Are we ready for Chinese international student violence?

Late last month, we witnessed violent protests at the University of Queensland, where international students from Hong Kong protesting in favour of secession were attacked by pro-Chinese Communist Party international students.

In the days following these protests, Hong Kong students reported repeated cases of intimidation and surveillance, with several too afraid to show their faces in public.

As noted on Monday, the response from the University of Queensland was…ahem…modest. Instead of reprimanding the offending Chinese students it instead merely stated that it expected staff and students to “express their views in a lawful and respectful manner, and in accordance with the policies and values of the university”.

The reasons for the weak-kneed response are obvious and relate purely to money.

First and foremost, the University of Queensland is highly dependent on international student enrolments, the majority of whom originate from China.

According to the Department of Education, there were around 15,400 international students enrolled at the University of Queensland in 2017, comprising around 30% of total students enrolments. This is a sharp increase on the 7,000 international students enrolled at the university in 2007, accounting for 18% of total student enrolments (see next chart).

Second, the University of Queensland is one of nine Australian universities that operates a China-backed Confucius Institute on campus. These institutes are funded and overseen by the Hanban, which is a fully funded subsidiary of China’s Ministry of Education. Their formal mission is to promote Chinese language and culture, and in doing so they provide an uncritical view of Chinese society.

The University of Queensland has also signed an agreement to “accept the assessment of the [Chinese] Headquarters on the teaching quality” at its Confucius Institute.

Finally, the University of Queensland took the extraordinary measure of appointing current Brisbane Chinese consul-general, Xu Jie, as an adjunct professor of language and culture at the University until December 2021. Alarmingly, Xu Jie’s consulate general in Brisbane praised the Chinese counter-protesters for their “acts of patriotism” against the Hong Kong secessionists.

If the experience at the University of Queensland was an isolated event, there might not be too much to worry about. However, similar violent protests have also taken place at the University of Auckland, prompting similar endorsement from China’s consulate general:

China’s consulate general in Auckland on Thursday (Aug 1) praised the “spontaneous patriotism” of pro-Beijing students who reportedly manhandled a Hong Kong-supporting protester on a university campus in New Zealand’s largest city.

In a statement, the Chinese mission also criticised pro-Hong Kong democracy activists in New Zealand for using “so-called freedom of expression” to spread falsehoods.

The statement, which attracted criticism from New Zealand lawmakers and academics, was issued after a scuffle on Monday at a University of Auckland demonstration supporting democracy in Hong Kong.

Video of the incident posted online shows a group of men, reportedly mainland Chinese, surrounding a female protester and heckling her before pushing her to the ground.

The consulate general in Auckland accused the protesters of “demonising” China and promoting secessionism for Hong Kong.

“The consulate general expresses its appreciation to the (pro-Beijing) students for their spontaneous patriotism, and opposes any form of secessionism,” it said.

It also condemned the protesters, saying they were “distorting the factual situation in Hong Kong under the pretext of so-called freedom of expression”.

The ScoMo Government is also now concerned that Chinese international students are threatening democratic freedoms:

“The Australian government expects our universities to have robust mechanisms in place to ensure international education partnerships comply with Australian laws, education quality standards and academic freedoms,” education minister Dan Tehan said.

“I will be meeting with vice-chancellors in early August and have placed this issue on the agenda for that meeting.”

Tehan added that the Attorney-General, who has been responsible for the foreign influence laws, had asked his department to specifically examine arrangements to ensure compliance with the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme.

In a statement, Universities Australia said it was also looking into its members’ compliance after amendments were made in April.

“In line with Australian Government policy, our nation’s universities are looking carefully at their agreements with foreign entities to ensure they comply with the new laws.”

“Australia’s universities also strongly uphold their institutional autonomy and control of curriculum and standards.”

Everybody should be concerned that Chinese diplomats have explicitly encouraged and praised violence by Chinese international students towards those from Hong Kong who are only defending their own democracy. This is against Australia’s (and New Zealand’s) laws and values, particularly with regard to the right to free speech and peaceful protest.

Alas, with the situation in Hong Kong deteriorating, we can probably expect worsening conflicts on Australian campuses.

Universities would be wise to prepare sterner responses to enforce Australian freedoms and must begin to extract themselves from their entanglements with Communist Party tyranny.

Comments

  1. Lol, Scummo faces a similar problem to that of a crack addicted whore. Do I take it up the pooper without a condom from Xi for that extra hit of crack? He looks so cuddly and history says he surely wouldn’t give me a triple dose of HIV, Syphilis and VD. Decisions decisions.

    Where is toughguy potatohead in all this? Strangely silent.

    I get the feeling the HK situation is going to get very messy.

    • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

      This is our future – we should be celebrating the vocal differences of cultural opinion, after all it is the differences in cultural values that make us who we are today, individuals residing in the EZFKA.

      It is almost quaint to think that once upon a time migrants were expected to leave their cultural baggage behind in the shyt holes they were leaving and expected to become ‘Australian’, one people, one culture as they assimilated and integrated into the society that built all that we enjoy today.

      Glad we have left those racyst days behind us – aren’t you?

      Multiculturalism – forward to the futures, stronger and more united.

      • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

        Ah, Dummy’s back! How you going dumb-dumb?

        I see your sentence structure is still as limited as your IQ, but then for half breed east end Geezer boy I suppose you’re doing well to be even able to turn on the computer and type out those few words… your mother would be proud, I bet she never thought you’d amount to anything more than a cum repository for her wealthy sub-continental kebab store benefactors.

  2. Did everybody just miss the point? It’s nit universities we need to solely concern ourselves wit here. We’ve let hundreds of thousands of people into the country who are actively working for a foreign power. Meanwhile all we’ve done is blame Muslims for terrorism. Talk about bait and switch. We are being taken over economically, socially, politically and are far too blasé about it

    • billygoatMEMBER

      Mosser you’re too polite….We HAVE being taken over economically, socially, politically and are far too blasé SMUG RIGHTEOUS COMPLACENT SATISFIED HAPPY CONTENT about it…if you question the Ch$$$$e & other immi$$$$t effect you are RA$E IST

    • innocent bystander

      hopefully issues like this, and the reporting of, will open the eyes of some.
      better to have it outed in a skirmish like this.

      • Me? God no!
        They obviously are though this might be changing thingshttps://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/07/masked-men-destroy-hong-kong-lennon-wall-at-australias-university-of-queensland

  3. The utterly compromised University Administration will do nothing off their own bat. But the answer is simple. Have a few people up before the courts on foreign influence charges, and immediate revokation of student visas for any student involved in intimidatory violence. That will soon quieten things down.

  4. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    Do they still teach history at University?

    “On September 30, 1938, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, French Premier Edouard Daladier, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact, which sealed the fate of Czechoslovakia, virtually handing it over to Germany in the name of peace. Although the agreement was to give into Hitler’s hands only the Sudentenland, that part of Czechoslovakia where 3 million ethnic Germans lived, it also handed over to the Nazi war machine 66 percent of Czechoslovakia’s coal, 70 percent of its iron and steel, and 70 percent of its electrical power. Without those resources, the Czech nation was left vulnerable to complete German domination.”

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      Yeah, but it’s the type of history where you worry more about the rising tide of violent right-wing populist fascism in your own country before hypothetical threats of infiltrators from other countries.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Hypothetical eh?

        “China will not stand idly by and will be forced to take countermeasures should the US deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in this part of the world,”

        Note how they say “This part of the World”

        Beijing is 8150km from London

        And yet Canberra is 9000km from Beijing.

        How much of the World do they need to claim Suzerainty over before your concerned Smithy?

      • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

        I worry more about low testosterone beta’s who think that opening their nation to all people, cultures and values will somehow make our society better able at solving the problems it faces.

        These brain dead numpties think Right Wing extremism is something that has arisen in a complete vacuum, as opposed to an understandable reaction to elitists who choose to govern our nations in accordance to their own contrived values, and that suppressing discussion on ‘hurty feelings” subjects is a virtue as opposed to a form of tyranny.

        The worst part about them? They see their arrogance as virtue and believe they are morally superior to more conservative individuals, who see the value in preserving existing social values and structures rather than simply tearing them down to satisfy their own conceited ‘progressive’ arrogance.

        The “Professor” is correct, biggest threat to Australia and Australian society is from within, but it isn’t the “Alt-Right” or those who speak up in disagreement to the progressive agenda, who are behind the threat.

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        Hypothetical eh?

        Yeah. As in “being talked about” as opposed to “actually happening”.

        How much of the World do they need to claim Suzerainty over before your concerned Smithy?

        How many of our rights and privileges have to be destroyed before “first they came for X” starts ringing true for you ?

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        These brain dead numpties think Right Wing extremism is something that has arisen in a complete vacuum, […]

        LOL.

        Nobody thinks it has “arisen in a complete vacuum”. There’s a whole industry of fearmongering and bigotry that’s been breeding hatred, division and conflict for decades as a distraction from the actual villains.

      • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

        There’s a whole industry of fearmongering and bigotry that’s been breeding hatred, division and conflict for decades as a distraction from the actual villains

        LOL – think about what you are saying you weak minded fool. Where is the profit in questioning policies that oppose a core plank that supports Mass Migration? Multiculturalism IS profitable, massively highly profitable, because it helps facilitate demand by force feeding consumers into the economy. Yet you actually think there’s more money to be made opposing it.

        Where’s the profit in seeking lower demand? Name the industry… can’t can you, because there is none, especially compared to the hundreds of billions to be made by force feeding people into our nations.

        The ‘industry’ you refer to are mainly people who are dissatisfied with the explanations that they’re being given, while they are told to be silent over their nation being given the phuck away because of weak minded idiots like you.

        ‘Whole Industry’ ROFLAO – you gullible weak minded fool.

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        LOL – think about what you are saying you weak minded fool. Where is the profit in questioning policies that oppose a core plank that supports Mass Migration? Multiculturalism IS profitable, massively highly profitable, because it helps facilitate demand by force feeding consumers into the economy. Yet you actually think there’s more money to be made opposing it.

        I tried to follow your convoluted reasoning here, but gave up. Protip: words have real meanings – “high volume, low skill immigration” and “multiculturalism” are not synonymous, no matter how much you want to use them as such. Nobody is suggesting there is profit in “opposing multiculturalism” (whatever you might think that means), they are suggesting there is a great deal of money in large amounts of cheap labour, policies of which have been implemented and supported by centrist and right-wing neoliberal parties for decades now.

        Contrary to your replacement theory conspiracy, the supply-siders running the country only marginally care about where the people come from, in the sense that if they’re coming from places the locals think of as similar (like most did until fairly recently), it’s less likely to stir up much angst in the populance. Of course, as Australia has steadily become a less and less attractive emigration destination from other first-worlders due to increasing costs and decreasing opportunity, the proportion of people arriving from those regions has shrunk.

        The ‘industry’ you refer to are mainly people who are dissatisfied with the explanations that they’re being given, while they are told to be silent over their nation being given the phuck away because of weak minded idiots like you.

        The industry is Murdoch, alongside scores of useful idiots in the conservative and white supremacist movements who have enthusuiastically – if rather ironically – become the tools of neoliberal globalisation so they can get their hate on about uppity women, the poors and brown people more prominently, all supported by their cynical allies in political ranks who are happy to encourage whatever so as to distract away from the ruinous policies they are implementing. These people overwhelmingly control the narrative across TV, radio and print media.

        TL;DR – you care more about hating on the darkies than class war and are happy to support the elites so long as they keep enabling your ability to do that.

      • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

        The Industry is “Murdoch” ?

        The guy who married an Asian is a racyst white supremacist?!?!

        Blah ha ha ha ha ha hah!

        You are a phucking idiot – who do you think sponsors one or the other of the major parties and supports their platforms? Who was responsible for Blair’s New Labor? The guy has bank rolled all the major parties and their polices, for years and years and years – the guy is on record for supporting population growth, because guess what – it sells more papers.

        OMG you are such a frigging fool, “Murdoch” may be guilty of many things but supporting white supremacy ain’t one of them. Yeah, maybe in the past couple years he’s starting to have some reservations, with the extreme levels of immigration that we’ve been having, but then so has MB. And yeah, like MANY people he may have some issues with some particular cultural groups, but by and large the guy has been big supporter of Multiculturalism.

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/31/rupert-murdoch-australia-embrace-immigrants-economy

        Even if I considered that pathetic suggestion, which I don’t, you’d still have to look over the entire FIRE industry, the land barons like Harry Triguboff and Frank Lowy and the hundreds of millions they’ve spent on pushing these polices in order to land on Murdoch.

        Murdoch?!? ha ha ha ha….. mate you such a parody of a progressive phuckwit you could give Titania McGrath a run for her money.

  5. Perhaps University of Queensland could found a local Quisling League of like-minded universities here in Australia. Faint echoes of the US Ivy League with a domestic twist.

  6. This is vibrancy manifest. For a century, Mandarin Han Chinese have been whooping the @sses of minorities, it is a unique part of their culture. This is something you wouldn’t have experienced in that horrible Sunday roast culture that preceded what we have now.

  7. Omg wtf. This requures letterd written. Will get on it today.
    Why didny msm covrr this loudly??

  8. Jolly Trollop 6

    Apprehend the troublemakers. Cancel their visas and deport them. This bullshit shouldnt be tolerated

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      Hey, they wouldn’t even deport the filth who dropped an echidna off a bridge to see if it would bounce…and trust me, TPTB value an echidna’s life more than an Australian’s. And money. They value money more than an Australian’s life.

      They’re here to stay, no matter what they do.

    • Cue complaints from the CCP that their henchmen (pardon me, ‘compatriots’) have been mistreated by the Strayan authorities.

      You couldn’t make this up — get these farkers out of here and do it in a robust and publicly humiliating way. Send a strong message to the CCP that this kind of thing won’t tolerated.

      Instead, what will happen is several elected reps (little more than apologists — bought and paid for) will come out to defend this reprehensible behaviour.

  9. First and foremost, the University of Queensland is highly dependent on international student enrolments, the majority of whom originate from China.

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  10. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    all the snowflakes shaking there open border brains around I hope you know that “spontaneous patriotism” includes calling white people “white pigs”

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      The Chinese hold us in complete disdain, especially those we’ve already given a Visa to. You should hear the stuff said about us by Chinese I know in Australia when they forget I am able to understand. Ingrates is an extreme understatement to describe these people who have been gifted a ticket out of the home nation they allow to be a crap hole, to then laugh openly at the generosity of Australian society while they pour into our social welfare, a system to which they have and never will contribute. It’s a feeding frenzy, and this is from a cohort of corrupt multimillionaires.

  11. We should do the reverse of what Bob Hawke did during the Tiananmen Square massacre – deport the violent anti-protest students

  12. That praise for the violent patriotic actions of people just overcome with love for the motherland has echoes of Japanese fascism in the 1930s. Not a great lover of the US, but very glad they’re around to bully the Chinese away from the same tragic mistakes made by Japan.

  13. All it would take is an amendment to the character provisions of the migration act along the lines of not advocating political violence whilst on a student visa and then a few visa cancellations and a fair bit of guts by the Government.

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      It’s not for a lack of rules, but for a lack of willingness to apply them.

  14. John Howards Bowling Coach

    I think this single issue of protest and counter protest by the pro Beijing and Communist Party controlled Chinese student societies in Australia has result in as many violent protests in Australia as I can recall from Nazi types in Australia in my entire lifetime. It’s a true wake up call to see that the loudly foot stamping communist party are able to enlist their violent crowds on our home soil more readily that the supposed scary band of Australian pro white racists. Frazer Anning that fool certainly has none of the power to start a riot that the Chinese Communist Party does on Australian Shores. Not that this will be debating tonight on The Drum, Q&A, or any SBS platform.