Bullied student seeks restraining order against Angry China diplomat

Via Domain and drawn from the OMG files:

A University of Queensland student has sought a court order similar to a restraining order against the Chinese Consul-General in Brisbane, Dr Xu Jie, who he claims has endangered him by describing him as an anti-Chinese separatist in a statement published on the Consul-General’s website.

Drew Pavlou, who was last week elected as a student representative to UQ’s senate, has made an application under the state’s Peace and Good Behaviour Act and is seeking an order against Dr Xu in response to his complaint.

Dr Xu has been summoned to appear in the Queensland Magistrates’ Court on November 22, at which point a magistrate may dismiss or grant the order.

According to the summons and accompanying court documents filed by Mr Pavlou, he has been identified on Chinese social media and in the Chinese government-owned Global Times, as well as in Chinese-language media in Australia, as a key organiser of a July rally held at the university in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The rally attracted a violent response from some pro-Chinese government protesters, during which Mr Pavlou says he was twice assaulted.

The following day Dr Xu, who is also an adjunct professor at the university, posted a statement in Chinese on the Consulate-General’s website reading in part that “a small number of people with ulterior motives carried out anti-China activists at the University of Queensland in Australia, causing indignation and protests from overseas Chinese students of the mainland and Hong Kong.

“The Consulate-General regards highly the importance of the safety of the overseas Chinese students and affirms the self-motivated patriotic behaviour of the overseas Chinese students. The Consulate-General resolutely opposes to [sic] any conduct by words or behaviour to split the country … and to incite anti-China behaviour.”

The statement refers to the university protest as “anti-China separatist activities.”

Also that day the Global Times published the statement and identified Mr Pavlou as an organiser.

After the statement was published Mr Pavlou’s social media accounts were flooded with abuse and death threats, according to court documents.

“I do feel that my safety is at risk,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “My parents have said I might have to move out because of the threats. They want me to be quiet but I feel I have to speak out.”

One wonders who UQ is defending in the action given in July it was revealed that UQ had signed agreements explicitly dictating that it “must accept the assessment of the [Confucius Institute] Headquarters on the teaching quality”.

It was also revealed that the same Brisbane Chinese consul-general, Xu Jie, who had praised the “acts of patriotism” by the violent Chinese student counter-protesters, was made an adjunct professor of language and culture at UQ:

Author of Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia, Professor Clive Hamilton, denounced this appointment:

“Appointing a serving foreign diplomat to a university post is unheard of … It shows how the University of Queensland has become so starry-eyed about China that it has lost its judgment.”

With this sordid background in mind, ABC News yesterday published a detailed expose providing more details of how UQ has been captured by the Chinese Communist Party:

The Chinese Government has co-funded at least four courses at the University of Queensland (UQ), including one on China’s role in “strengthening” responses to “global security challenges”, such as human rights, “mass atrocities prevention” and “counter-terrorism”…

The revelations come as UQ faces calls to review its lucrative deals with the Chinese Government, after a Four Corners — Background Briefing investigation last night revealed its Confucius Institute had veered into curriculum development and honorary staff appointments.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Peter Høj, was until recently a senior consultant to Beijing’s global Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and a member of its powerful governing council, which is responsible for more than 500 institutes operating in universities and schools across the world…

Four Corners also revealed last night that the director of UQ’s Confucius Institute personally nominated China’s Consul-General in Brisbane, Xu Jie, as an adjunct professor — the fifth such appointment of a Chinese diplomat at the university.

Shortly after his appointment in July, Dr Xu Jie was criticised by Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne for praising the “spontaneous patriotic behaviour” of Chinese students, some of whom clashed violently with anti-Beijing protesters.

Dr Xu remains an adjunct professor at the university…

Senior security adviser to the Federal Government, Ross Babbage, told Four Corners a complete review was needed at UQ in response to revelations of its involvement in funding the “Understanding China” course…

“Why would we permit a foreign authoritarian government through a Confucius Institute to play a role in determining the curriculum to be taught on an Australian campus? I find that bizarre,” [Professor Clive Hamilton] said.

It’s the pace of this conflict that is getting unsettling.

Comments

  1. UQ has seriously lost the plot. Clive Hamilton has nailed it but is way too polite. The Uni needs to be called out on this.

    The issue is that the CCP has ‘rivers of money’ behind it and a handful of fellow strayans just cannot resist the lure of all that moolah. Traitors the lot of them.

    • I guess the CCP is monitoring comments on this site and elsewhere. Any plans to travel to China soon?

      • No plans but I’m tempted to test your theory.

        The last time I travelled to China I was detained at Customs for having less than a month left on my passport (I was refused a visa in Brissy but decided to travel anyway – via HK, who were happy to allow me in). They stamped me in but potentially I’m already in their bad books

    • PalimpsestMEMBER

      If Australians don’t care enough to pay for Universities, and let’s face it they don’t have many courses on Cricket or League, then doesn’t market philosophy oblige them to get funding from somewhere that does? Are the people prioritising research and Australian industry the real un-Australians?

      • Luckily, I don’t have to worry about my old university, it soon will not be a university at all.

        Me and staggy went to this uni……

      • robert2013MEMBER

        There is a list showing the unis’ proportion of foreign students. UNE Armadale had only around 5%. That’d be my pick for a less “vibrant” experience.

      • Yup, Mickey Mouse Uni opening soon and the Uni of Yosemite (Sam) to follow.

        Proof that we’re the education hub of AsiaPac

        • The sad thing is that a lot of hard working students will be part of a certain vintage of Aussie degrees that may be globally tainted. There will be the debt burden to weigh heavily too in a jobless economy.

  2. Do I need to keep my view on the CCP to myself to protect my children who might attend universities in Australia?

    • Do you consent to their behaviour? Silence is just that & will foment further creepage & is what they seek! Watch Gavs Vid below……

  3. This is a bit of a stunt, because a protection order against Dr Xu is useless : the CCP already knows who Drew Pavlou is. One day he’ll walk along the street and get bashed up by people in mask like the HK pro-democracy leader Jimmy Sham.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-17/hong-kong-pro-democracy-leader-hospitalised-after-hammer-attack/11610386

    Instead, Mr Pavlou should be asking fr Dr Xu to be expelled from the university for being a CCP plant.

  4. I wonder if there will be a university student body push for a genuine ‘safe-space’ against foreign violence… as opposed to ‘micro-aggression’ and spreading your legs on a train seat.