China in denial
China has tried to make out that the brutal communist regime is a victim and has not been committing genocide persecuting religious minorities.
The Deputy Head of Mission/Minister, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia, Minister Wang Xining, gave a bizarre speech at the National Press Club.
In the context of widely acknowledged tensions in the Australia China Bilateral Relationship, Mr Wang’s address went some way to further increase tensions by accusing Australia while trying to cover up the CCP’s bad record.
Mr Wang said Australia’s decision to block Huawei’s 5G bid was an example of the US using a “state power” to suppress a Chinese company.
“We have done nothing intentionally to hurt this relationship and we have seen too many incidents over the past few years that China’s interest has been hurt,” he claimed.
Mr Wang went onto explain that in the Chinese lunar calendar it was the Year of the Ox, and while his country often saw themselves as “hardworking cattle — like an ox”. He said China is “not a cow” to be milked in her prime and “put to slaughter in the end”.
He went on to deny that Beijing has done anything “intentionally” to hurt Australia.
Despite trade sanctions on major Australian exports including barley, wine and coal being imposed last year, Mr Wang bizarrely claimed China was actually the injured party.
Multiple reports and even a senator on national television have indicated that China seemed guilty of “crimes against humanity” for its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang.
Mr Wang has tried to deny this, receiving favourable questioning from club president and ABC 7.30 reporter Laura Tingle, who was greeted by Mr Wang with a kiss on the hand.
Ms Tingle gave space for Mr Wang to put his spin that “whole Chinese nation” cared about the welfare of Uighurs.
“We want every ethnic group to thrive, to live a good life, and we know how to deal with it well,” he said adamantly.
Despite this assertion, it is well known there are many reports of Chinese authorities’ torture and rape of Uighur women in Xinjiang, and other atrocities, including that at least a million people are detained in what the Chinese government claims are “re-education camps”.
Australia and other countries have been urged to step up sanctions as more evidence of abuse emerges.
Scrutiny continues to come onto the ABC after it has repeatedly pulled its punches on China. At one QandA program, a senator brought up some valid issues about China which were not strongly supported by the show’s host.