIST GROUP THE TURKISTAN ISLAMIC PARTY WHICH FOUGHT WITH AL QAEDA IN AFGHANISTAN & ISIS IN SYRIA. ErykBagshaw This unstable thinking man makes fictitious reports against China for US Foreign policy which trickles down to Western countries and the gobble up his bullshit.

ErykBagshaw This is the radical Uighur Turkistan Islamic terrorist group element western countries support. When China addresses this with a de-radicalisation program rather than drone strike, rendition torture and war like the US the world makes up propaganda with no evidence. ErykBagshaw Appeasement has always failed. In actual fact appeasement often has supported tyranny. Past history also shows that diplomats have often been the main failure point in enabling strong & frank resolution.

ErykBagshaw Uighur Turkistan Islamic Party Uighurs pretending to visit relatives in Turkey then the Turkish Government supported Eastern Turkistan Education & Solidarity Association help them slip into Syria and fight with ISIS. Why SMH never reported this? ErykBagshaw US undertaking military intelligence co operation with Turkey who support the Uighur Turkistan Islamic Party to fight with ISIS in Syria. Does this fit in with Uighur separatist Turkistan Islamic Party terrorists attacking West China as a friend of the US?

ErykBagshaw ErykBagshaw HONG KONG VIOLENT PROTEST LEADER NATHAN LAW COLABORATING WITH RACIST HOMOPHIOBIC ADRIAN ZENZ WHO BELIVES IN SPIRITUAL KID SPANKING. AUSTRALIAN SENATOR JAMES PATERSON SUPPORTS THESE TWO AS PART OF ANTI CHINA BRIGADE. ErykBagshaw WAR MONGERING SCOTT MORRISON GOVT & US WEAPONS COMPANY FUNDED AUSTRALIA STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE ANALYST MAKES FRAUDULENT PUBLIC CLAIMS. THIS IS AMONGST OTHER NON EVIDENCE FALSE CLAIMS BY ASPI. HE WANTS A WEAPONS CORPORATE JOB LIKE CHRIS PYNE. PLEASE CHECK MY TIMELINE TWEETS

ErykBagshaw REAL EVIDENCE OF US ABUSES. ErykBagshaw BRUTAL HONG KONG PROTESTERS INFLICTING REAL EVIDENCE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE ErykBagshaw ErykBagshaw ErykBagshaw This is real evidence ErykBagshaw Uighur Turkistan Islamic Party Terrorist Group detainees who undertook, organised, or trafficked terrorist attacks in China, with ISIS in Syria or in Afghanistan with Al Qaeda. Unlike US China does not invade use Drone strikes or rendition torture.

ErykBagshaw More anti- China propaganda from the Murdoch press ErykBagshaw Who cares how the perpetrators of the UyghurGenocide see Australia? If the CCP has a blacklist, I hope Australia is on it. Australia auspol ErykBagshaw Believe it or not. Chinavirus was an insidious weapon against the western world, miss-used or deliberate, the chinavirus was released, to cause most egregious harm as a prelude to something more, but Trump thwarted outright war, counteracting by exposing China for what they are.

j_laurenceson ErykBagshaw She is so right j_laurenceson ErykBagshaw It’s not just in Australia, but US, UK and some other countries, lawmakers are only interested in scoring points among their voters, so they will seize every opportunity to say what is politically correct in the society. In this sense, China bashing.

ErykBagshaw The question is how much of renewable energy systems like batteries are bought from China. ErykBagshaw Want to know how evil authorities use B G. Y. Program influenced western world please search ErykBagshaw Has she recently returned from a re-education camp in CCPChina ? FreeTibet TaiwanIsNotChina FreeHongKong BoycottChina

ErykBagshaw So what?! ErykBagshaw Literally have CCP members running on the qld election, if they like China so much then go back ErykBagshaw At last - some grown-up views! ErykBagshaw Better Dead Than Red . . . yun_aus ErykBagshaw Those underhand commies exploiting Australian racism for their own nefarious ends.

ErykBagshaw The Communist Party of China can piss off ErykBagshaw I care zero fcks what the Chinese government think of us ErykBagshaw An expected softening in the face of the ire of The Great Invevitable ErykBagshaw Don't tell Australians to hush because it may hurt China's feeling. This is the ploy China has been using with the west for decades. And this 'top diplomat' must not have learned the world have moved on after they saw China's real intentions.

ErykBagshaw We don't care ErykBagshaw ErykBagshaw WITH A RACIST TRUMP LIKE PM NO WONDER. ErykBagshaw I'm pretty sure China are happy to buy our resources and land irrespective of our conduct. If they can intern an entire ethnic minority, a few pesky Australians won't even evoke a twitch. Anyone who buys into this narrative, is taking the hook, line and sinker from the CCP.

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