Bill Bishop slams Jane Golly

Via Bill Bishop’s excellent Sinocism:

Australia ‘is sick’, needs to take medicine: China’s Foreign Ministry – Global Times

China is not responsible for the current difficulties facing China-Australia relations. It is the Australian side that torn up the cooperation agreement between China and Australia, sabotaging normal exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday…

“Australia is sick, however it is asking others to take medicine, which will not solve the problem at all,” Wang said.

2021年4月27日外交部发言人汪文斌主持例行记者会 — 中华人民共和国外交部



Another event that could make the PRC-Australia relationship even more tense is the strange case of an anonymous research paper on Xinjiang.

ANU academic Jane Golley slammed for ‘sub-par’ China genocide research on Uighurs – Sydney Morning Herald

Professor Jane Golley, who runs the Australian National University’s Centre for China, caused a storm among Sino-watchers when she used an address to the National Press Club last week to refer to an anonymous document to say the estimated figure of 1 million Uighur Muslims who have been through re-education camps was probably exaggerated.

The paper, seen by this masthead, also claimed findings of forced sterilisations were in fact “family planning”.

Academic’s mea culpa Uighur comments – Jane Golley – The Australian

The Australian has asked me to amplify my comments at the Press Club last week about Xinjiang. I am extremely concerned that these comments, which were centred on threats to academic freedom and the need to assess the evidence, may have offended the many Uighurs who I have no doubt are suffering at the hands of an increasingly repressive Chinese government.

I am also concerned that my remarks have been misinterpreted by some as a criticism of the academic literature on the topic. This was not my intent. I was sent the anonymous article that I referred to in my speech via a number of Australian China specialists who share my concern that “China debates” in Australia are being stifled: anyone who speaks out about the mainstream, or “dominant”, press narrative is quickly crushed.

Comment: I have read the paper, it is not particularly convincing, to be diplomatic.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. DingwallMEMBER

    Jane Golley, who runs the Australian National University’s Centre for China……………Another one whose snout is obviously buried deep in the trough…..

    • She was atrocious on the four corners.
      One of the last remaining it’s not them it’s us muppets..
      Her bully analogy was telling.

      • Yep, basically it was ‘don’t upset the bully cos you’ll get a black eye’

  2. China hold all the aces we don’t manufacture anything, can’t vaccinate a mere 25 million people.

  3. Questioning the dominate narrative is fine if you can match the evidence of the dominate narrative, using the Press Club as a platform to spout what is likely CCP propaganda which has no credible supporting evidence & is from an unnamed source is unprofessional & dumb at minimum


    “claimed findings of forced sterilisations were in fact “family planning”
    And the organ harvesting operations were actually weight loss procedures.

  5. El MerenderoMEMBER

    Academic freedom sits at the critical intersection between academic rigour, integrity and ethics . Failing any of that, the ‘academic’ shield does not apply at all.

    The status of one’s academic credentials is directly proportional to the academic quality of the material they produce or endorse as such. She has shown that her academic credentials are well below par and certainly not anywhere near the level required for someone who occupies that position.

    She is entitled her opinions, and to be at the receiving end of all that those opinions entail. But if she tries to pass as ‘academic’ something that hardly reaches that yardstick, then there’s a huge problem.

    Not only she has discredited herself, but she has brought the institution employing her into disrepute on an international stage.

    I challenge the ANU to defend these hypothetical scenario as ‘academic freedom’: ANU academic director of the National Centre of Indigenous Studies attends a conference organised by the Ramsay Centre where they claim to have read an anonymous and non-peer-reviewed paper that debunks the dominant narrative about the massacres of the First Nations people and the forcible transfers of their kids, in the same way she has tried to negate the atrocities in Xinjiang.

    Now she is very sorry. That she has been exposed. It’s the sorrow of Lance Armstrong: I apologise that I have been caught. She is, or must be, the most chronically misunderstood academic ever.

    And the article in The Age was a similar atrocity:

    In summary: “I am not a Xinjiang expert, yet I know more than Pompeo who has access to classified intelligence, and my ‘knowledge’ of Xinjiang allows me to endorse a piece of c**p that would fail as an undergrad essay as countering the dominant narrative about Xinjiang, to an extent that perfectly aligns with the narrative the Chinese embassy wants to impose here.”

    Mission accomplished, it seems: