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Pot calling the kettle black.

14 ( +19 / -5 )

China's acting like a toddler throwing its toys out of the pram. The pressure must really be biting.

19 ( +23 / -4 )

People wonder why a national leader would have such a strong opinion to an artwork done by a normal young artist in China.”

He didn't have "such a strong opinion" to an artwork done by a normal young artist in China; he had a "strong opinion" to a Chinese official tweeting it.

15 ( +19 / -4 )

People wonder why a national leader would have such a strong opinion to an artwork done by a normal young artist in China.”

Not exactly "an artwork done by a normal young artist in China", unless artworks by normal young artists in China are habitually posted and offensively captioned by spokespeople for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Morrison - or rather a spokesperson for Morrison - should re-post Zhao Lijian.

“Shocked by murder and repression of Uighur civilians being made prisoners by Chinese soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, & call for holding them accountable.”

13 ( +16 / -3 )

The Chinese Communist regime was like a Nazi regime from WWII.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Do the same with Xi the Pooh and CCP/PLA and watch their reaction of "paying a high price".

15 ( +18 / -3 )

Maybe Australia should photoshop a picture of a Chinese tank running over a protester in Tiananmen square.

oh that’s right, there’s no need to photoshop that

16 ( +19 / -3 )

Full support to our Australian friends, communist dictatorship has no moral base to criticize free democratic country

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Pot, meet kettle. Australia decries insidious lies cooked up by Chinese officials. Chinese officials refute allegations based on fact and backed up with documentary proof.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

Australia rightfully investigated those crimes and will take action to correct the culture that allowed it to continue for so long.

China... just another day in paradise as a whole culture is imprisoned and forced to work and as it tries to strong arm the AP to give up their land.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

The CCP is getting a little to touchy over Australia's call for an independent investigation into the originators of the pandemic. Oh well, you know how the saying goes, "liar, liar, your tweets on fire."...

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Does the concept of hypocrisy not exist in Chinese? They really do like to take the pish, don’t they? Makes you wonder if it’s an actual strategy to ;

A) deliberately make the world angry at China,

which leads to

B) a fervent nationalistic Chinese populace angry at the world

with the desired result of

C) the Chinese people too upset at the outside world to be angry at their own real enemy. Their corrupt overlords.

Check mate.

Sound legit?

8 ( +9 / -1 )

-I thought China had a policy of not commenting on internal domestic matters! Apparently not, how’s that Tianamen Square investigation going, anyone charged yet?

9 ( +10 / -1 )

The image speaks to the Chinese population. It's intent, to demonize western culture, religion and it's people to the Chinese, with the very likely consequence of stirring the people to support military action to curb a behaviour that will have been falsely presented and wipped up to a fervent degree. The platform for this is already in place on many fronts throughout the South China sea affecting all of their near neighbours. Pacific nation debt traps, Bhutan, Nepal, India, African debt traps. As well supporting Iran in a multitude of issues ranging from backing regime's ethnic cleansing and terrorism to the nuclear proliferation issue. And let's by all means not forget North Korea and Taiwan just to name a few of the many issues that they may seek to gain leverage by force. So gaslighting Australia is just a means to further ramp up the fervour at home and cement their own position while telling the troops to be loyal and ready to fight to the death for their country/party. In an environment where they've been responsible for the spread of a pandemic that has all but crippled the world in so many ways, on top of behind the scenes support of conflicts that have lead to Europe being flooded with refugees from many conflict zone's, sending people from completely opposed cultural backgrounds to seek refuge in totally foreign countries and environment's further exasperating regional and local conflicts and expenditure issues throughout. Nothing should be ignored, nor left unanswered. But protesting will just play into their hands and make the indignant look guilty to the target market. They have to be called out for all of their may misdeeds, loud and clear so their own population understand's what exactly it is that they're being steered into and the completely fallacious premise whereupon they will be called to lay down their lives. So if inquires lead to them recompensing the globe just one centilla of the damage incurred by them, my advice is to not be distracted and simply stay the course.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

No one believes China anymore the trust is non existent....

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The CCP is irrelevant. They can be ignored as the liars, thieves, hypocrites that they are. Just dont step on it and walk inside it will stink up the house. Shall I post a picture of that on Twitter?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Any country that becomes dependant on China for imports or exports will be blackmailed by the communists.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Australia can easily retaliate with similar messages about Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong etc, but that would require a twisted mindset and total lack of class.

China has a monopoly on both!!!!

10 ( +11 / -1 )

China is over reacting and needs to check itself.

Threats are becoming a daily thing out of the CCP and they have made it clear their intention , no one should is sitting idly by thinking they are peaceful and mean well either.

They have told their people to prepare for war, they have shown their true hand !

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Bullying by Xi the Pooh and his corrupt regime. The CCP has probably forgotten about the Wuhan virus which has caused the death of over 1.5 million people so far. This is much worse than what Australian soldiers did in Afghanistan. China poses a serious threat to world peace and democracy.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

The Chinese are trolling the Aussies and winding them up like clockwork toys, too funny!

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

China is like that obnoxious, smarmy kid in class whom everyone hates. His raison d'etre is to go around making as many enemies as possible.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

ulysses Dec 04, 2020 at  04:54 pm JST

Australia can easily retaliate with similar messages about Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong etc, but that would require a twisted mindset and total lack of class.

I couldn't agree more with the above remark.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Considering the claims of serious misconduct by 19 Australian military personnel in Afghanistan have been investigated by the Australian Government and strong actions have been taken to address the report findings, China's deliberate spreading of a fabricated image via social media accounts controlled by its Ministry of Foreign Affair is totally unjustified, repugnant, and destructive.

China is surely aware that the misconduct of 19 Australian personnel is incomparable to the magnitude of its programs of systematic torture and political brainwashing millions of Tibetans and Uighurs in Tibet and Xinjiang.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

The Chinese are trolling the Aussies and winding them up like clockwork toys, too funny!

And how's that helping their reputation in the world?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Bought a bottle of Australian wine at the liquor store yesterday. I don't drink wine but maybe will have some over that does sometime.

I have not purchased numerous gifts in the last week due to checking the country of origin before adding to cart.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I bet most of the folks 'outraged' about China's behaviors accept similar behaviors from the US.

The reality is that China is beginning to act as if it is the world's largest economy, the key and controlling country for the largest trading network in the world, for the simple reason that it is, and these folks are like a privileged White man in the Jim Crow states confronted by a Black man who now has more power than they do.

As the song goeS

The Times, they are a changing

>

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

It is not just Australia. Have readers here been following the diplomatic disputes the Swedes and Czechs (with support from Slovakia btw) have with China? France has a bitter dispute with the Chinese over their comsulate in New Caledonia, the lease for which expired years ago and the landlord wants their building back but the Chinese are now calling it "sovereign Chinese territory" and refusing to vacate. The building has electronics on the roof that is thought to be used to collect intelligence on the French. It is behavior like that which angers people. Many European nations are not happy with China's wolf warrior diplomacy and are pushing back. EU nations are moving away from China. They have even approached the incoming Biden administration about a summit to discuss a mutual strategy against the Chinese. The Brits are looking at ways to base Royal Navy ships near the South China Sea, presumably Singapore but nothing has been signed yet (not sure they will have the means either, but that is a separate matter). France is also looking for ways to strengthen their naval forces in the Pacific. Xi Jinping has managed to turn nations that were once friendly towards China against them, just as he has angered ethnic groups inside China.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

China is getting even more cocky and hypocritical. Time for the relatively 'normal' countries to continue to push back against China and their aggressive posturing in the South China Sea and elsewhere. When the majority of Chinese people find out the truth, the Communist government will fall and that may only be a matter of time with the power of the Internet. They can try to censor it but only to a certain extent and only for so long.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Australian leaders should start tweeting about the Chinese genocide being perpetrated against the Uighurs, and about the massacre at Tienanmen square. No photoshop needed, these are actual murders by the Chinese government.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

He was referring to a disturbing report by Australia’s military earlier this month that found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians during the conflict in Afghanistan. It recommended that 19 soldiers be referred to federal police for criminal investigation.

It's no longer 'alleged' war crimes if their is already evidence!

Must felt like a boomerang hit the right spot!

A mere tweet will not make the evidence insignificant nor change the facts!

Anyways I'm sure Australia will continue to have da-kine strong diplomatic ties with 'bully' China .

Canberra will prove me wrong if they establish diplomatic relations with democratic ROC-TW instead!

If OZ insists on hugging authoritarian PROC then no need for them whinin and complainin .

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

I bet most of the folks 'outraged' about China's behaviors accept similar behaviors from the US.

When have other nations including allies been even a little bit reluctant to criticize the US for all and sundry? I have been hearing the steady drumbeat of criticism of the US from Europe and Asia all of my life.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

People wonder why a national leader would have such a strong opinion to an artwork done by a normal young artist in China.”

This is particularly rich coming from the country that banned Winnie the Pooh over a meme.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

"Pot, meet kettle. Australia decries insidious lies cooked up by Chinese officials. Chinese officials refute allegations based on fact and backed up with documentary proof..."

Wow. Either the level of literacy here has fallen dramatically, or readers have heard none of the Chinese goverment's denials of the internment and treatment of the Uighur people...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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