The foreign minister says the government will NOT back down after China releases a list of 14 grievances
‘Australia will be true to our values’: Secretary of State says government will NOT back down after China listed 14 grievances, blocked exports and banned Australian wine
- China last month listed 14 grievances against Australia as tensions escalated
- The grievance list included criticism from the Australian media and MPs
- Senator Marise Payne said the government will remain true to the values of free speech
The Secretary of State has declared triumphantly that Australia will “remain true to our values” despite China’s political and economic pressure.
Marise Payne gave a speech to officials in Canberra on Friday after tensions with the communist superpower escalated dramatically this week.
Senator Payne said the government will not change its commitment to freedom of speech, human rights and a rules-based world order after Beijing released a list of 14 grievances it has with Canberra.
The Secretary of State (pictured) has declared triumphantly that Australia will ‘remain true to our values’ despite political and economic pressure from China
“Australia will be true to our values and respect the fundamental rules and standards that have stood the test of time,” she said.
“The many and varied voices and perspectives of Australians are part of our character.”
In its grievance list, Beijing said it was offended by criticism from Australian media and parliamentarians and also accused the government of “taking sides in the US” anti-Chinese campaign. “
Senator Payne rejected the idea that Australia had no control over its own foreign policy, saying, “ Sometimes the commentary in the media and even the foreign policy community suggests that strategic competition, the United States and China are the whole story, but that’s they don’t. .
“Indo-Pacific countries outside of those countries have significant weight in their own right and we believe in an inclusive region,” she said.
Beijing said it was offended by criticism from the Australian media and MPs. Pictured: President Xi Jinping
Relations between Canberra and Beijing hit a new low on Monday, when the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman caused a furore by tweeting a mock-up image of an excavator threatening to kill an Afghan child following a report by alleged Aussie troops who had committed war crimes.
Morrison called the recreated image “ revolting ” and demanded an apology – but Beijing declined, and on Tuesday, communist party newspaper The Global Times shared a new image of the same artist who attacked the prime minister.
Last month, Beijing had blocked Australian exports, including coal and seafood, before introducing a 212 percent tariff on Aussie wine, effectively banning the product.
Beijing’s file of grievances, handed over to Nine newspapers by the Chinese Embassy in Canberra last month, claimed Australia was interfering with China’s affairs in Taiwan and Hong Kong and condemned Morrison for seeking an independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19.
The prime minister was one of the first world leaders to propose an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which was identified last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Among the other grievances was Australia’s decision to ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from the country’s 5G network and block foreign investment bids by Chinese companies.
Relations between Canberra and Beijing hit a new low on Monday, when the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman caused a furore by tweeting this mock-up image of an excavator threatening to kill an Afghan child following a report that alleged Aussie- troops had committed war crimes.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued the Huawei ban for security reasons, and the state-sponsored company has lobbied ever since.
The charge of ‘racist attacks’ refers to Liberal Senator Eric Abetz’s interrogation of three Chinese Australians during a senate committee last month.
He repeatedly demanded that officials condemn the Chinese Communist Party, even though they had lived in Australia all their lives.
The Chinese also complained about the Morrison government’s public condemnation of a ‘large-scale’ cyber-attack on Australian institutions in June.
Mr Morrison only said it belonged to a ‘foreign actor’, but sources told media the culprit was China. According to the file, there was “no evidence” that China was involved.
The file also condemned Mr. Morrison’s bill to ban state governments and universities from making deals with China without federal approval and his updated foreign interference laws to lower the threshold for federal control of private deals with Chinese companies.
It also criticized the “scandalous condemnation” of China by Australian MPs.
China’s ’14 grievances’
1. ‘Continued Willful Interference in Chinese Affairs in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan’
2. ‘Participating in the US’ Anti-China Campaign and Spreading Misinformation ‘
3. ‘Thinly disguised allegations against China about cyber attacks without any evidence’
4. ‘An unfriendly or antagonistic report about China by the media’
5. Provide funding to ‘anti-Chinese think tank for spreading false reports’
6. ‘Law on Foreign Interference’
7. ‘Decisions on Foreign Investments’
8. ‘Banned Huawei technologies and ZTE from the 5G network’
9. ‘Politicization and stigmatization of normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia’
10. Making statements ‘about the South China Sea at the United Nations’
11. ‘Scandalous condemnation of the ruling party of China by MPs and racist attacks on Chinese or Asian people’
12. “The Early Search and Reckless Seizure of Houses and Property of Chinese Journalists”
13. Calls for an independent investigation into Covid-19
14. ‘Legislation to Investigate Agreements with a Foreign Government’