Sad to see a cartoon and Brereton's report of Afghan war atrocity push Australia-China relations off the cliff
The Australian bush telegraph was seen oscillating at a feverish pitch since the signing of the RCEP which was meant to be a coolant for the rising tempers of rhetoric between Australian and our No. 1 trading partner China.
The signing of a military pact in Japan did not quite ignite the flames but a tweet from a Chinese official about Australia’s alleged massacre of Afghan children hit a raw Australian nerve with an angry response from our PM Morrison supported by the full force of anti-China media yet again.
JOHN MENADUE revealed in P&I -2 December 2020: “Brereton’s comments which gave rise to the Chinese tweet on Australian Afghanistan war crimes”, the available facts of the story.
Dr Anthony Pun of CCCA commented: " John Menadue’s exposure sends a chill down my spine and my last similar experience was the exposure of the My Lai (village 1968) massacre during the Vietnam War 1968 was annus horribilis for the US and 2020 for Australia. This incident has dented Australian’s international reputation on human rights and gave a golden opportunity for the other side to needle us. All that drama in the media is only a smokescreen to deflect a real self-criticism of our nation."
Hugh White (P&I 29Nov2020) wrote “Morrison has misread China” published in https://johnmenadue.com/morrison-has-misread-china/
Looking at all the comments led us to believe that one of the major faults in the Morrison government has been the quality and efficacy of the advice given to him. The leader falls because he has not been shown a better way to address the challenge of a rising China and without having the courage when to choose sides between US or China!
At home, Minister Tudge took the initiative and convened a national teleconference with some prominent Chinese Australian leaders on 30 November 2020.
The Minister meeting with the community was not reported in the press however, Dr. Anthony Pun of CCCA commented in SMH(https://www.smh.com.au/national/twitter-post-garbage-the-clearest-sign-yet-of-desperation-in-beijing-20201129-p56iye.html#comments )
"Casting political ideological based arguments, the observation is simply that both sides have ratchet up the rhetoric & also play the good cop bad cop game. The Chinese is getting better at this game and managed to hit a raw nerve causing the recent olives branches delivered by both sides to fall in the wayside. Whatever adverse terms used to describe Chinese actions on Australia including an apology, is futile. Minister Tudge had a teleconference with Chinese Australian leaders on this issue and most leaders suggest the toning down of the rhetoric on both sides and start diplomatic negotiations with China without playing geopolitics. His initiative is appreciated by the Chinese Australian community."
We appreciate that PM Morrison and Minister Tudge have again reassured that the problem is between CCP Government and Australian Government and Chinese Australian community is not to be blamed. But the extreme of media flaming the fire let Chinese Australians being sandwiched in between and exposed to potential racist abuses again.
Australian government will need to make a decision soon whether it is in the national interest to repair the broken Australia China relations or not. If the decision is to go for broke, then continue on with the rhetoric. If there is a will to repair relations, the media has to stop inflaming the situation and let tempers cool. Let cool heads prevail on both sides and constructive diplomatic process steps in. The decision is ours and Uncle Sam cannot help us to make the right decision for Australia. as they got their America First, COVID and other issues to worry about. To err is human, to forgive is divine.
It is now time for the PM Morrison to seriously consider taking full charge of the current deterioration and turning it around for the benefit of all Australians. Media articles must refrain from inflaming the situation and foreign policy direction must come from the leadership of the PM where others should toe the line for the benefit of all Australians.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Foundation President CCCA & National Coordinator NCALG
Mr Kingsley Liu, President, CCCA
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group: Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelley, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Tony Tang, Tony Pang; Mark Wang, Kee Guan Saw, Junxi Su, Khoon Tan, Michael Yau OAM. Li Zhang, May Hu, OAM. Sam Wong AM