Australian laws should avoid hurting China.(Global Times China)

Australia has benefitted greatly from its relations with China, but has since begun to censor almost all the factors that have contributed to the benefits, and has interpreted its relations with China in the most negative way.

Such actions by Australia are beyond the Chinese public’s imagination of a country they once respected, and will bitterly disappoint them.
Now that the laws have been approved, Australia should reduce their negative impact on the Chinese diaspora and on relations with China.

Australia’s Senate on Thursday approved a package of new laws aimed at “preventing espionage and foreign interference.” Given that the laws came out at a time when some Australian political forces are hyping “interference” and “penetration” by China, and suspecting that the Chinese government is controlling Chinese businesspeople and students in Australia, Australian and other Western media all link the new laws to China.

Australia is therefore considered the first Western country moving to prevent Chinese “penetration” through legislation. Australia and China have no historical or territorial disputes, and have maintained close economic ties. China is Australia’s biggest trade partner. Canberra’s legislation has given a negative example to Western countries on how to deal with China.

During deliberations, senior Australian officials accused China of “interfering” in Australia’s domestic affairs. Even though the Australian government shifted its tone by stressing the importance of its relations with China and said the legislation is not aimed at any specific country, it had added to the public belief that the legislation is being used to contain China’s influence.
Ethnic Chinese in Australia are concerned that the new laws would consolidate Australia’s discriminative precautions against them, as the new laws give prosecutors much latitude.

It is safe to say that Australian society tacitly believes the new laws are aimed at China. The boundaries of the legal terms are ambiguous, leaving room for arbitrary interpretations.

Chinese descendents in countries around the world have organizations to maintain traditional culture and contribute to China’s reunification. Will these organizations be considered the Chinese government’s proxies? Will Chinese businesses operating in foreign countries have to avoid meeting with Chinese officials and Australian politicians? Suffice it to say that Chinese companies, especially State-owned enterprises, will encounter greater non-market barriers when investing in Australia.
The new laws will also affect cultural exchanges, as Australia’s bias against academic and business exchanges has been legalized, and those who support consolidating exchanges with China will come under greater scrutiny.

Australia has benefitted greatly from its relations with China, but has since begun to censor almost all the factors that have contributed to the benefits, and has interpreted its relations with China in the most negative way.

Such actions by Australia are beyond the Chinese public’s imagination of a country they once respected, and will bitterly disappoint them.

Now that the laws have been approved, Australia should reduce their negative impact on the Chinese diaspora and on relations with China.

This article was published by the Global Times on the 29th of June 2018. 

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Stjepan Bosnjak

Nice bit of propaganda this.

Australian laws should avoid hurting Australia.

The Chinese public once respected us? That’s not what we hear from the pulpit of Party mouthpieces whenever they denounce us for our sycophant relationship with the US.

And they are disappointed that we are strengthening our democracy? Let them be

Sandra Hey

I personally have more to fear from the Abbott/Turnbull Government and a unhinged Minister Dutton, that anything a Chinese Company, private individual, or for that matter Xi Jinping. I stand to be corrected, has the Republic of China ever been involved in wars and dropping bombs on other sovereign countries resulting in millions of deaths and the destruction infrastructure like what the West did to Iraq and Syria? One should refresh their knowledge of history, how China was raped and pillaged by the evil capitalist West to the detriment of the Chinese people, the opium trade, the American Missionaries, media… Read more »

R. N. England

The sickening irony of this execrable legislation is that it is a direct result of political interference in Australia by the United States Government.

Vincent Cheok

Exactly right. Not every Chinese should be dreaded or feared or regarded as a ‘terrorist’. Surely in this modern world ‘shrunk’ by the universal internet and artificial intelligence and globalisation geopolitics should be like the Olympic Games or World Cup. There should be multipolarity and not the unipolarity of Western hegemony. We can be rivals and opponents and rivals but why fear instil hate and animosity? We should compete in business, trade and commerce just like we compete in the Olympics and the World Cup! Surely it is only through open dialogue and social and commercial intercourse and cross-fertilisation and… Read more »

Strangely this doesn’t address whether the laws are protecting Australia’s interests.

The position seems to be that it is wrong for another country to do something that China doesn’t like.