Australian Prime Minister Against Beijing’s Hostility Instead of Stirring Tension: Former Hong Kong Parliamentarian

Former Hong Kong lawmakers and Chinese democracy activists said the accusations that the Australian government had fueled tensions with Beijing were incorrect. Instead, Chinese democracy activists said the Morrison government had taken “effective” steps to counter the aggressive stance of the Chinese administration.

Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui said Penny Wong, a diplomatic spokesman for the Labor Party, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his cabinet “promoted anxiety” about the possibility of a conflict with Beijing over Taiwan. He commented following the remarks made by the Senator.

But after fleeing Hong Kong for security, Hui, now in Australia, told the Epoch Times that the Morrison government “correctly” pointed out the threat Beijing poses to the Indo-Pacific region.

“Being an” insider “who has been persecuted by the Chinese administration, [I believe] The possibility of China launching wars and conflicts in the region is imminent and should not be underestimated. “

Hui told Canberra [the threat of Beijing] Take precautions seriously, not loosely. “

He pointed to Beijing’s invasion of Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region as an indicator that the Chinese administration “has no signs of suspension.”

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Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui participated in a protest on March 30, 2021 outside the new Chinese Consulate in Adelaide, Australia. (Tracy Li / The Epoch Times)

Hui has been a member of the Hong Kong legislature since 2016, but resigned last November after four members in support of democratization were disqualified.

He leaves Hong Kong in December and hopes to activate international support for the Chinese Communist Party to take over the city and develop a safety net to flee Hong Kongers. Hui himself has experienced police atrocities and was expelled from the city’s legislature after protesting a law prohibiting insults aimed at the Chinese Communist Party’s national anthem.

Senator Labor made her remarks about Morrison in the release of journalist Peter Hartcher’s book Red Zone: The Challenge of China.

She acknowledged the CCP’s threat, and the recent invasion of the region and the South China Sea has focused on its “survival” in the face of global pressure from like-minded liberal democracies. He said he showed that he was in agreement.

Mr Wong said the US administration of Biden Harris is sticking to a “strategic ambiguity” policy to maintain the status quo around the Straits of Taiwan.

“Therefore, what is the basis for the Australian government to sprint ahead of its long-standing US position?” She said.

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A photo of the Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tank firing at a target during a Jeongju exercise at the Puckapunyal Training Ground in Victoria, Australia, on May 17, 2018. (AAP image / Provided by Australian Ministry of Defense)

Foreign Minister Kage noted Defense Minister Peter Dutton’s comment that the dispute over Taiwan “cannot be underestimated.”

A few days later, Secretary of the Interior Mike Pezzullo severely warned Australia that it was strong and ready, and warned that the “drums of war” were hitting the region.

Mr Wong argued that recent discussions on China were “enthusiastic, afraid, and lacking context.”

“This is getting worse. The prime minister is only interested in the matter to the extent that it provides political value,” she said.

On the other hand, Chinjin chairman of the China Federation for a Democratic China, the Beijing and are those leaders 習近 Xiaoping of China “defeated the drums of war”, he said overall there is a responsibility to the growing tension in the Taiwan Strait.

“Australia’s warning about the possibility of war in Taiwan is a cautious response to reality, which can also have a deterrent effect on the PLA’s adventurism,” he told The Epoch Times. It was.

“Instead of addressing the real dangers and threats of war from Beijing and criticizing Secretary Petzlo and Defense Minister Dutton, it shows a true lack of understanding of China and the Chinese Communist Party,” he added.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Interior Minister Peter Dutton
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Interior Minister Peter Dutton are watching during question time at the House of Representatives of the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia, on March 15, 2021. (Sam Mooy / Getty Images)

Chin also praised the government for dealing with Australia-China relations, especially in response to a request to investigate the origin of COVID-19, while overcoming a year-long economic coercion campaign.

“I observed Hawk Keating, Howard, Rad Guillard, Abbott, Turnbull, and now the government under Morrison,” he said. “The Morrison government’s policies and tactics to address Beijing and the West are the most appropriate and effective.”

“The West has always had unrealistic illusions and misunderstandings about Beijing, and Australia has long followed,” he added.

“But since Morrison took office, his government’s response to Beijing has been the most effective in my opinion,” he said. “He advocates conservatism, Australian values ​​and principles, and understands the essence of CCP behind that veil.”