A few weeks ago, the Chinese embassy leaked a list of grievances against the Australian government to the Nine Newspapers. I’ve seen lots of references to items in the list, but searching for the whole thing produces very little. It turns out that Nine published an image of the list, but did not convert it into text, and no other media organization appears to have bothered to do so. In the interests of producing an accessible document, I spent the five minutes required to do this.
Here’s the list
— foreign investment decisions, with acquisitions blocked on opaque national security grounds in contravention of ChAFTA/since 2018, more than 10 Chinese investment projects have been rejected by Australia citing ambiguous and unfounded “national security concerns” and putting restrictions in areas like infrastructure, agriculture and animal husbandry.
— the decision banning Huawei Technologies and ZTE from the 5G network, over unfounded national security concerns, doing the bidding of the US by lobbying other countries
— foreign interference legislation, viewed as targeting China and in the ‘ absence of any evidence.
— politicization and stigmatization of the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia and creating barriers and imposing restrictions, including the revoke of visas for Chinese scholars.
— call for an international independent inquiry into the COVID-19 virus, acted as a political manipulation echoing the US attack on China
— the incessant wanton interference in China’s Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan affairs; spearheading the crusade against China in certain multilateral forums
— the first non littoral country to make a statement on the South China Sea to the United Nations
—siding with the US’ anti-China campaign and spreading disinformation imported from the US around China’s efforts of containing COVID-19.
— the latest legislation to scrutinize agreements with a foreign government targeting towards China and aiming to torpedo the Victorian participation in B&R
— provided funding to anti-China think tank for spreading untrue reports, peddling lies around Xinjiang and so-called China infiltration aimed at manipulating public opinion against China
— the early dawn search and reckless seizure of Chinese jounalists’ homes and properties without any charges and giving any explanations
— thinly veiled allegations against China on cyber attacks without any evidence
—outrageous condemnation of the governing party of China by MPs and racist attacks against Chinese or Asian people.
-an unfriendly or antagonistic report on China by media, poisoning the atmosphere of bilateral relations