Stop seeing China as a threat, otherwise you won’t answer the phone
The Australian government, which has been”struggling” on anti-China issues for a long time,”jumps repeatedly”:while acting tough, it seeks”dialogue”.
The Australian Department of Commerce has been trying to hold a ministerial call with China since May, and the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also expressed its “willingness to talk” recently. In recent days, Australian Prime Minister Morrison is still”making waves” against China on anti-China issues such as the South China Sea and Hong Kong.
The British”Guardian” reported on the 21st that since May, the Chinese minister has not answered Australian calls. A senior official of the Chinese Embassy in Australia told the Guardian that unless Australia stops viewing China as a strategic threat, the Chinese minister will not start answering calls from the Australian minister.
The reason is very simple. The diplomat explained:”If you fight against a country, why should this country be friendly to you?”
△ Screenshot of the Guardian report< /p>
The British”Guardian” reported in an article on November 21 entitled”China Tells Australia:Stop Regarding China as a Threat, or I Will Not Answer the Phone” stated that China is urging the Morrison authorities to A clear decision to see China as a “threat” or an “opportunity” is a key prerequisite for the restart of the ministerial talks.
A senior official of the Chinese Embassy in Australia told the Guardian that unless Australia stops viewing China as a strategic threat, the Chinese Minister will not answer calls from colleagues in the Australian Minister.
The diplomat told the Guardian that although there is no sign of serious diplomatic differences between the two countries, he told the Australian government that Australia should consider how to”contain the deterioration of bilateral relations”And create a better atmosphere for negotiations.
In the interview, the official once again reiterated that “the responsibility lies with Australia”. He said:“Of course, you can say that it takes two people to tango (it takes two people to tango), but you see Now this problem is completely blamed on the Australian side.”
The official said that the Australian side should abandon the”Cold War mentality”:”The core problem is that we believe that the Cold War mentality should be discarded and China should be seen as an opportunity. Not a threat. Otherwise, the two sides will not be able to go on the right track.”
When asked,”If you treat China as an enemy, then China will become an enemy.” The embassy official explained:”If you are confronting a country, why should this country be friendly to you?”
Currently, the China-Australia ministerial talks are frozen and our minister refuses to answer the Australian minister’s phone. Australian ABC News claimed on May 18, local time, that on the eve of the formal anti-dumping duties, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan”didn’t answer” Australian Trade, Tourism and Development Minister Simon Birmingham’s call, nor”given a reason for rejection.”
In response, Zhao Lijian, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, responded:”I think that if the Australian Trade Minister wants to contact China, he should do so through normal diplomatic channels.”
The”Guardian” interview also confirmed that since May, our minister has not answered Australian calls.
However, China and Australia still maintain other contacts. Chinese diplomats regularly hold talks with officials of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Australian diplomats in China will also talk with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Simon Birmingham complained that for several months, he had not been able to call the Chinese Minister of Trade directly to discuss a series of actions related to Australian exports worth billions of dollars.
The Australian Prime Minister Morrison and his ministers have repeatedly stated that the initiative is in the hands of the Chinese government regarding Australia’s promotion of”mature and wise dialogue.” At present, the Australian side is still trying to negotiate with the Chinese minister on the phone, and the Australian Foreign Minister has frequently sent”signs of good faith”, expressing his willingness to resolve the issue through dialogue.
A spokesperson for the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Guardian on the 21st that the Australian authorities “have been prepared to conduct direct dialogue on China-Australia relations and differences between the two sides in a constructive manner”.
Birmingham and Australian Finance Minister Josh Friedenberg also reiterated this week that dialogue will be the”best way” to resolve any differences.
Australian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Christopher Langman also stated on November 13 that Australia hopes that the “technical” issues that interfere with trade with China can be resolved as soon as possible.
Despite the”self-righteous” release of goodwill by the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce, the Australian authorities and Australian Prime Minister Morrison continue to”make waves” on many anti-China issues involving China’s core interests.
On the 17th, Morrison went to Japan to sign a new defense agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Morrison stated that “Australia and Japan do not regard China as a strategic competitor”, and at the same time issued a joint statement with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, claiming to express “serious concern” about China’s actions in the South China Sea and “increasing concern” for Hong Kong. The deteriorating situation” expressed”serious concern”.
△Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Tuyuan:Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Then on the 18th, the governments of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom discussed the Hong Kong issue on Wednesday. A joint statement was issued, reiterating its serious concerns about China’s adoption of new rules to disqualify Hong Kong as elected members.
In the face of Australia, which has repeatedly proactively initiated provocative resistance on issues involving China’s core interests, the Chinese Embassy in Australia recently sent an official document of the Chinese government listing 14 Sino-Australian disputes to the Australian media .
A Chinese official stated in the document:”If you treat China as an enemy, then China will become an enemy.”
But on the 18th, Morrison responded arrogantly.”If the freedom of the media, the fact that elected MPs have attracted much attention for expressing opinions, and similar views on human rights issues with Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and other countries are the causes of tension between China and Australia, then China The essence of the tension in Australia’s relations is actually Australia’s ability to persevere in itself.”
As for the reasons for the sharp decline in China-Australia relations and the difficulties, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian once pointed out that looking back on China-Australia relations in the past few years, Some people in Australia adhere to the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice, and regard China’s development more as a threat, and subsequently adopt a series of wrong words and actions related to China. This is the root cause of the sharp decline in Sino-Australian relations and the difficult situation. (Comprehensive:Observer Network)
Source:People’s Political Consultative Conference