Repairing the AustraliaChina Relations is crucial to Australian post covid-19 economic recovery.
Three recent articles point to the necessity of repairing Australia-China relations that is vital to our economic recovery.
1. China diplomat urges end to ‘confrontation’ (AFR Oct 5, 2020) by CALLUM FOOTE |: Mdm Fu Yin, PRC’s former Ambassador to Australia has called for an end to confrontation and abusive language in increasing hostile media exchanges between Australia and China, which has created an unfriendly atmosphere and stirring up anti-China rhetoric.
She believes that much misunderstanding arises because of the lack of first-hand information due to language barriers and deep-rooted prejudice which can be eliminated if both countries show mutual commitment and will to do so.
2. China is opening the door. Will Australia walk through it? (AFR Oct 7, 2020, JM 8 Oct 2020) by GEOFF RABY
Former Australian Ambassador Geoff Raby joined in the chorus and said that the Morrison government would be obdurate if he did not take up this gesture. He further added that foreign policy is too subtle and nuanced to be allowed to be subsumed by rigid ideological positions, flat stereotyping, and weaponizing by the security and intelligence establishments and the think tanks they feed. Australia’s interests require diplomacy to return to the driver’s seat of Australia-China relations."
A Pun comments in JM & SMH: By offering the olive branch, which is magnanimous gesture for a powerful nation, it removes a lot negative stereotyping of China as a "bully" and other Cold War descriptors. China is wise to change tack when a hard approach to Australia does not work; a softer tone will mend fences. As for the 1.2 million Chinese Australians, it is welcome news and it reduce the stress and trauma of being phenotypically Chinese and we would request PM Morrison to response positively to this olive branch in the interests of all Australians.
3. Australia's dependence on China has never been so starkly illustrated
by Eryk Bagshaw (The Age & SMH 7 Oct 2020):
A Pun comment in SMH: The time has come for us not to bury our heads in the sand and pretend nothing has happened. The is the first SMH article that starkly illustrate the how Australia's economy is deeply dependent onChina. There is no need for China to be loud, bully or arrogant about this and all they have to do is pull the choke chain when provoked to do so - then we ask ourselves "Does it hurt?" This article does not paint an optimistic picture of post covid-19 economic recovery without China and Australians must be informed to make a decision, how to continue to trade strategically with China and maintain our way of life. Hence, mutual respect for each other political system and values are pre-requisite for a long term mutual peace and prosperity future for our next few generations.
It would be timely for the PM Morrison & Opposition seriously reflect Australia economic position and diplomatic opportunity presented by these three articles: and the report by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (6Oct2020) and make repair the Australia-China relations in our national interests.
We are anticipating that the world will slip into recession and possible depression much deeper than the "great depression" in 1930s. According to the prediction of the "brave "Budget that we have to have, Australia is looking at some very bleak economic figures with estimated Budget deficit and debt burden of around $1.7 trillions by 2031. Such figures will be remembered for the next 100 years by our children.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Foundation President, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
Mr. Kinsley Liu, National President of CCCA
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group: Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelley, James Leung, Lee Xj Li,Tony Pang, Kee Guan Saw, Junxi Su, Khoon Tan, Tony Tang, Michael Yau OAM. Li Zhang, Mark Wang and May Hu, OAM.