News item 1.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has touched down in Canberra for a five-day visit focussed on strengthening China’s economic relationship with Australia and positioning his country as a bulwark against rising protectionism. China analyst Peter Cai from the Lowy Institute said the visit would be framed by the isolationist rhetoric emanating from the White House under US President Donald Trump.
News item 2.
A Sydney professor and critic of growing Chinese government influence in Australia has been prevented from boarding a flight to return home to Sydney, and has been told he is not allowed to leave China. Chongyi Feng is an Associate Professor in Chinese Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. More recently he had been vocal about the growing control and influence of Beijing on Australia’s Chinese-language media outlets.
So while Trump is criticized frequently and harshly for mostly manufactured and untrue allegations of tyranny, a real warmongering tyrant who holds power by terror and the force of arms, walks around in Australia enjoying a wave of mainstream media approval. Even while an Australian resident is being detained in China for no good reason.
Leaving aside the Chinese Premier’s professed care for free trade. An example of the rank hypocrisy communists are well known for, but still seems to wash well with the majority of the hapless Western media. Quote-
“It doesn’t matter which trading partner you talk to – be it the Japanese or the U.S. or neighboring countries or European countries. They all feel the same, that there’s a growing protectionism here,” Michael Clauss, the German ambassador to China, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.
A disgrace that makes me ashamed to be a Westerner.