One of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesmen have continued the department’s onslaught against Australia, called on Canberra to recognize that its country has a problem of racism.
Only two days later Wang Wenbin lashed out at the federal government’s “reasons” Claiming to have caused a drop in Chinese investment, he called on Australia over issues Prime Minister Scott Morrison had previously vehemently denied.
On Wednesday, a survey from the Lowy Institute revealed that one in five Chinese-Australians said they had been threatened or physically assaulted in the past year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and tensions in Australia’s relations with China.
One in three people feel mistreated.
Responding to the survey, Wang said it was time for Australia to “admit” its racism problem.
“We hope the Australian side will recognize this problem, make their people better citizens, solve the problem of racism and discrimination at home and safeguard the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Australia,” he said.
In June, China’s tourism and education ministry warned students and other Chinese nationals to avoid traveling to Australia due to increasing discrimination and racist attacks.
Morrison dismissed the warning as “rubbish”, while education minister Dan Tehan said Australia was “one of the safest places in the world” for international students.
China is ‘very concerned’
But nine months later, Wang repeated Beijing’s stance, saying the Chinese Communist Party was still plagued by discrimination facing Chinese citizens in Australia.
“For some time, there has been ongoing discrimination in Australia against people of Asian origin, including overseas Chinese, which poses a serious threat to the safety and rights and legitimate interests of Chinese citizens in Australia,” he said.
“We are very concerned about this.”
Dr Haiqing Yu, a Chinese digital media expert at RMIT University, told ABC The World that it proved to be Chinese-Australians at risk.
“There has been an increase in cases of racism against Chinese and Asians in Australia, during the Covid-19 outbreak but also before that,” he said.
On Monday, the Chinese embassy in Canberra released a speech made by Wang Xining, Deputy Head of the Chinese Mission to Australia, in which he said the government and media had made it difficult for Australians to make friends with China.
“It seems like being friends with China, being friends with China is a sin and a mistake in Australia,” he said.
“Meanwhile, taking a firm stand against the Chinese would be a legislative stance by a patriotic Australian. Only then can Australian politicians win the hearts of the Australian population.”
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