Chinese Australian Community stands ready to help repair the damaged Australia China relations.
Asia Times headline (Ken Moak -7Dec2020) “What’s driving Australia China policy U-turn” saying that PM Morrison has apparently woken up to the need for friendly ties with Beijing. The report said that PM Morrison has tone done his tantrum over Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian’s posting of a piece of cartoon depicting a soldier about to slit an Afghan child’s throat; and demanded that China apologized for the tweet. Glad to learn that PM Morrison was also reported by the SCMP on 3Dec2020, wanting a "happy co-existence" with China.
Asia Times gave 2 reasons for the PM’s U turn. (1) The PM have finally acknowledged that Australia needs China to sustain its economic growth and one cannot bite the hand that feeds you. (2) Except in the “Five Eyes” comprising of the US, UK, Australia, Canada and NZ, the PM may not want to be seen as a hypocrite, accusing China of what Australia has been doing only worse in the past with aborigines and in wars.
Earlier at home, the ABC (Stan Grant 29Nov2020) headline “Scot Morrison’s new vision for Australia accepts the old global order is changing. Stan’s article focuses on the discussion of Australia-China relations in terms of the Cold War 2 and the American policy of containment of China. The report compared the China with the former USSR and pointed out subtle difference in the alignment of geopolitics and economics of China as a rising power. The article suggests that Australia has been pushed or leaned on by the US in making adverse remarks about China.
As we op-ed last Saturday that Chinese Australian community was very concerned of the collateral damages with another wave of anti-China rhetoric by mass media. We are glad to see Dr Anthony Pun of CCCA have a few reader's comments published in SMH:
Story: China’s record November will further unsettle Australia and the US (8Dec2020)
No matter what propaganda or adverse response western countries may say about China, the fact remains that China came of the pandemic faster than any country as their economy has recovered. Rather than more of usual, why not collaborate with China to come out of the pandemic faster and everybody wins.
Story: The threats to Australia’s economy and democracy are grave but not insurmountable (7Dec2020)
I agree that the threat is on Australian economy and it is very much done by our own hands. The myth that it would be a threat to Australian Democracy is farfetched as China is not interested in changing our political system. On the other hand, we have too much expectation that China would become a "Democracy" like ours.
Story: Empower Chinese community to resist Beijing’s pressure: (8Dec2020)
Despite having 1.2 million Chinese Australians, Sharma has failed to comprehend their culture. sensitivity and empathy. The Chinese Community Council of Australia, as a declared independent Australian community, free from any CCP influence, would be the best to give government and opposition advice on how to repair Australia-China relations, & in the Australian national interest. This article suggests using Mandarin speakers as security agents is extremely naive and you won't get the right personnel. Australia is better served to use Chinese Australians for trade & peaceful pursuits with our No 1 trading partner, staring with a re-vamp of the composition of the National Foundation for Australia-China relations.
To err is human and to forgive is divine. Who can thump his or her chest and declare that he or she has not made any mistake in life? Let the cool head prevails. Chinese Australian community located in every States and Territories are willing and ready to assist our Federal Government to repair the damaged Australia China relations as we have the talents, the skills, the connection, the empathy and knowledge etc to do so for the sake of our universal values, economy, sovereignty and national interest of both the Australian and Chinese peoples.
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