So, let’s get through the daily Angry China update. First up, the Communist Party is roaring at the G7, via News:
China has fired back at G7 leaders following a joint declaration in Biarritz, accusing them of “meddling” and “harbouring evil intentions” over protests in Hong Kong.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a press conference in Beijing according to AFP reports.
It comes after G7 leaders issued a one-page declaration which included a section on Hong Kong, stating the group “reaffirms the existence and importance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 on Hong Kong and calls for violence to be avoided.”
“We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the statement made by the leaders of the G7 Summit on Hong Kong affairs,” Geng said at a press briefing in Beijing in response.
“We have repeatedly stressed that Hong Kong’s affairs are purely China’s internal affairs and that no foreign government, organisation or individual has the right to intervene.”
Whatevs. We’ve all got people there. You going arrest them too? Why not, at Domain:
The arrest in China of Australian writer Yang Hengjun has dialled up the pressure in an already tense relationship between the two countries, with Foreign Minister Marise Payne insisting Dr Yang was not an Australian spy and the Chinese foreign ministry hitting back directly saying it “deplores” her comments.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang responded late on Tuesday, saying “China deplores the Australian foreign minister’s statement on this case”.
He said the arrest of Dr Yang by the Beijing State Security Bureau had been approved by the prosecutor and that Dr Yang was in good health. “Australia should respect China’s sovereignty and stop interfering in China’s case handling,” he added, insisting that China was a country with rule of law.
Charming. In Hong Kong, there are now bounties for protesters, at Bloomie:
Hong Kong’s former leader took to social media to promote a website offering cash bounties to identify protesters who have perpetrated vandalism and violence, including the defacing of Chinese flags and national emblems, as unrest rocks the city.
Leung Chun-ying, who governed the former British colony between 2012 and 2017 and was in power during earlier pro-democracy protests in 2014, posted a link on his personal Facebook page that promised a crowd-funded bounty and anonymity to potential tipsters.
The website, 803.hk, is named after an Aug. 3 incident in which a demonstrator flung the Chinese flag into the water of Hong Kong’s harbor. It features requests for information on protesters who have lashed out at symbols of China’s authority as demonstrations opposing Beijing’s grip on the city continue. In Hong Kong, it is illegal to desecrate the national flag or emblem, with punishment ranging from a stiff fine to three years in jail.
Weirdly, when Kevin Rudd appeared on The Project last night, Hong Kong was not even mentioned. Nice bit of CPC propaganda by the champions of social freedom there. The omission gave Rudd a free ride in slamming both El Trumpo and Andrew Hastie, again at News:
“Trump has a number of highly legitimate complaints against Chinese trade practices,” Mr Rudd told the panel.
“But I question his ability to seal the deal, to close the deal.”
“Yeah, and it’s bulls***,” Mr Rudd quipped to roars of laughter from the audience.
…Mr Rudd was especially critical of Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie, who compared the unchallenged rise of China’s military to countries that sat idly by during the rise of Nazi Germany.
He repeated his description of Mr Hastie as being a “pubescent or pre-pubescent politician”, and added insult to injury by struggling to recall his exact name.
It was clearly orchestrated. And why not? Labor is a CPC disaster zone between Rudd/Keating apologism and NSW corruption, via Domain:
Sensational evidence emerged on Tuesday that Ms Murnain allegedly saw an Aldi shopping bag full of cash after it was dropped at the party’s headquarters by Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo.
Ms Murnain will give evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) after already telling ICAC that she had learnt that Mr Huang, a banned donor, was the “true source of the funds”.
The evidence has rattled Labor insiders and MPs, who warn that her appearance before ICAC could be the “trigger” that ends Ms Murnain’s reign as the first female general secretary of the NSW party.
Yeh, that’ll fix it. The long and terrible list of soiled and ruined CPC-related careers needs some kind of systemic remedy. Instead they’ve just appointed the member for China as leader.
At least the ACTU has some idea, via The Guardian:
The peak union body has urged the Morrison government to delay ratifying a free trade deal with Hong Kong amid human rights abuses and a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
A joint federal parliamentary committee has been examining the merits of free trade deals Australia has signed with Hong Kong and Indonesia, at hearings across the country this week.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions president, Michele O’Neil, seized on the escalating tensions in Hong Kong.
But the arts community is an absolute disgrace, at Domain:
Prominent Australian professor Clive Hamilton has questioned whether the National Gallery of Victoria only shows pro-China artists after a discussion panel on the Hong Kong protests was rejected on security grounds.
Organisers say the event, featuring pop star and activist Denise Ho, was confirmed then later cancelled citing security concerns, a decision Ms Ho said was “very alarming”.
Professor Hamilton, a leading critic of Chinese influence who was to speak at the event, said the NGV should have been the host.
“I don’t think public institutions should be deterred from hosting pro-democracy events featuring human rights activists who are being persecuted,” he said.
“It makes you wonder whether only Chinese artists who are smiled upon by the regime will be welcomed into the NGV. Is that now the case?
The NGV is currently running a high-profile exhibition of ancient Terracotta warriors on loan from China.
Of course it does. So long as it doesn’t upset the Communist Party of China.
Thankfully, other soft touches are on the turn, also at Domain comes snowflake Meshel Laurie:
I’m enrolled in the course myself by the way. I wasn’t lurking around campus in a trench coat spying on students. I’m five weeks into a Masters in Media and I’ve spent time in every class assisting non-English speaking students to comprehend the lesson and complete the set task.
On my first day, I sat with the Chinese kids because the racial divide in the classroom was so obvious it was embarrassing. Within half an hour we had to break into small groups to discuss something, because that’s the done thing in classes I’ve discovered.
I’m a committed multiculturalist from way back, from so far back I remember when Australian federal governments used the phrase “multiculturalism”. In a good way! I enjoy a diverse learning environment, and I understand the Australian university sector enjoys allowing Chinese parents to pay enormous amounts of money upfront to send their children here to study. It’s all good with me, but don’t we owe them some support when they get here? And when I say “we”, I don’t mean me and the kid I watched yesterday.
I don’t need everyone to speak English when they get here, but if you’re going to take their money and they can’t, can you at least provide them with the support they need? Can you not slyly rely on other students to fill that gap? I don’t want to have to write another sternly worded email!’
Another CPC disaster zone, UQ, can see the writing on the wall, also at Domain:
University of Queensland chancellor Peter Varghese has warned the higher education sector is locked in a funding model that relies on growing international student numbers and could “fundamentally” change the character of Australian universities.
“I think we do need to look very carefully at whether that is the direction in which we want to go,” he told an education summit hosted by The Australian Financial Review in Brisbane.
“The big question with international students is what is the right proportion of international students at our campuses before we fundamentally change the character of our universities,” he said.
Very obviously the answer is less and more public funding. Pedagogical standards have collapsed. Free speech has collapsed. UQ, UTS and Curtain are accused of profiteering from the annihilation of Uighers and probably surveillance of everybody else in China.
Australia is a deer in the deglobalisation headlights right now and Kevin Rudd says it isn’t happening!