Here’s a not so friendly reminder how the Chinese view Australian families, further highlighting why we must invest in local manufacturing and employment to protect our national interests and families.
The editor of a Chinese state media publication has described Australia as ‘gum stuck to the bottom of our shoe’ as the relationship between the once-friendly nations wanes during the coronavirus crisis.
Hu Xijin, editor at The Global Times, said relations between Canberra and Beijing were likely to deteriorate.
“After the epidemic, we need to have more risk awareness when doing business with Australia and also when we send our children to study there,” Hu wrote on Weibo.
“Australia is always there, making trouble. It is a bit like chewing gum stuck on the sole of China’s shoes. Sometimes you have to find a stone to rub it off.”
The comments come after the Morrison government declared it won’t give in to coercion, as the Chinese embassy doubled down on its claims Australia’s call for an investigation into the coronavirus is politically motivated and labelled our top diplomat a sham.
Australia has held firm on calls for a global review into the origins of the virus despite China’s threats to boycott Australian education, tourism and agriculture in retaliation.
“The government has made our displeasure with those remarks known,” Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Later in the day, a spokesperson for the embassy detailed DFAT head Frances Adamson’s phone call to ambassador Cheng Jingye over his threats.
Adamson told Cheng the proposal didn’t have a political motive and didn’t target China.
“Ambassador Cheng elaborated clearly China’s relevant position, stressing that no matter what excuses the Australian side has made, the fact cannot be buried that the proposal is a political manoeuvre,” the spokesperson said.
“Just as a western saying goes: Cry up wine and sell vinegar.”
The saying is a reference to offering up a good product but substituting it with a sham.
The ambassador also told Adamson Australia must “put aside ideological bias, stop political games and do more things to promote the bilateral relations”, the embassy said.
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