Oh, the cognitive dissonance! At Domain:
Australia’s former trade commissioner in China believes Australian business leaders must speak out against the deteriorating relationship between the two countries and that keeping low-profile is no longer an option.
Accusing the Australia China Business Council, the Business Council of Australia and the Australia-China CEO Roundtable of being silenced, Michael Clifton said the business community must do more to highlight China’s contribution to the economy and deserved better than to be dismissed as a greedy, self-interested “pro-Beijing lobby”.
Mr Clifton spent six years as the head of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in China until 2017 and now leads the China Matters think tank.
China Matters is not a “think tank”. It is a greedy, self-interested lobby that spends much of its time trying to undermine CCP critics:
China Matters hosts regular national meetings and China policy dinners to bring together a diverse set of senior representatives from government, business and academia. We regularly engage with parliamentary representatives at our China Matters in Parliament forum. Our aim is to formulate recommendations to strengthen Australian policy toward the People’s Republic of China. Check out our Eighth National Meeting, held at Como House in Melbourne.
China Matters board directors, advisory council and team members regularly publish commentary in Australian media which can be viewed on our public outreach page. China Matters does not have an institutional view.
Its greedy, self-interested funding partners insist upon it:
CM’s problem is the same as every other CCP apologist. They have not shifted with the new normal. Today, all business engagement with China comes with a democracy-busting grovel indistinguishable from treason.