South China Sea crisis: Australia dependent on China due to ‘greed’ | World | News

China is Australia’s biggest trading partner, which has made Beijing crucial to the economy in Canberra but also made standing up to Chinese President Xi Jinping difficult. Asian politics expert Kerry Brown told Express.co.uk greed in Australia has played a huge part in this seemingly impossible diplomatic dilemma. He said: “I think [former Prime Minister] Tony Abbott said a few years ago that ‘the Australian attitude to China is typified by fear and greed’, and that’s probably about the smartest thing he said. “ “It’s not just about China. China…

South China Sea crisis: Australia make defiant warning to China as tensions spill over | World | News

Canberra has told President Xi Jinping via a statement that it will hold Beijing to account for human rights transgressions in the country’s Xinjiang region. Many Uighur muslims have been locked up in chilling “re-education camps” which aim to force Islamic communities to abandon their faith in favour of state support. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Tuesday: “We must respect each other’s sovereignty, but we will consistently continue to raise issues such as human rights, including, as I have said, with China. “Turning a blind eye to all…

Chinese premier ‘ready to work’ with Australia

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has offered to work with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to get the strained relationship between China and Australia “on the right track”. Despite various tensions between the two nations, Premier Li said they shared “extensive common interests” on economic and trade issues. Premier Li said there was a “solid foundation” and “strong potential” for cooperation with Australia “in the face of downward economic pressure and a complex international situation.” “We are ready to work with the Australian side to keep our relationship on the right track,…

SUB.CO to launch new subsea cable between Oman and Australia

2h | Natalie Bannerman SUB.CO has announced it has selected Subcom to build a new international subsea cable system that will directly connect Muscat, Oman to Perth, Australia. The new system, called Oman Australia Cable (OAC), will be the only express cable continental Australia and EMEA, delivering the first secure, diverse and low latency route between the two continents. Designed as a three fibre pair system, OAC has th option to upgrade to four fibre pairs based on demand and will span approximately 9,700km with additional branching units designed…

‘Disturbingly lightweight’: Penny Wong targets Morrison over China and ‘negative globalism’ | Australia news

Penny Wong labels Scott Morrison’s warning against negative globalism “disturbingly lightweight” in a speech targeting his handling of foreign affairs and the China relationship. In a speech to the Australian Institute of International Affairs on Monday Labor’s shadow foreign affairs minister will argue that Morrison makes decisions against the national interest for “short-term political gain”. In a draft of the speech, seen by Guardian Australian, Wong also takes aim at Morrison for echoing Chinese propaganda by suggesting legitimate questions about the Liberal MP Gladys Liu’s links with China were racist.…

Peter Dutton accuses China of stealing intellectual property and silencing free speech | Australia news

The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has launched a swingeing attack on the Chinese Communist party, accusing it of engineering a series of cyber-attacks on Australian targets, stealing intellectual property and muzzling free speech. While drawing a clear distinction between “the amazing Chinese diaspora community in Australia” and the Chinese government, Dutton said Australia needed to have a “frank conversation” over China’s global influence: its infrastructure Belt and Road Initiative, expansionism in the South China Sea and growing military and aid presence in the Indo-Pacific. Dutton’s comments are, by some…

Peter Dutton targets Chinese Communist Party for hostile conduct towards Australia

Loading He said Australia enjoyed important democratic freedoms and any impingement on those values, by China or any other country, should be called out by the government. “We want university campuses to be free. We want them to be liberal in their thought. We want young minds to be able to compete against each other. But we don’t want interference in that space,” he said. A foreign interference taskforce with representatives from government and universities is currently working to address concerns around undue influence on campuses, sensitive research collaboration and cyber security…

China’s muscle-flexing shows defence planners need to prioritise northern Australia

Last week, the Chinese government demonstrated its continued mastery of multi-layered messaging. Nary a news media outlet in the world failed to cover the show-stopping, muscle-flexing military parade held in Beijing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. On the day, President Xi Jinping, resplendent in a charcoal-grey Mao suit, was beamed across the globe yelling ‘Comrades work hard!’ while passing the 15,000-strong line-up of military personnel. While this kind of nationalistic stage production may resonate with Chinese citizens, for those in the…