Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin (right) responds to an earlier criticism of the Chinese Communist Party by Australian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Sun Fang’an (left) at a regular press conference on Tuesday.
China-Australia relations have deteriorated as the two countries continue to wrestle at the diplomatic level, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responding to Australian diplomats’ criticism that the Chinese Communist Party is undermining the global order by saying “Australia is sick” during a press conference. Political scholars believe that China’s “war-wolf diplomacy” strategy has provoked a greater backlash from the Australian side, while some commentators believe that the hardening of Australia’s policy toward China also reflects the overall shift of Western countries toward China. (By Wu Yitong/Cheng Wen)
Asked by reporters at a regular press conference on Tuesday to respond to an earlier criticism of China by Australian Deputy Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Frances Adamson, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “Australia has a disease, but makes others take medicine.
Wang also said Australia was responsible for the deterioration of relations between the two countries, which was “provoked by the Australian side’s brutal interference in China’s internal affairs, harming China’s interests and discriminatory trade practices against China.
University of Technology Sydney political science professor Feng Chongyi told the station that Wang Wenbin’s war-wolf rhetoric is the internal political logic of the Chinese Communist Party, and that Xi Jinping needs to portray himself as a global “political powerhouse” in such a way to stabilize his rule at home. Diplomats therefore did not even consider whether the remarks would trigger a diplomatic backlash in Australia.
Feng Chongyi said: “The war wolves are everywhere, because Xi Jinping has such a political need to play the “strongman leader” in the international arena, so the officials performed for Xi Jinping, and simply put the diplomatic effect to the back of their minds. Australia is even more assertive, it will not give in, it has set such a national policy in the form of law, that is, it will definitely counter China on the issue of values and national interests.
However, Feng Chongyi pointed out that it is worth being alert to the fact that the Chinese Communist Party has been infiltrating Australia for many years, including some political figures who are still pursuing a policy of appeasement and concessions on issues of national security, including former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd. These voices have also given the Chinese Communist Party some illusions.
Feng Chongyi said, “There has been another voice in Australia that believes that it is not necessary to provoke China, that it is not necessary to take the lead, that it is not necessary to be so tough with China, and that it is necessary to maintain relations with China, so that it gives the Chinese Communist regime some illusions.
Huangfu Jing, an Australian commentator who has suggested to the Australian parliament to withdraw the Belt and Road agreement, pointed out that Australia’s hardening policy toward China is also a turn of the whole Western countries after seeing the danger of China. Australia’s breakthrough of China’s economic sanctions has added to the strength of its countermeasures.
Huangfu Jing said: Australia certainly also hopes to maintain normal trade with the Chinese Communist Party, but the Chinese Communist Party used rogue and rogue tactics to boycott Australia in trade, from then on, hope that Australia’s economic decline, on the other hand, look at the Australian economy today, many products have found new buyers, so on the issue of the Chinese Communist Party, Australia is absolutely not backward. Today, the entire Western world has decided that it will never compromise with the Chinese Communist Party. Today’s conflict with the Chinese Communist Party is in fact a real conflict of values and ideology.
According to media reports, the Chinese Communist Party has tried to intimidate Australia with trade sanctions, but Australia has found alternative markets for coal, logs, barley and wine, and its exports have risen to pre-sanction levels, if not exceeded them.
Freed from the economic blockade, Australia continues to take a tough stance against China. Australia’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sun Fang’an, said in his commencement address at the University of Adelaide recently: Australia’s bilateral relationship with the Chinese Communist Party is experiencing a series of difficulties as the Communist Party adopts a more authoritarian behavior at home and asserts itself internationally by challenging and breaking rules. Australia wants a constructive relationship with the Communist Party, but the Communist Party wants Australia to make key national interest compromise in exchange for dialogue and cooperation.
Last Wednesday (21), Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced the cancellation of two “Belt and Road” cooperation agreements that Victoria had signed with the CCP in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
After the outbreak in 2020, the Australian government called for an investigation into the origins of the virus, followed by trade sanctions initiated by the Chinese Communist Party. Australia’s joint promotion of the Indo-Pacific strategy, following the US, Germany and the UK, has also angered the Chinese Communist Party.