Australia-China relations should be central to the next election: Asian community leaders

In a week when national security dominated the radio waves leading up to Australia’s imminent federal elections, Asian community leaders are central to how voters decide which party should win the next election Australia-China relations I talked about the need for.

Bilateral relations will be an important issue that the current free state coalition government should be ready to tackle, said Chin Jin, chairman of the Federation for a Democratic China Line.

“The current government’s approach to Australia-China relations is one of the strongest and most correct, but it has been a controversial foreign policy since the establishment of diplomatic relations (between Australia and China) in 1972. “He told The Epoch Times.

Feng Chongyi, an associate professor of Chinese studies at the University of Technology Sydney, said economic coercion and the influential activities of the United Front are a continuing concern in the Australian government class.

“Australia-China relations are complicated by tensions between economic interdependence on the one hand and political and idealistic conflicts on the other,” he said in an email to The Epoch Times.

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Dr. Feng Chongyi and Dr. Paul Monk at the Australian Value Alliance-sponsored panel discussion on the impact of China in Australia at the City Tattersalls Club in Sydney, Australia on December 10, 2018. (NTD / Screenshot)

But he said the views of the Chinese community could be divided.

“Many Australians with Chinese heritage are taught to confuse the Chinese people with the Chinese government and equate it politically and ideologically,” he said. “They have also been manipulated to believe that criticism of the Chinese authorities is an attack on the Chinese and is motivated by anti-Chinese racism.”

However, he noted that “more and more” Chinese Australians are “awakening and clearly differentiating” between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese people.

“They understand that human rights abuses in China and interference in Australia are detrimental to the interests of Chinese Australians,” he added.

There are about 1.3 million Chinese-speaking Australians who identify that they have Chinese, Hong Kong, or Taiwanese ancestry. It is one of the largest ethnic groups in the country.

Hong Kong’s democracy advocate and media commentator Bin Lin said views would differ within the community, but to the Asian community how the Australian government positions themselves on the Chinese issue. Many were legally concerned about.

“I ran for a candidate in the local elections (Sydney Ride) last December. When I met local Chinese residents, older couples … they wouldn’t vote for Communist-supported candidates. “He told The Epoch Times.

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Bin Lin is running as an independent candidate for Nishi Ward in the 2021 Ride Council election (supply).

Mr Lin said a local council member with a notable pro-CCP view was defeated in the election because of his view.

“Members of the local Chinese organization did not vote for him, and he lost about 300 votes from the last election,” he said. “This shows that even in the community, many people do not vote for CCP-supporting candidates or political parties.”

Meanwhile, Australia-China relations are playing a central role in the imminent federal elections scheduled by May 2022.

The coalition government continues to attack, targeting the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in defense records and questioning its relationship with China.

On February 10, Prime Minister Morrison told the House of Representatives that his government did not intend to appease those seeking to “force Australia.”

“Labor leader (Anthony Albanese) said he was pleased to ask China to trade, accept some and uphold some coercion,” he said. A few days later, he called Labor lawmakers a “Manchurian candidate” before withdrawing his comments.

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Australian opposition leader Anthony Albanese responds to Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaking during the question time at the House of Representatives in Canberra, Australia, on August 23, 2021. (Rohan Thomson / Getty Images)

On February 14, Liberal Party Senator James Patterson questioned why ALP deputy leader Richard Marles removed his 2019 speech from his website and worked closely with the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing. He gave a reconciliation speech advocating defense-related matters.

“What is he trying to hide? What’s in this secret speech he’s so embarrassed right now?” Senator Patterson wrote on Twitter. “Perhaps because the Labor Party is now trying to pretend to be bipartisan in China, the speech he made in Beijing as Shadow Defense Minister and Labor Deputy Leader is no longer useful.”

To date, ALP’s main response has been to characterize the coalition’s attacks as “weaponizing” national security issues.

The press also published an editorial that reflected a similar view, calling the Morrison government’s tactics “incredibly dirty” and “actually nonexistent.”

Some scholars have warned the Albanese campaign team that the relationship between ALP and China’s political interference needs to be extinguished, and Professor Ian Hall of the Griffith Asian Institute said the party was by former ALP Prime Minister Paul Keating. He said he needed to stay away from recent comments.

“I think a clean break from Keating Ista needs to be done immediately by ALP,” he writes. On twitter.. “I need a clear speech from my seniors that” China has changed. ” Otherwise you will lose your vote. “

Daniel Y. Ten


Daniel Y. Teng is based in Sydney. He focuses on national politics, including federal politics, COVID-19 response, and relations between Australia and China. Do you have a hint? Contact him at daniel.t[email protected]

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