China accuses Australia of creating conflict as CCP loopholes grow
President Xi Jinping’s message is strident and clear: “The East is rising and the West is declining.”
But the climb hit a cliff.
Australia and Japan put words on Beijing’s Achilles heel this week. A joint meeting of defense and foreign ministers expressed “serious concerns” over the crackdown on the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang province. They highlighted the crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong. They mentioned China’s aggressiveness in the South and East China Seas and on Taiwan.
This is the message that the two Asia-Pacific partners conveyed to the assembly of the Group of Seven (G7) of the “most advanced” economies in the world.
It wasn’t supposed to be like that.
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Beijing’s talking points are about peace, calm and stability.
Thus, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs quickly attacked and accused Japan and Australia of “creating conflicts”. Spokesman Wang Wenbin took the stage to demand that the couple “stop interfering” in what he claims to be their “internal affairs”.
He accused Australia and Japan of “sabotaging regional peace and stability”.
And the CCP controlled World time The media went on to accuse the West of “denigrating China by playing the card of ideology and values”.
Codes of conduct
In a high-level diplomatic exchange in March, China lashed out against the United States.
Its chief diplomat, Yang Jiechi, has attacked Washington’s failures – ranging from police killings and racial inequalities to its involvement in international disputes.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan did something unexpected.
He didn’t disagree.
Instead, he offered a different perspective. “A confident country is able to look carefully at its shortcomings and constantly seek to improve,” he said.
The list of shortcomings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is getting more and more severe.
There is occupied Tibet.
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There are its illegal man-made island fortresses in the South China Sea.
There’s the way it uses its fishing fleet and coastguard to navigate its way into the East China Sea.
There is his brutal crackdown on democracy and dissent in Hong Kong.
There are his continuous efforts to assimilate Taiwan.
There is the imprisonment of around one million Uyghurs in heavily guarded “vocational training” facilities.
He uses his overwhelming economic power to compel nations to do – and say – what they want.
There’s the way Beijing aggressively denies that any of these issues are.
And it hardens the world’s attitudes against it.
“We share serious concerns about reported human rights violations against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang,” said a joint statement from Japan and Australia after the meeting.
“We call on China to grant urgent, meaningful and unhindered access to Xinjiang to independent international observers, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Recent revelations include documents detailing the forced sterilization of Uyghur women to “strike a balance” with the growing Han immigrant population. The United States, Great Britain and Canada call this policy tantamount to genocide.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend the G7 summit on Saturday to advocate for a cause.
He wants the world community to take punitive action against Beijing.
In a foretaste of what was to come, he said Wednesday he wanted to mobilize the World Trade Organization and “modernize its regulations if necessary” to sanction “bad behavior when it occurs”.
It is not an entirely benevolent position.
Canberra wants the WTO to rule on a dispute with China over barley exports. Beijing insists it is an “anti-dumping” problem. Canberra says it’s a trade embargo.
But the clash has since swelled to include wine, timber, beef, seafood, and charcoal, among others.
“Where there are no consequences for coercive behavior, there is little incentive for restraint,” the prime minister said.
Beijing denied Mr. Morrison’s remarks, accusing him of being a “liar” and “one of the pillars of the American Indo-Pacific strategy which aims to contain China”.
“However, China will not change its stance to defend its fundamental interests and take countermeasures if necessary. Such collusion only exposes their weakness, ”said director of the Center for Australian Studies at East China Normal University, Chen Hong.
“Morrison’s charge of economic coercion is a lie, and his call for WTO reforms is aimed at politicizing and militarizing the organization. This comment showed that Australia could hardly afford an economic decoupling from China, despite the tensions initiated by Canberra between the two countries. It urgently needs the help of its Western partners to rewrite the rules of the world economic order according to its interests.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wenbin attacked the G7 summit.
The G7 countries “should do more to promote international cooperation in the fight against the epidemic, advance the global economic recovery and help developing countries accelerate their development, instead of creating conflicts and differences within the international community, “he said.
This is in line with Beijing talking points:
It’s just further proof of how determined the United States and the West are to stop the rise of China.
By criticizing Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the East and South China Seas, the West seeks to deny China the same level of security that they themselves demand.
By pushing back its economic policies, the West seeks to deprive China of the same development it has enjoyed.
And criticism of Beijing’s bellicose diplomacy is only an attempt to quell disagreements and prevent the CCP from “retaliating”.
Earlier, Beijing and Moscow had announced their intention to take a common stand against the “evil acts” of the United States.
A teleconference between the foreign ministers of the two countries saw Wang Yi and Sergey Lavrov resolve to “step up coordination” to deal with common threats.
“The United States formed small groups under the guise of democracy, used human rights as an excuse to interfere in the domestic politics of countries and exercised unilateralism under the banner of multilateralism,” reportedly said Wang.
Beijing also thanked Moscow for its “righteousness and loyalty”.
“You criticized the defamatory acts of the United States and the West. China appreciates this. We will also give Russia full political support for its defense of legitimate rights, ”Wang added.
President Vladimir Putin subsequently confirmed the strengthening of relations.
“Russia and China are both interested in maintaining our cooperation on the international stage, and this cooperation is obviously a major element of stability in international affairs,” he said.
Jamie Seidel is a freelance writer | @JamieSeidel